The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty percent (50%) disapprove (see trends).
The latest figures include 28% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 38% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -10.
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The U.S. economy historically has had an average growth rate of 3.3% but has fallen short of that number in every year of Obama’s presidency. How do voters rate the president’s economic performance? Do they think either of his likely successors - Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump - can do better? We’ll tell you at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.
Just over half of voters still think Obama should be the one to pick the replacement for late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, although they don’t feel strongly about the president’s current nominee. But if the Supreme Court nomination is pushed off, voters are closely divided over which presumptive presidential nominee would make the better choice.
Voters now see even more anti-Trump, pro-Clinton bias in the media.
Bernie Sanders has vowed to stay in the hunt for the Democratic presidential nomination to the very end, and voters in his party tend to think that’s okay. But Democrats are evenly divided over whether Sanders supporters or questionable party rules are to blame for recent campaign violence.
Trump has grown his lead over Clinton in Rasmussen Reports’ first weekly White House Watch survey. Although he appears to have no mathematical way to wrest the Democratic nomination from Clinton, Sanders now edges out Trump in a head-to-head matchup.
For the third week in a row, just 27% of voters say the country is headed in the right direction.
The U.S. military notched a big win this past weekend with the killing of Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, leader of the Afghan Taliban. With increasing concern about the threat of terrorism here and abroad, voters are placing more importance on the war in Afghanistan, now in its 14th year, although less than half favor keeping U.S. troops there another year.
Just 33% think the U.S. military can adequately handle the number of missions it now has. Fifty-five percent (55%) believe the military is currently overstretched.
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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