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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday 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 25% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 40% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15.

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Just 26% of voters think the United States is headed in the right direction.

Most U.S. voters still consider the United States the best country in the world, but they don’t think we are winning any popularity contests. 

Still, many nations of the world expect the United States to help resolve their major problems, particularly ones involving violent conflict, but just 21% of U.S. voters think America should be the world’s policeman.

Perhaps the most recent example of world dependence on the United States is Obama's announcement that thousands of Middle Eastern refugees will be brought to the United States to help alleviate the migrant crisis now overwhelming Europe. Voters here want to put the breaks on that idea and strongly believe Congress should have a say in whether those refugees are allowed to come here.

Congress has been tying itself in knots lately over funding for Planned Parenthood following the release of controversial videos showing representatives of the organization haggling over the sale of the body parts of aborted babies. We’ll tell you how voters feel about the issue at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.

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Following a disappointing government jobs report for September, most voters continue to view the U.S. economy as unfair.

The Obama administration has concluded a 12-nation trade deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership which is seen as a counter to China’s economic muscle, but it needs congressional approval first. Some presidential hopefuls including Donald Trump have already denounced the deal.

Americans are a little less enthusiastic about free trade these days, even though they admit it’s better for consumers. But they’re also more likely now to see it as a job killer.

Fifty-four percent (54%) say the government does not do enough to protect U.S. manufacturers and businesses from foreign competition

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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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