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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

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

The latest figures include 23% 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 -14.

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Hillary Clinton is expected to call today for a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants in this country. But most voters continue to say controlling the border should come first. Just 30% think it’s more important to legalize those already living here, the lowest finding in two years. 

Fifty-eight percent (58%) believe providing a pathway to citizenship for those currently in the country illegally will just encourage more illegal immigration

No wonder that most voters expect both major parties to once again pick presidential candidates they don’t agree with.  

How do voters rate Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ chances of beating Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination next year? Sanders last week became the second declared candidate for his party’s nomination.

Voters have a message for presidential hopefuls: Comparing themselves to President Obama or his predecessor, George W. Bush, is a much better idea during primary season than it is during the general election.

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As the fallout continues from last week’s mob violence in Baltimore, we’ll tell you at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today what Americans think about requiring all police to wear body cameras.

Most voters continue to favor across-the-board spending cuts by the federal government, but more than ever don’t expect the government to oblige.

Twenty-seven percent (27%) think the country is headed in the right direction.

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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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