The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty percent (50%) disapprove (see trends).
The latest figures include 27% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 38% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -11.
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The president is expected to announce today that the United States and Cuba will be opening embassies in each other’s country, ending over 50 years of diplomatic estrangement. U.S. voters are generally in agreement with this shift and have been expecting it for a while.
But while that chapter of the Cold War is coming to a close, relations between the United States and Russia are getting worse, and 56% believe that worsening relationship is bad for America.
More fallout from last week’s Supreme Court rulings: Negative views of the court are at their highest level in nearly nine years of regular surveying.
Voters are closely divided in their opinions of both of last week’s major rulings, but younger voters are more supportive than their elders are, especially in the case of gay marriage.
Most voters have long believed that the Supreme Court justices have their own political agenda, and they still tend to feel that that agenda is more liberal than conservative.
A new FDA ruling requires the food industry to phase out partially hydrogenated oils, the main source of trans fats, over the next three years, and voters are generally okay with that. But most of the time they don’t want the federal government telling them what to eat.
Sixty percent (60%) of Americans believe the federal government plays too big a role in their lives.
Just 26% of voters think the country is heading in the right direction, tying the low for the year first reached in April.
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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