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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 55% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Forty-four percent (44%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 30% 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 -3 (see trends).

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Both major party candidates are creeping up in the closing weeks of the presidential campaign, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports White House Watch. 

Donald Trump is still slightly ahead in reliably Republican Utah despite a spirited challenge from Republican-turned-Independent Evan McMullin. Congressman Jason Chaffetz who withdrew his support from Trump after the release of a video showing the nominee making crude sexual comments now says he will vote for Trump anyway.

Is McMullin making inroads in Idaho, another traditionally safe GOP state? We’ll tell you at noon today.

Skyrocketing premiums for those who purchased their health insurance through Obamacare exchanges has Clinton on the defensive. She’s promised increased federal subsidies, but voters oppose taxpayer help to offset these rate increases.

Find out at 10:30 how Americans rate their economic prospects and what they think the value of their home will be a year from now.

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Republican Joe Heck has lost his lead, now falling slightly behind Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada’s race to replace retiring U.S. Senator Harry Reid.

Trump is calling for term limits on members of Congress even though his party currently controls both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Voters agree more strongly than ever with the need for congressional term limits.

Democrats are nearly twice as likely as Republicans to think their presidential nominee will help congressional candidates in their party. On the other hand, just 17% of GOP voters believe the job Republicans have done in Congress will help Trump’s bid for the presidency, while 48% of Democratic voters say Democrats’ performance in Congress will help Clinton.

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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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