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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 24% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 40% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -16.

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It seems every political candidate these days positions themselves as a champion of the middle class. But what does that mean? Voters tell us at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today how they define middle class.

A lot can happen in the nearly 19 months between now and Election Day, but right now voters agree the president and the Republican-led Congress are a problem for the presidential candidates of their respective political parties. 

But then looking ahead to next year’s presidential contest, most voters expect more of the same: two candidates with whom they have very little in common.

Voters are less convinced that Bill Clinton will be a plus for his wife’s bid for the White House.

Senator Marco Rubio is the third Republican to officially announce his candidacy for president, and GOP voters think he has about the same shot as his announced rivals Ted Cruz and Rand Paul to win the party’s nomination.

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Americans still have a very high opinion of teaching, but more than ever say it's not a job most people consider pursuing.

Looks like the North and South still don’t see eye-to-eye on the Civil War 150 years after it ended, but one-out-of-three Americans don’t even know when that cataclysmic conflict took place.

Most adults think their fellow Americans should be proud of this nation’s history, but 60% doubt that they actually know much about it.

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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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