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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Friday, January 30, 2015

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

The latest figures include 27% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 36% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -9.

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How do Americans feel about women and open gays and lesbians in the pulpit? We’ll tell you at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.

More voters than ever think women are good for the U.S. military, but they remain closely divided about gays and lesbians in uniform. 

The president’s overall job approval ratings may have improved since Election Day,  but voter opinions of his handling of the economy and national security have not.r

However, voters think the president is getting more confrontational with his political opponents

Speaking of confrontational, most voters don’t want Loretta Lynch to be like Attorney General Eric Holder, the man the president has nominated her to replace. 

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Democratic voters have their complaints with Washington, D.C., but they remain more content with their party’s political representation than Republican voters are

A lot of GOP voters think they are more conservative than their elected representatives

Americans are eating out more but still enjoying it less than a good meal at home. 

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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 400 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 1,200 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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