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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Friday, April 29, 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-eight percent (48%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 26% of all likely voters who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 36% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -10. 

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are again tied in a head-to-head matchup. Sixteen percent (16%) say they will vote for some other candidate if they are the two major party candidates, while six percent (6%) plan to stay home.

Belief that Trump is the likely Republican presidential nominee has soared to its highest level ever and matches perceptions that Clinton will be the Democratic standard-bearer in the fall.

Ninety-one percent (91%) of Democrats – and 84% of all likely voters - see Clinton as the likely Democratic nominee.

Anti-Trump protestors turned violent at a Trump campaign event last night in California. After similar incidents at Trump rallies last month, 52% of voters blamed the candidate’s positions rather than his political opponents, but 83% still felt it is more important for political candidates to tell voters what they really think rather than make sure no one is offended by what they say.

Voters tend to believe Obama has weakened the U.S. military, but that doesn't mean they're willing to pay more in taxes to turn the situation around.

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Most voters continue to have a generally favorable view of the first lady of the United States, but there remain wide political and racial differences of opinion. 

Michelle Obama started the “Let’s Move” campaign to encourage healthy lifestyle habits in children, pushing exercise, healthy eating and better school nutrition standards. But most Americans believe it's not the federal government's job to decide what school kids eat.

Bankruptcy looms for Puerto Rico while Congress debates some kind of rescue plan. Just 15% of voters think Congress should bail out Puerto Rico. 

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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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