The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday 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 26% 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 -15.
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President Obama appears to have the votes to implement his nuclear weapons agreement with Iran over the opposition of most of Congress. We’ll tell you at 10:30 a.m. how voters want their representatives in Congress to vote on the controversial agreement.
Sixty-five percent (65%) think any agreement with Iran needs to be approved by Congress before it takes effect.
The president’s monthly job approval rating in August fell to its low for the year.
Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters believe there is war on police in America today.
Just 18% of voters think the federal government should be responsible for the official naming of landmarks and prominent geographic features in America.
A new study has found that 51 percent of immigrant households used at least one welfare program in 2012 versus 30 percent of native-born households. This echoes concerns voters expressed to Rasmussen Reports in a recent survey: 80% have a favorable opinion of immigrants who come to the United States to work hard, support their families and pursue the American Dream, but far fewer (54%) now believe that's the agenda most immigrants have in mind.
Voters still give the edge to a candidate who would raise taxes only on the rich over one who promised to oppose all tax increases.
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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