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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 24% 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 -14.

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The president’s national health care law goes to court today, as a federal judge hears arguments in a House Republican lawsuit that takes issue with how the administration unilaterally changed the law after it was passed by Congress. We’ll tell you what voters think about that at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule in the next month on another legal challenge that could upend Obamacare. Voters continue to believe the Supreme Court is politically biased.

The president’s plan to protect up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation also has run into legal trouble, but that’s okay with voters.

The debate over the Patriot Act and the National Security Agency’s snooping on millions of Americans is all about the balance between national security and individual rights. Similarly, increasing complaints about urban policing have us discussing the conflict between those rights and public safety. What do voters think when it comes to their rights versus their safety?

Despite a recent federal appeals court ruling that the NSA’s mass collection of Americans’ phone records is illegal, voters are actually more supportive of the agency’s actions and put even more emphasis on preventing a terrorist attack over protecting privacy.

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The state budget picture still hasn't improved for most voters, even though they're much more likely to be paying higher rather than lower taxes these days

Half (50%) of voters believe tax increases hurt the economy, while 52% think tax cuts are an economic boost.

Forty-one percent (41%) say their state government is now too big. Fifty-two percent (52%) of voters in states run mostly by Democrats feel that way. 

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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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