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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 62% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Thirty-eight percent (38%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 41% of who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 29% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of +12 (see trends).

These are the final approval numbers we will post for Obama. We will look back at his approval ratings throughout his presidency at 1 pm. EST today.

Because Rasmussen Reports’ daily Presidential Tracking Poll is based on three days of surveying, we will not post new numbers again until Friday when we will begin tracking President Trump’s job approval.

Regular updates are posted Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).

Thirty-five percent (35%) of voters now believe the United States is headed in the right direction. That ties the high for all of last year first reached in early December.

Most voters blame Trump for his problems with the media and think he ought to do something about them.

Still, separate surveying finds that voters remain critical of the news coverage of Trump and think the media is still showing the same bias against him that it displayed during the presidential campaign. 

Voters tend to disapprove of Trump's frequent use of Twitter to bypass the traditional media but are evenly divided over whether future presidents will follow in his footsteps.

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Most voters think Trump is likely to put his businesses first even when he is president.

Trump announced last week that he is turning his business empire over to his two sons, but 39% of voters think he should be required to sell all his businesses to avoid any possibility of conflict of interest.

Nearly three years after its disappearance, authorities have officially ended the unsuccessful search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Most Americans suspected that would be the outcome just two weeks after the plane went missing.

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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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