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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Friday, August 01, 2014

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-four percent (54%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 21% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 43% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -22.

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

Look for our latest numbers on the Illinois governor’s race at 10:30 a.m. Eastern and the Florida gubernatorial contest at noon today.

Voters rate the growing illegal immigration crisis as a bigger national security concern for the United States than Russia and the renewed fighting between the Israelis and Palestinians.

But most voters think the president is doing a poor job handling the latest immigration crisis and believe he wants to let most of the new illegal immigrants stay here despite majority support for their quick deportation.

Voters definitely want to stay out of the conflict in Gaza.

Republican Governor Rick Snyder’s in a tight race for reelection in Michigan.

(More to come)

A new jobs report is coming out today, and more working Americans than ever think they will be earning more money a year from now.

Still, just over half of Americans say a bad economy is the reason for the large increase in the number of food stamp recipients. However, a sizable number believe it’s because the government has made food stamps easier to get.

Belief that the United States and its allies are winning the War on Terror has fallen to its lowest level in over 10 years of regular tracking.

(More below)

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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