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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 51% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Forty-eight percent (48%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 30% 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 -7.

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Bernie Sanders’ decision to vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump isn’t impressing many Democrats. 

Clinton still holds a five-point lead over Trump in Rasmussen Reports’ latest weekly White House Watch survey. We’ll update those numbers tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. Eastern.

Trump in a major jobs and trade speech yesterday detailed his intentions to tear up international trade deals that hurt American workers and to tackle a rapacious China. Most voters here have long regarded China  as a major economic threat, and 51% believe the U.S. government ignores abuses by the Chinese government that it would not tolerate in other countries because of China’s economic power. Just 17% disagree.

A tied U.S. Supreme Court last week kept in place a lower court ruling stopping the president’s plan to exempt up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation. We’ll tell you how voters feel about that plan at 10:30 a.m. today. 

Twenty-six states challenged the president’s amnesty plan in federal court. What does America think of this and other cases like it pitting states against the Obama administration?

Despite the media panic and market swings that have resulted, Americans still aren’t sweating Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union and are not particularly worried that the “Brexit” will hurt them in the pocketbook. 

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Another day, another terrorist attack. This time the innocents were killed by radical Islamic terrorists in the airport in Istanbul, Turkey. Following the recent terrorist attack in Orlando, fewer voters than ever believe the United States today is safer than it was before 9/11

Attorney General Loretta Lynch told a group in Orlando following the mass slaughter there that love is the best response to terrorism. Most voters don’t agree. 

Voters aren’t sold on government caps on malpractice payouts but remain enthusiastic about removing state barriers to purchasing health insurance

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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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