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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Thursday, October 08, 2015

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-four percent (54%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 24% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 39% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15.

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Forget the build-up hype. Next Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate is already a win for Hillary Clinton. 

Voters still insist they value substance over more superficial factors when deciding whom to vote for, but they are a bit more likely to admit their emotions play a role.  

Some lawmakers want the U.S. military to establish a non-fly zone over Syria even though that could bring us into direct conflict with Russia. We’ll tell you at 10:30 a.m. Eastern what voters think about that idea.

The situation in Syria has gotten a lot more complicated in recent days with Russia and Iran committing military forces to the ongoing civil war there to help their ally, embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and to fight the growing presence of the radical Islamic group ISIS. But are the enemies of our enemy in Syria now our friends? 

Voters continue to feel the federal government is not devoting enough attention to the terrorist threat of radical Islam here at home.

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House Republicans take their first vote today on a replacement for Speaker John Boehner. The real question facing them is whether they want a speaker who will fight more or one who like Boehner hopes periodic strategic wins will put the party in a better place come the next election.

Something about the past year must have been good for Americans because more are reporting better health than they have in quite some time.

But 40% report paying more for prescription drugs than they were six months ago.

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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 +/- 2.5 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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