The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday 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 24% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 40% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -16.
Results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).
See “What They Told Us” in surveys this past week.
The Taliban’s massacre of 145 people, mostly children, in a school in Pakistan earlier this week has dramatically reduced support for U.S. negotiations with the radical Islamic group to end the war in Afghanistan.
The president has vowed to take action against North Korea for its computer hacking and threat campaign against Sony Pictures. Americans haven’t had much use for North Korea in surveys for years.
But things are chilling out between the United States and Cuba, the only other Communist country still staggering along at this point. The president announced his plan this week to end the 54-year-old U.S. trade embargo on our Caribbean island neighbor. A year ago, U.S. voters were evenly divided over whether to lift the embargo on Cuba.
Voters are more positive about the fairness of the U.S. economy than they’ve been all year.
Consumer and investor confidence are on the rise at year’s end.
But Americans are ending 2014 more in debt than they were at the beginning of the year. They’re a bit less pessimistic about rising food prices than they have been in months, though.
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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