Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
Monday, September 26, 2016
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) disapprove (see trends).
The latest figures include 29% of 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 -12.
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Tonight’s the night – the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Voters see this year’s debates as more important than those in most past presidential election cycles.
But they also suspect that it won’t be a level playing field. Voters are pretty convinced the debate moderators will be helping Clinton more than Trump.
These debates are potentially a breakaway moment for either Clinton or Trump who have been running neck-and-neck for weeks in Rasmussen Reports' White House Watch survey.
Trump is ahead by five points in the latest survey, but it's too early to say if he is gaining any traction over his rival.
In mob situations like the one last week in Charlotte, N.C., following a police shooting, who do the president, Clinton and Trump most identify with – the protestors or the police? We’ll tell you what voters think at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.
Obama continues to overrule the voters when it comes to bringing thousands of Middle Eastern refugees to this country.
Twenty-five percent (25%) of voters favor a presidential pardon for Edward J. Snowden, the young computer analyst who leaked some of the nation’s top secrets to the media.
See “What They Told Us” in surveys last week.
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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