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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 21% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 40% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19.

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Twenty-seven percent (27%) believe the country is heading in the right direction.

Voters rate their state government for us at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today. Does it make a difference which political party is in charge?

Look for more presidential candidates to announce this week. We’ll measure their chances right away. But voters are pretty cynical at this point: Most expect both parties to nominate candidates with whom they have very little in common 

The president is meeting today with the secretary general of NATO to discuss Ukraine and Afghanistan. In February, just 35% of voters supported the United States providing additional military assistance including weapons to Ukraine to help it fight pro-Russian separatists. 

In March, Obama agreed to new Afghani President Ashraf Ghani’s request to delay U.S. troop withdrawals as America’s longest-running war keeps dragging on. This is what Americans think about the war in Afghanistan these days.

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Voters still tend to think the new national health care law isn't working and expect things to get even worse.

Seventeen percent (17%) now say they have personally been helped by passage of the health care law, but twice as many (33%) say they have been hurt by it instead. This helps explain why most voters still want to make major changes in the law or dump it completely.

Forty-one percent (41%) say they have a close friend or relative who gave their life while serving in the U.S. military.

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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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