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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 26% 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 -15. 

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made it official in an interview published today that he is considering an independent bid for the presidency. We’ll look at Bloomberg’s chances and which major party candidate he’s likely to hurt the most in numbers released at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.

Today’s New Hampshire primary is a make-or-break event for several of the Republican candidates. Donald Trump still holds a double-digit lead nationally over his rivals for the GOP presidential nomination. 

Despite the closeness of last week’s Iowa caucus, Hillary Clinton’s support nationally among Democrats remains unchanged, according to Rasmussen Reports’ latest look at the Democratic presidential race.

With the primary process finally underway, both Republicans and Democrats are more confident that the ideological leanings of their party's eventual presidential nominee will match theirs.

Voters still don’t see Obama or the Republican-controlled Congress as an asset to their respective party’s presidential candidate, but GOP voters are far more likely to see their party’s legislators as a burden on the party’s nominee.

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Just 28% of voters think America is heading in the right direction.

Forty-six percent (46%) believe America’s best days are in the past. Thirty-five percent (35%) think the best days are still to come. Nineteen percent (19%) are not sure.

Consumers are feeling pretty confident that they will have money left over after they’ve paid their bills this month, but they’re less sure where they are headed financially in the month to come. 

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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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