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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Friday, December 02, 2016

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Forty-five percent (45%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 32% of who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 33% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -1 (see trends).

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President-elect Trump is already making news on the economic front, but how do voters think he will stack up against Obama when it comes to protecting U.S. jobs and creating new ones? We’ll tell you at 10:30.

Most voters expect big things from Trump and the Republican Congress right from the start but aren’t quite as optimistic as when Obama and the Democrats took full charge in 2009. 

Trump ran as an outsider candidate promising to “drain the swamp” of Washington, DC, but most Republicans (57%) are concerned that he won’t change things enough. Seventy-six percent (76%) of Democrats fear he will change things too much. Unaffiliated voters are much more closely divided in their concerns about the new president's policy direction.

Still struggling to explain Trump's surprise victory, Hillary Clinton and many of her supporters first blamed FBI Director James Comey. But 60% of all voters agreed with the FBI’s decision to go public about its reopening of its Clinton e-mail investigation less than two weeks before Election Day.

In recent days, some of Clinton’s supporters have turned to what they are calling “fake news” on social media sites, insisting that the deliberate spreads of false information may have been a deciding factor. Fifty-five percent (55%) of Americans believe it is at least somewhat likely that fake news sites on the internet impacted the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, with 27% who say it’s Very Likely.

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Jury selection is underway in the federal trial of Dylann Roof who stands accused of the shooting deaths of a pastor and eight parishioners in a black Charleston, South Carolina church last year. Most Americans believe Roof deserves the death penalty if found guilty.

Confidence in U.S. race relations hit an all-time low earlier this year, but most don’t think Americans are inherently racist.

Has Cyber Monday taken the place of Black Friday for holiday shoppers?

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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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