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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday 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 22% 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 -17.

Results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).

Check our latest numbers from the West Virginia Senate race at noon Eastern today. The seat of retiring Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller is a must pick-up for Republicans if they want to control the Senate.

New Democratic candidate Amanda Curtis has a long way to go to keep Republicans from claiming one of Montana’s U.S. Senate seats this year.  

Local school districts around the country are discovering that the Obama administration has secretly moved some of the latest illegal immigrants into their areas. We’ll tell you how voters feel about that at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.

An increasing majority of voters believes gaining control of the border is the most important immigration reform needed, but they think the federal government encourages illegal immigration instead.

Similarly, voters and the feds don’t see eye-to-eye on laws requiring all voters to prove their identity before being allowed to vote.

Voters complain that their congressional representatives don't listen to them, but very few are likely to attend a local meeting held by any of those representatives during the current August recess. 

(More to come)

Twenty-four percent (24%) of voters think the United States is heading in the right direction.

Fifty-six percent (56%) of homeowners still believe their home is worth more than what they still owe on their mortgage, but that's down eight points from last month’s all-time high of 64%.  

But most homeowners have not been late on a mortgage payment recently and don’t expect to be anytime soon.

(More below)

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 +/- 3 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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