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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove (see trends).

Seventy-nine percent (79%) of Democrats approve of the job the president is doing. Eighty-eight percent (88%) of Republicans and 52% of voters not affiliated with either major political party disapprove.

The latest figures include 23% of all likely voters 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 -17.

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

Connecticut and Massachusetts are traditionally Democratic-leaning states, but this year’s gubernatorial contests in both states are surprisingly competitive.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has crossed the 50% mark in his bid for reelection in Kentucky. 

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Most voters (63%) still prefer a smaller government with fewer services and lower taxes over a larger one with more services and higher taxes.

Roughly the same number of voters consider it a positive description if a candidate is called a conservative (31%), a moderate (33%) or a progressive (30%).

Just 15% believe the United States and its allies are winning the war against the radical Muslim group ISIS in Iraq. 

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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 +/- 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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