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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Monday, May 30, 2016

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday 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 29% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 38% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -9.

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A sizable number of Americans consider Memorial Day one of the nation’s most important holidays, and most plan to do something special today to honor those who have given their lives for this country.

The U.S. military scored a big win several days ago with the killing of Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, leader of the Afghan Taliban. With increasing concern about the threat of terrorism here and abroad, voters are placing more importance on the war in Afghanistan, now in its 14th year, although less than half favor keeping U.S. troops there another year.

Most now think the military is overstretched with too many missions worldwide.

Given reports of long lines at airports around the country, it’s no surprising that Americans are more critical of the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and airport security.

For most Americans, though, Memorial Day has long been the start of summer.

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It’s graduation season for high school and college students across the country. But Americans seriously question whether these graduates are ready for what comes next.

Comedy icon Bill Cosby is guilty in the court of public opinion.

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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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