Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 48% 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 38% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -8.
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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been running nearly even in our White House Watch surveys for weeks.
When either of them takes a lead, it’s generally been within our +/- 3 percentage point margin of error. We’ll update that survey tomorrow morning at 8:30 Eastern.
Trump has announced that he will go to Mexico today to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto before returning to Arizona to deliver a major speech outlining his plans for immigration reform. We’ll release new numbers at 10:30 a.m. today detailing what voters’ immigration priorities are.
Most voters believe the media, not the candidates, are setting the agenda this presidential election cycle.
The majority also think both of the major presidential candidates are liars and give them equally low marks as potential used car salesmen.
Following reports that a foreign country has hacked election data in at least two states, supporters of voter ID laws say this emphasizes the need for better identification of potential voters. Most voters have long said that their fellow Americans need to prove their identity before voting and don’t believe that such a requirement is discriminatory.
Voters also have said for years that America should not be the world’s policeman, but leaders in both major political parties, including the last two presidents, think it’s important for the United States to lend a hand to other nations in need. Do Americans believe it’s time for the United States to mind its own business?
Most 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. L
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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