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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Friday, March 06, 2015

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday 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.

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In a speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came out strongly against the deal the Obama administration is negotiating with Iran to curb the latter’s nuclear development program. We’ll let you know how voters feel about the Iran deal at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.

Most voters (54%) still consider Iran to be a vital national security interest for the United States, but in late January just 38% gave the administration good or excellent marks for its efforts to stop Iran’s development of nuclear weapons.  

Belief that the United States and its allies are winning the War on Terror has fallen to its lowest level in nearly 11 years of regular tracking.

Only 14% of voters agree with exiting Attorney General Eric Holder that it is too hard now for the Justice Department to charge people with civil rights violations.

By a 47% to 28 margin, voters believe Holder is more interested in politics than in administering justice in a fair way

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Voters still give positive marks to their local air and water but think the environment as a whole is getting worse. 

They also still strongly distrust the way the federal government spends their tax dollars.

As stories of teen suicide continue to appear in the news, Americans are taking it seriously and feel strongly about who should be responsible for preventing such tragedies. 

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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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