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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Monday, May 25, 2015

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 21% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 39% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -18.

Thirty-eight percent (38%) of Democrats Strongly Approve of the president’s job performance. Sixty-six percent (66%) of Republicans and 43% of voters not affiliated with either major political party Strongly Disapprove.

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Today the nation honors those who have given their lives while serving in the U.S. military. For most Americans, it is one of the nation’s most important holidays as we report at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.

Voters continue to hold the military in high esteem.

But 51% also believe our political leaders send the nation’s soldiers into harm’s way too often.  Seventy-one percent (71%) agree with former President Ronald Reagan that “the United States should not commit its forces to military action overseas unless the cause is vital to our national interest.” 

This helps explain why even though voters are more convinced that the radical Islamic State group (ISIS) is winning the war in Iraq, they are less enthusiastic than ever about sending U.S. troops back into action to do something about it.

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Most voters still want to make major changes in Obamacare or dump it completely. 

See “What They Told Us” in surveys last week. 

Summer doesn’t technically begin for another month, but most Americans still view the Memorial Day weekend as the kickoff of their favorite season.

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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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