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Daily Obama Tracking Poll

Sunday, January 15, 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).

Blacks (70%) are twice as likely as whites (37%) and other minority voters (37%) to Strongly Approve of the job the president is doing.

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 Friday 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).

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

While many of his policies were unpopular with most voters, Obama himself has grown more and more popular as his presidency comes to a close.

Confidence that the War on Terror is going America’s way has jumped to its highest level in over four years, but most voters don’t think this country is a safer place than it was eight years ago when Obama took office.

Has the president brought Americans closer together or driven us further apart? We’ll tell you what voters think at 10:30 a.m. EST today.

Eighty-three percent (83%) of Democrats blame Trump for his bad relationship with the media, but 63% of Republicans think the media is more to blame.

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The president has commuted the 35-year prison sentence of Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning, who now goes by the name Chelsea Manning, for leaking top secret information to the WikiLeaks website. At the time of Manning’s sentencing in 2013, 42% of voters rated the punishment as about right, while 32% said it wasn’t severe enough.

As recently as July 2015, just 30% felt the U.S. government does a good job protecting its secrets.

Thirty-five percent (35%) of voters now believe the United States is headed in the right direction. That ties the high for all of last year first reached in early December.

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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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