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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 26% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 37% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -11.

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Thirty-five percent (35%) of voters now say the country is heading in the right direction. Most still disagree, but this marks the highest level of confidence since March 2013.

The president’s daily job approval rating rose to its highest level in nearly two years following last week’s State of the Union address but quickly fell back. Will the right direction finding do the same or is this indicative of improving overall confidence?

Obama’s job approval ratings have gotten better since Election Day, but voter opinions of his handling of the economy and national security have not. 

We’ll tell you at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today how voters feel about Loretta Lynch, the president’s nominee to be the next U.S. attorney general. Her Senate confirmation hearings continue today.

Voters are ever-so-slightly happier with the new Congress, although that’s not saying much.

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Republicans are definitely a conservative bunch. 

See our profile of the average Democratic voter at noon today.

As Kentucky, Illinois and several other states consider adopting right-to-work laws, voters aren’t as convinced that such laws which ban compulsory union dues have a positive impact on state economies. However, those who live in right-to-work states paint a rosier economic picture.

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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 400 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 1,200 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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