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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 23% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 38% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15.

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The U.S. Senate is returning for a highly unusual special Sunday session to decide whether to extend the controversial Patriot Act, including its provisions allowing the National Security Agency to spy on millions of innocent Americans. How important do voters consider their privacy rights when national security is at stake?

Despite a recent federal appeals court ruling that the NSA’s mass collection of Americans’ phone records is illegal, voters are actually more supportive of the agency’s actions.

Should tax-paying illegal immigrants be allowed to vote? Should they be counted when states are determining the size of voting districts? We’ll tell you what voters think at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.

While U.S. voters believe they have it better than citizens of other countries, they still don’t think they have enough say over who gets elected to lead them. 

But are Americans informed voters? We’ll tell you what their fellow voters think at 1 p.m. today.

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Can Obama change Obamacare without Congress’ okay? That’s the heart of a court case filed by the House of Representatives that was first heard in federal court yesterday.

Most voters still want to make major changes in the health care law or dump it completely.

The president’s plan to protect up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation also has run into legal trouble, but that’s okay with voters.

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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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