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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty percent (50%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 24% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 37% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -13.

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We’ll tell you at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today how voters feel about the new Congress these days.

The House of Representatives before leaving for spring recess passed a budget that defunds Obamacare and sent it on to the Senate. Voters still prefer smaller, cheaper government but clearly recognize that Obama has reversed that trend.

Five years after its passage by Congress, attitudes about the national health care law remain largely unchanged: Voters expect it to increase health care costs and hurt the quality of care. 

Today’s the deadline for the Iranian nuclear talks. Voters think any deal the Obama administration makes with Iran should be approved by Congress.

But most are also skeptical that any deal is likely to slow or stop Iran’s development of nuclear weapons.

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Just over half of voters still disagree with the Obama administration’s decision to swap several Taliban prisoners for POW Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan. Bergdahl has now been charged by the Army with desertion.

The president announced last week that he is delaying the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan at the request of the new Afghani president. Here’s how voters feel about America’s longest-running war these days.

Only 29% think the United States is heading in the right direction. Sixty-three percent (63%) disagree.

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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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