The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-five percent (55%) disapprove (see trends).
The latest figures include 23% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 43% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20.
Results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).
Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Americans held a favorable view of iconic South African leader Nelson Mandela in a February 2011 survey.
The president on Wednesday declared that growing income inequality in the United States is “the defining challenge of our time.” Fourteen percent (14%) of working Americans now say they are poor, the highest finding this year. But 43% think they will be earning more money a year from today. That ties the highest level of confidence in four-and-a-half years.
Nineteen percent (19%) say the bad economy is causing them to use their credit cards more.
Only 32% of voters now give the president good or excellent marks for how he’s handling the economy, his lowest positives in 18 months.
Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters think it’s unlikely that the current problems with the new national health care law will be fixed within the next year.
Despite the problems surrounding the rollout of the law, voters are evenly divided over whom to punish in the next election. Forty percent (40%) are less likely to vote for a member of Congress who supports the health care law. Thirty-eight percent (38%) are more likely to vote for an incumbent congressman or congresswoman who supports the law.
Seventy-one percent (71%) of Americans plan to decorate their homes this holiday season, but only 21% have finished the job so far.
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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