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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 26% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 40% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14.

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The president said earlier this week that he could win a third-term if he was allowed by law to run. Do voters agree? Find out at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.

Going into the first Republican debate of the primary season next week, billionaire developer Donald Trump has jumped well ahead of the competition. 

In the early going, Jeb Bush is seen as having the best shot at the Republican presidential nomination, but his last name is a drawback for some.

Voters strongly believe the president and the GOP Congress need to work together. 

Unhappiness with Congress’ lack of responsiveness to voter concerns has the GOP on the brink of civil war.

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Even though voters don’t have much faith that the country’s best days lie ahead, most still believe America is a good place to live.

School textbooks remain a central issue in the cultural battle over America’s past, and voters continue to strongly believe most textbooks value political correctness over accuracy.

Voters overwhelmingly object to efforts to get rid of the U.S. flag and other symbols of the nation’s past that offend some Americans.

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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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