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 23% 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 -17.
Results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).
The president has announced a plan – without congressional approval – that will allow nearly five million illegal immigrants to remain in this country legally and apply for jobs. Most voters already think the government is not aggressive enough in deporting illegal immigrants.
Most voters also have said in regular surveys for years that gaining control of the border to prevent future illegal immigration is more important than legalizing the status of the illegals living in the United States. But 56% think instead that the policies and practices of the federal government encourage people to enter the United States illegally.
What do Americans expect the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri to decide? Find out at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.
Our first survey of the Louisiana Senate runoff shows Republican challenger Bill Cassidy comfortably on his way to joining the new GOP Senate majority. The vote is on Saturday, December 6.
Surprise, surprise. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are Congress’ two least-liked leaders, but John Boehner’s close behind them.
At a time when more voters than ever see a terrorist attack as the biggest threat to the nation, 57% of voters believe protecting the country from a possible terrorist attack is more important than protecting the privacy of most Americans.
Eighty percent (80%) of Americans think Christmas is over-commercialized.
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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