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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday 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 31% of 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 -7.

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The White House insists that blacks are better off after the president’s eight years in office, but voters strongly disagree.   No wonder Republican nominee Donald Trump is reaching out to black voters, saying they have “nothing to lose” by supporting him.

In January 2009 just before Obama’s inauguration, 70% of Americans said race relations are getting better. Now 50% say race relations are getting worse, the highest level of pessimism ever.

The latest weekly Rasmussen Reports White House Watch survey shows Trump losing ground to Hillary Clinton.

Voter anger at the government, an important driver in this year’s presidential race, remains high.

Do voters trust the federal government to do the right thing? Do they see the government as a threat to their liberties or a protector? We’ll tell you at 10:30 a.m. Eastern.

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Rejecting the kind of student demands that have plagued many campuses in recent years, the University of Chicago is warning students not to go there if they can’t handle hearing all sides of political and academic issues. A sizable number of Americans question whether free speech has a place on modern campuses.

Only 20% of Americans feel they have true freedom of speech these days. Seventy-three percent (73%) say instead that they have to be careful not to say something politically incorrect to avoid getting in trouble.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Most Americans have a favorable opinion of the National Park Service and are fine with the number of national parks in the country.

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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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