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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 31% of 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 -8. 

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The upcoming presidential election is shaping up as a referendum on the federal government and its actions. Supporters of Donald Trump really dislike the feds, while voters who support Hillary Clinton think they’re great. 

Among all likely voters,  67% are angry at the policies of the federal government, including 34% who are Very Angry, consistent with surveying since 2009.

Thirty-six percent (36%) of all voters believe the government rarely or never does the right thing, the highest level of criticism in three years. Only 32% consider the federal government today a protector of individual liberty.

The latest weekly Rasmussen Reports White House Watch survey shows Trump losing ground to Clinton.

The White House insists that blacks are better off after the president’s eight years in office, but voters strongly disagree.

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Sign-ups for health insurance through government exchanges set up under Obamacare are falling well short of projections, prompting health insurers to pull out to avoid massive losses. Voters still tend to view the national health care law negatively, and fewer voters than ever expect it to lower health care costs.

In 2016, news and politics are playing out online minute by minute. Yet Americans are still uneasy with the internet’s growing impact in both areas.

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

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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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