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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 21% 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 -18.

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

Colorado is one of the states that is critical to Republican hopes of taking over the Senate. We’ll release our latest numbers on the Colorado Senate race at 1 p.m. Eastern today.

The Obama administration announced yesterday that it is allocating $9 million to provide attorneys for some of the illegal immigrant children who flooded into the county earlier this year. Do voters think these illegal immigrants should have the same rights as legal U.S. citizens? We’ll let you know at 10:30.

Voters think retiring Attorney General Eric Holder played politics while in office and hope the president nominates someone who’s not like Holder to be the nation’s next top law enforcement officer.

The Rasmussen Employment Index which measures worker confidence fell slightly in September after reaching an all-time high in August.

Most Americans still consider military service good for young people but know fewer people who have joined the military out of frustration with the job market.

(More below)

Seventy-one percent (71%) of Americans consider sexual violence at colleges and universities a serious problem, but only 39% think new codes of conduct for sexual activity being established by many schools are likely to reduce the problem.

Republican Asa Hutchinson has pulled slightly ahead of Democrat Mike Ross in the race to be Arkansas’ next governor.

Incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn has edged past Republican challenger Bruce Rauner for the first time this year in Illinois’ gubernatorial race.

(More to come)

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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