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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Friday, February 05, 2016

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

The latest figures include 27% 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 -12.

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Donald Trump insists his second-place showing in Monday’s Iowa caucus isn’t bad, but perception among his fellow Republicans that Trump will be the party’s presidential nominee has fallen sharply this week.

At 10:30 a.m. Eastern today, Rasmussen Reports will release new numbers on the race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Sixty percent (60%) of Democrats – but just 31% of all voters - say they would vote for Obama if he could legally seek a third term.

Most voters, as they have in surveys for years, prefer a smaller, less active government with fewer services and lower taxes over a larger, more active one with more services and higher taxes. 

After all, 81% describe the federal government today as corrupt, with 33% who think it’s Very Corrupt. 

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Most Americans agree that too many people are in prison today, but many also feel conditions in America's prisons aren't tough enough.

Americans by a two-to-on margin  think it’s a bigger problem for U.S. law enforcement that too many criminals are set free than that too many innocent people are arrested.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of black voters still believe American society is unfair and discriminatory.  Just as many whites (61%) and a plurality (45%) of other minority voters say society here is fair and decent.

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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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