The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-four percent (54%) disapprove (see trends).
The latest figures include 21% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 44% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -23.
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The Rasmussen Employment Index which measures worker confidence fell back another point in July from the six-year high it hit in May. This often means the government jobs report released on Friday will be weaker than expected.
Most Americans still believe current government anti-poverty programs have no impact on poverty in this country or actually increase it.
The number of voters who consider themselves fiscally conservative continues to climb, while one-in-three say they are social liberals.
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Younger voters are now more likely to think that most Americans view Muslims as an enemy than to think most Muslims see the United States as an enemy. Older voters remain more suspicious of Muslims.
Democrats have taken the lead again on the latest Generic Congressional Ballot.
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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