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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 24% 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 -17.

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Forget New Hampshire: It’s still Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump.

Democrats like the idea of a third term for Obama, though. 

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Republican turned independent, says he is interested in a third-party run for the presidency, but all he does at this point is break the national tie between Trump and Clinton and put Trump in the White House.

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.

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The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday put the brakes on the president’s new regulations on emissions from coal-burning power plants which he believes contribute to global warming. Twenty-nine states have challenged Obama’s action in court. When it comes to global warming, most voters think the government should only do what the president and Congress agree on. 

While most voters consider global warming a problem, far fewer are willing to pay much if anything to fight it. Perhaps in part that’s because only 24% believe the scientific debate about global warming is over

Voters don’t much care for the job Congress is doing, but they still think the president needs congressional approval on the major issues facing the nation

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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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