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 41% 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).
For the second time this year, the number of voters who rate the president’s leadership positively has reached a three-year low.
See “What They Told Us” in other surveys this past week.
Americans don’t expect the white police officer who killed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri to be charged with murder and oppose the U.S. Justice Department trying to prosecute him after that.
Twenty-two percent (22%) of blacks and other minorities think most cops are racist, compared to just nine percent (9%) of whites. But 57% of all Americans say the tactics used by their local police are about right.
Our first survey of the Louisiana Senate runoff shows Republican challenger Bill Cassidy comfortably ahead of incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu. The vote is on Saturday, December 6.
Most Americans say their interest rates haven’t changed over the past year, but roughly half still expect rates to go up over the next 12 months.
Thirty-seven percent (37%) think now is a good time for someone in their area to be selling a home. Two years ago, only 16% felt that way.
(More to come)
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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