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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty percent (50%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 30% of who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 39% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -9.

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Most voters think both of the major presidential candidates are liars and give them equally low marks as potential used car salesmen. 

Who is setting the agenda for this year’s presidential race – the candidates or the media? We’ll tell you what voters think at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.

Ninety-six percent (96%) of voters who support Republican nominee Donald Trump are angry at the current policies of the federal government. But only 36% of those who favor Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton share that anger.

Most voters agree with Trump that the United States has not been putting its own interests ahead of others and should reverse course when it comes to foreign policy. 

The majority of voters think U.S. foreign policy should focus on what's best for America but believe Obama is more interested in what's best for the world.

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The White House is defending the president’s decision to enter into the Paris accord on global warming without the approval of the U.S. Senate. Most voters agree that global warming requires urgent attention but still believe Obama and Congress need to decide together on the course of action

Most voters continue to believe the scientific debate about global warming is not over and oppose government action against those who question it.

Thirty-one percent (31%) of voters think the country is heading in the right direction. The weekly finding has now been in the low 30s for three out of the last four weeks after hitting a low of 21% in mid-July following the murders of policemen in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

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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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