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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 23% 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 -18.

Results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).

We’ll let you know at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today about the president’s plan for expanding the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan.

Hillary Clinton remains the heavy favorite for her party’s presidential nomination in 2016, but the Republican race is still in flux. 

Forty percent (40%) of voters approve of the president’s new plan that will allow nearly five million illegal immigrants to remain in this country legally and apply for jobs. Twenty-eight percent (28%) of Americans now think it is too easy to become a U.S. citizen.

What do Americans think about Black Friday, the biggest spending day of the year, and the commercial frenzy in the weeks ahead?

Most adults think people use their credit cards too much, but they don’t think those overspenders include themselves.

 (More below)

Republicans lead Democrats by four points on the latest Generic Congressional Ballot.

Voters still give the current Congress dismal marks.

Though nearly half of Americans think it’s likely the recent sexual assault allegations against comedian Bill Cosby are true, they still think television networks should hold off on pulling his shows until he is officially charged with a crime.

(More to come)

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 +/- 3 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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