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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Forty-seven percent (47%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 32% of who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 37% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -5.

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The U.S. Olympic team left Rio de Janeiro with more medals than any other team, but it wasn’t without controversy. Despite some bad behavior from members of the men’s swim team, most Americans who watched the Summer Olympics believe they were good for the United States’ image abroad.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a mega-trade deal involving the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries. President Obama is hoping to get it through Congress before he leaves office because Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have both vowed to stop it. The TPP is a bigger deal to Republicans and unaffiliated voters, though, than it is to Democrats. 

Generally speaking, voters are not big fans of free trade deals like NAFTA and TPP.

We’ll tell you at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today what impact Americans think these deals have on jobs and consumer prices.

Clinton still has a slight edge over Trump in our latest weekly White House Watch survey. We’ll be updating those numbers tomorrow morning at 8:30

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Parents give their kids’ schools high marks, but they’re in no hurry to get them back in the classroom after summer.

Americans are more negative than ever about the internet’s impact on journalism and politics.

Forty-four percent (44%) of voters under 40 - and 28% of all voters - say they mostly turn to the internet for their political news.

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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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