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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 21% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 42% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -21.

Results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).

How do voters feel about the U.S. Department of Justice involving itself in local police matters like the one in Ferguson, Missouri? We’ll let you know at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.

Speaking of Ferguson, is the media giving us the straight story? We decided to find out what America thinks.

Look for our latest numbers from the South Carolina and Arkansas governor’s races at noon and 1 p.m. today.

Does the GOP still have a chance of picking up Democratic Senator Mark Pryor’s seat in Arkansas?

House Speaker John Boehner remains Congress’ most unpopular leader, but both parties’ bosses in the Senate continue to operate below the radar for many voters.

Just 23% think the United States is heading in the right direction, only the second time national optimism has fallen this low since last October.

(More to come)

Kids are already going back to school, but how do Americans feel about sending them back before Labor Day? 

Religious tolerance is a one-way street when it comes to the Muslim world, most Americans say.

Americans think the Ice Bucket Challenge is doing the right thing.

(More below)

Some readers wonder how we come up with our job approval ratings for the president since they often don’t show as dramatic a change as some other pollsters do. It depends on how you ask the question and whom you ask. 

To get a sense of longer-term job approval trends for the president, Rasmussen Reports compiles our tracking data on a full month-by-month basis.

Rasmussen Reports has been a pioneer in the use of automated telephone polling techniques, but many other firms still utilize their own operator-assisted technology (see methodology).

Daily tracking results are collected via telephone surveys of 500 likely voters per night and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. To reach those who have abandoned traditional landline telephones, Rasmussen Reports uses an online survey tool to interview randomly selected participants from a demographically diverse panel. The margin of sampling error for the full sample of 1,500 Likely Voters is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Results are also compiled on a full-week basis and crosstabs for full-week results are available for Platinum Members.

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