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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Thursday, May 05, 2016

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty percent (50%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 29% of all likely voters 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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Most Republicans welcome Ted Cruz’s and John Kasich’s dropping out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination. 

Donald Trump is the GOP’s presumptive nominee, although most elected Republicans have steered clear of him until now. How will voters react to elected officials who endorse Trump? We’ll tell you at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.

Both major political parties now appear to have their presidential candidates, and the mud’s about to fly

Voters remain lukewarm about the president's national security policies. Do voters think Trump or Hillary Clinton will do a better job when it comes to national security? 

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It’s about time for the latest crop of college graduates to enter the workforce, but only 35% of Americans think most college graduates have the skills needed to get a job

The U.S. Justice Department is now challenging a new North Carolina’s law that bars people from using public bathrooms that do not correspond to their biological sex, saying the law violates the civil rights of transgendered Americans. Just 21% of all Americans favor allowing transgender people to use the bathrooms of the opposite sex

Sixty-two percent (62%) of voters think there is too much government power and too little individual freedom in America today.  

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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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