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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 22% 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 -20.

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

The president is expected to announce a major U.S. initiative today to fight the spreading Ebola epidemic in Africa. How concerned are Americans that the killer disease will reach our shores? We’ll tell you at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.

Democrats have regained the lead on the latest Generic Congressional Ballot.  

The gap is narrowing, but incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen is still ahead of Republican Scott Brown in New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate race.

It’s been nearly a year since the national health care law officially took effect, and voter attitudes about its impact on the cost and quality of care remain basically unchanged - and negative.

The president in a nationally televised speech last week outlined his plans for fighting the radical group that calls itself the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also known as ISIL), and voters are mostly supportive of those plans.

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Most voters continue to think the federal government should cut spending to help boost the economy

Appointed Democratic Senator Brian Schatz holds a two-to-one lead over Republican challenger Campbell Cavasso in his bid to keep his seat in Hawaii.

Incumbent Democrat Chris Coons is also well ahead in Delaware’s U.S. Senate 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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