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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Forty-six percent (46%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 34% of who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 35% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -1 (see trends).

This is the president’s highest Approval Index rating since mid-February 2013.

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Early results from their final debate are in, and Donald Trump remains barely ahead of Hillary Clinton in the latest White House Watch.

Newly released information shows that a State Department official offered the FBI a secret deal to take the classified rating off at least one of the e-mails Clinton sent on her private e-mail server while the FBI was investigating the matter. We’ll tell you at 10:30 this morning whether voters still disagree with the FBI’s decision not to seek a criminal indictment of Clinton for mishandling top secret information.

Eighty percent  (80%) of voters believe this year’s presidential campaign is more negative than past campaigns.

Voters now rate a candidate's business past as more important to their vote than experience in government.

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Clinton and the Obama administration claim that Russia is behind the WikiLeaks release of high-level Clinton campaign e-mails. WikiLeaks says that isn’t true. But just 37% of Democrats - and 34% of all voters – think it would be bad for U.S.-Russia relations if the Russians obtained Clinton’s 33,000 deleted State Department e-mails through cyberspying and turned them over to the FBI

Utah hasn’t supported a Democratic presidential candidate since 1964, but new polling suggests that it could help elect one this year.

As for the Senate race in Utah, Republican Senator Mike Lee appears poised to keep his seat against Democratic challenger Misty Snow, the first openly transgender person from a major party to run for the U.S. Senate.

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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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