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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday 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 23% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 42% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19.

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Look for another dump of Hillary Clinton e-mails from the State Department today. So far, only 18% of Democrats – and 45% of all voters - consider the national security questions raised about Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server while serving as secretary of State to be a serious scandal.

We’ll tell you at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today if voters think more gun control would prevent incidents like the one last week in which a disgruntled former employee murdered a TV reporter and her cameraman while they were on the air.

Yet another police officer was shot and killed execution-style over the weekend, this time in Texas. Most voters think the media is overemphasizing shootings by the police and making their jobs more dangerous.

Most Americans have an even more positive view of their local police and don’t consider their tactics out of line.

A judge last week sentenced Aurora, Colorado theater shooter James Holmes to life in prison. Holmes is fortunate Americans in general weren’t his judge and jury. 

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Rasmussen Reports’ latest Trump Change survey shows belief that Donald Trump will be the next Republican presidential nominee inching up among both GOP voters and voters in general.

Most Americans continue to lack confidence in the Federal Reserve Board to keep interest rates down and expect to pay higher interest rates next year.

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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