The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday 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 23% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 40% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -17.
Results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).
Now a doctor has been diagnosed with Ebola in New York City. Even before this announcement, Americans were more critical of the federal government’s response and less confident that the public health system will be able to contain the deadly virus.
Look for our latest numbers on the Michigan governor’s race at noon Eastern today and on the race for governor in Kansas at 1 p.m.
Independent Greg Orman still holds a five-point lead over incumbent Republican Pat Roberts in Kansas’ unexpectedly competitive U.S. Senate race.
The Illinois governor's race is still tight with less than two weeks to go.
Beginning next year, Indiana will limit how long some can receive food stamps. Voters think that’s a good idea and believe deadlines should be extended to all public assistance programs.
Sixty-one percent (61%) of Americans now say it is possible for anyone who really wants to work to find a job. That’s the highest level of optimism in over five years.
Short- and long-term outlooks for the U.S. economy are better than they’ve been in more than a year.
Voters continue to think American society is generally fair and decent, and a large majority still believes that those who immigrate here should adopt this country’s culture, language and heritage.
(More to come)
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 +/- 3 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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