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 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).
If the 2016 presidential election were held today, 47% of voters would choose Hillary Clinton, while 33% would opt for Jeb Bush.
Texas Governor Rick Perry has his eye on the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, too, and 55% of Lone Star State voters approve of the job Perry is doing.
Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott leads Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis by 12 points in Rasmussen Reports’ first look at the 2014 Texas gubernatorial race.
Just 26% of voters nationwide now think the United States spends too much on the military and national security, the lowest finding in nearly a year-and-a-half.
Cancer ranks number one when Americans are asked what's the worst disease they face, and 46% believe the federal government doesn't spend enough on medical research.
Twenty-two percent (22%) think we will find a cure for Alzheimer’s in the next 10 years.
With tensions between the United States and Russia escalating over Ukraine, Americans are increasingly worried about a return to a Cold War between the former superpower rivals.
Twenty-eight percent (28%) think the country is heading in the right direction.
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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