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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Friday, May 01, 2015

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 24% 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 -14.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will be on hand tomorrow for his state’s premier sporting event, the Kentucky Derby. But like the other top congressional leaders, McConnell, despite his recent reelection, remains an unpopular choice among voters nationwide.  

Americans view the recent rioting in Baltimore as criminal behavior, not legitimate protest.

Hillary Clinton used the events in Baltimore for a major policy speech this week calling for reform of the criminal justice system, including reducing the number of people in America’s prisons. Several leading Republican presidential hopefuls agree. We’ll tell you what voters think about some of the reform ideas at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.

Speaking of Clinton, voters are growing more suspicious that she has something to hide as Obama administration officials wrestle with the news media and congressional investigators over releasing her e-mail as secretary of State.

Just over half of voters do not trust Clinton, and even more think she used her position as secretary of State to benefit some of those who gave money to her Clinton Foundation

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One-in-five Americans are responding to the devastating earthquake in Nepal with money from their pocket, and most think the spread of social media helps in situations like this. 

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters still consider American society fair and decent. Thirty-one percent (31%) say it is generally unfair and discriminatory.

Voters continue to doubt they’ll receive all their promised Medicare benefits, but they're less willing to raise the eligibility age to keep the program afloat.

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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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