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 29% of who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 41% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -12.
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The first televised debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is set for Monday evening, and voters - particularly those in the two major parties - place more importance on the debates this election cycle than they have in past years.
These debates are potentially a breakaway moment for either Clinton or Trump who have been running neck-and-neck for weeks in Rasmussen Reports' White House Watch survey.
Trump is ahead by five points in this week's survey, but it's too early to say if he is gaining any traction over his rival.
Despite the record turnout for Trump in this year's GOP primaries, 66% of Republicans believe that most of the party's top leaders do not want Trump to be elected president.
Is Obama facing his first veto override? The president is expected to veto a bipartisan bill that allows families of those killed on 9/11 to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for its ties to the Islamic terrorists who carried out the attacks. Congress is expected to override that veto. Most Americans agree that they should be allowed to sue foreign governments in U.S. courts if there is evidence that those governments had ties to terrorist attacks in this country.
The Dakota Access Pipeline, set to run oil from the Dakotas to Illinois, has been blocked by the federal government following protests from environmentalists and tribal groups. But voters believe it’s possible to build oil pipelines without doing significant environmental damage.
Voters had similar feelings about the Keystone XL oil pipeline two years ago: 58% favored building it, and 52% felt it could be done in a way that didn’t significantly damage the environment. But the president vetoed a bipartisan bill calling for its construction.
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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