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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove (see trends). 

The latest figures include 29% of who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 42% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -13.

Fifty-one percent (51%) of Democrats Strongly Approve of the president’s job performance. Seventy-one percent (71%) of Republicans and 45% of voters not affiliated with either major political party Strongly Disapprove.

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Heading into this week’s Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton has rebounded into a virtual tie with Republican nominee Donald Trump in Rasmussen Reports’ latest White House Watch survey. The survey was taken prior to Trump’s acceptance speech last Thursday night, however, and before Clinton was engulfed in another e-mail scandal, this time from within her own party. We will update these numbers Thursday morning at 8:30 Eastern.

The leak of e-mails showing Democratic Party insiders plotting against Clinton’s primary rival Bernie Sanders probably isn’t a surprise to many Sanders supporters. They were already questioning the fairness of the party’s superdelegate system which gave Clinton the edge right from the start. 

Trump trashed his likely Democratic rival's tenure as secretary of State in his convention acceptance speech, but as far as voters are concerned, it's Clinton's biggest professional achievement

Television, primarily cable, still reigns supreme for political news among voters, and while they remain skeptical, voters are slightly more trusting of the news they are getting this election cycle compared to past years. But more voters, particularly those under 40, are turning to the internet for their news. 

As in previous presidential election cycles, voters expect most reporters covering political campaigns to help their favorite candidates and think it's far more likely they will help Clinton than Trump.

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Michelle Obama will be the biggest speaker on the dais tonight on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention. Most voters continue to have a generally favorable view of the first lady of the United States, but there remain wide political and racial differences of opinion. 

We’ll tell you at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today how Americans rate the level of free speech on social media like Facebook and Twitter. 

See “What They Told Us” in surveys last week. 

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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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