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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 62% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Thirty-eight percent (38%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 41% of who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 29% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of +12 (see trends).

These are the final approval numbers we will post for Obama. Because Rasmussen Reports’ daily Presidential Tracking Poll is based on three days of surveying, we will not post new numbers again until tomorrow when we will begin tracking President Trump’s job approval.

Regular updates are posted Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).

We’ll release new favorability ratings on President-elect Trump at 10:30 a.m. EST today.

Even as the media lavishes praise on Obama's legacy, voters strongly believe Trump will wipe out most of the changes made during the Obama years.

Voters are conflicted over Obama's place in history, but they agree Obamacare will be the defining marker of his presidency.

At his first formal press conference as president-elect last week, Trump reiterated his intention to repeal Obamacare and build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border to stop illegal immigration. He also said he would nominate someone to the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court within his first two weeks. Voters say repealing and replacing the health care law and filling the Supreme Court vacancy are good places to start

Half (50%) of all voters believe America is a more divided nation after the eight years of the Obama presidency. Just 22% think the United States is a less divided country now.

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While anti-Trump protestors continue to battle the inevitable, the president-elect’s Cabinet nominees are moving closer to confirmation. Voters are closely divided over whether the U.S. Senate should rubber stamp a president’s Cabinet choices or pick and choose the ones it likes best.

Americans are warming to the idea of police and commercial drone use.

But then more Americans than ever say their local police officers are doing a good job

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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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