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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 51% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Forty-eight percent (48%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 31% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 36% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -5.

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are in a near tie in Rasmussen Reports’ latest weekly White House Watch

Clinton posts a 16-point advantage among women, but Trump leads by 12 points among men.  While much has been written and said about Trump’s gender gap with women, it appears Clinton has a similar problem with men.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders may be refusing to end his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, but most Democrats say it’s a lost cause.

Do Democrats expect their party to come together after a divided convention in July? Will Sanders endorse Clinton? We’ll tell you at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.

The State Department’s inspector general, an Obama appointee, has concluded that Clinton knowingly broke department rules by using a private e-mail server for official business including top secret discussions, contradicting her earlier claims that the arrangement had been officially approved. Most voters believe it’s likely Clinton broke the law by sending and receiving classified information through the server.

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Eleven states are suing the Obama administration over its requirement that transgender school students be allowed to use any bathroom they choose. Just 32% of Americans with school-age children favor allowing transgender students to use the bathrooms of the opposite biological sex if they prefer. 

Voters still aren't confident that today’s high school graduates are ready for college or the workforce.

Americans are only a bit more confident in this year’s college graduates.

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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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