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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty percent (50%) 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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Indiana and Arkansas have now joined the states that have religious freedom laws to protect Americans of faith from an overreaching government. But critics contend the wording of the laws encourages anti-gay discrimination. We’ll tell you how voters feel about these religious freedom laws at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.

Seventy-two percent (72%) of Americans say their religious faith is important in their daily lives  Thirty-three percent (33%) think the government discriminates against people of religious faith, but 44% disagree.

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of voters do not believe the government should be allowed to prosecute religious leaders for comments that criticize government and social policies that violate the basic beliefs of their religion.

Voters remain closely divided on the issue of gay marriage.

Congress continues to earn slightly better marks than it has in quite awhile, perhaps because voters are a bit more likely to think they see eye-to-eye with their local representative.

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Monica Lewinsky is back in the news. Looking back on the sex scandal that led to President Bill Clinton’s impeachment nearly 20 years ago, do Americans consider Lewinsky a consensual adult or the victim of an older, more powerful man?

Clinton made news when he declared during his presidency that the era of big government is over. Voters still prefer smaller, cheaper government but clearly recognize that Barack Obama, the next Democrat after Clinton to be in the White House, has reversed that trend.

Does America think the homeland is safe from terrorists?

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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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