The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) 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).
Thirty-one percent (31%) of voters think the country is heading in the right direction.
Ninety-one percent (91%) of likely Democratic voters think Hillary Clinton is likely to be their party’s presidential candidate in 2016, with 57% who feel it is Very Likely.
Clinton’s favorables are down slightly from her time as secretary of State, but Congress is the absolute worst as far as voters are concerned.
Just 16% believe most of those in Congress pay all their taxes like the rest of us.
Fifty percent (50%) of Americans are confident in the stability of the nation's banks, unchanged from recent months. In July 2008, prior to the Wall Street meltdown, however, 68% were confident in the U.S. banking system.
Fifty-four percent (54%) think America’s increasing reliance on the Internet for business and financial transactions makes the economy more vulnerable to attack.
But 65% of regular Internet users are confident in the security of online banking and other financial transactions on the Internet, although that includes only 17% who are Very Confident.
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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