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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Friday, April 18, 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 22% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 41% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19.

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

What if Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius runs for the Senate in Kansas this year? We’ll let you know how she matches up with incumbent Republican Senator Pat Roberts at noon Eastern today.

Congress earns its lowest performance ratings in months: Just six percent (6%) of voters think the nation’s legislators are doing a good or excellent job.  

Sixty-two percent (62%) think the U.S. economy is unfair to the middle class.

Seventy-five percent (75%) of Americans are worried about inflation, and 72% expect the amount they spend for groceries to be higher a year from now.

Fifty percent (50%) are confident in the stability of the nation's banks, unchanged from recent months. By comparison, in July 2008, prior to the Wall Street meltdown, 68% were confident in the U.S. banking system.

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Incumbent Republican Nikki Haley holds a double-digit lead over Democratic challenger Vincent Sheheen in Rasmussen Reports’ first look at their 2014 gubernatorial rematch in South Carolina.

Forty-one percent (41%) of voters nationwide believe that if Hillary Clinton is the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, most reporters will try to help her. Only 13% think most reporters will try to help her Republican opponent instead.

Thirty-one percent (31%) think the country is heading in the right direction.

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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 +/- 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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