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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 55% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Forty-five percent (45%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 31% of who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 34% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -3 (see trends).

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Hillary Clinton still maintains a slight advantage as support for the major third party candidates appears to be slipping away in Rasmussen Reports’ latest White House Watch survey.

Rasmussen Reports thought it would cut through all the charges and counter-charges flying in the presidential race and ask voters which candidate they think has more to hide. They say Clinton does.

With just two weeks left until Election Day, Clinton leads Donald Trump in the key state of Nevada. Look here at 2 pm today for new numbers on the Senate race in Nevada to replace Harry Reid.

Utah, perhaps the most Republican state in the country, may be at risk for Trump with Independent candidate Evan McMullin on the presidential ballot.

Just 36% of voters think it’s even somewhat likely that a third-party candidate could win the presidency in the next 10 years, and only 12% say it’s Very Likely. 

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Voters rate the selection of the next U.S. Supreme Court justice as a big deal to their upcoming presidential vote, and they strongly favor a justice who will abide by the Constitution.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was forced to apologize in July after she criticized Trump publicly. Voters strongly agree that it’s bad for the high court when the justices make public political statements.

However, voters have said in surveys for years that most Supreme Court justices are not impartial but instead have their own political agenda

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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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