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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Thursday, December 08, 2016

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 56% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Forty-three percent (43%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 35% of who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 31% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of +5 (see trends).

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Forget the recount. Hillary Clinton needs all three states at issue to change the outcome of the election – Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania – and she isn’t going to get them.

Republicans will soon control both Congress and the White House, and GOP voters strongly believe the country will be better off. Most Democrats and unaffiliated voters don’t share that confidence.

Just eight percent (8%) of voters think repealing the nuclear deal with Iran should be Trump’s first official act. Repealing and replacing Obamacare tops the list.

We’ll tell you how voters think Trump should handle the Iran deal at 10:30.

House Speaker Paul Ryan who has gone from publicly denouncing his party's presidential nominee to enthusiastically embracing the new president-elect is now better liked by voters than any other congressional leader of either major party.

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Senator Charles Schumer of New York, the new Senate Democratic leader, is already viewed more favorably than the man he is replacing, Harry Reid of Nevada. Voters won't be sorry to see Reid go, and that includes members of his own party.

Partisan politics even invade attitudes about the president's wife as our first survey about incoming first lady Melania Trump shows.

Voters didn't attach as much importance to candidates' spouses this campaign season as they did eight years ago.

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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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