The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty percent (50%) disapprove (see trends).
The latest figures include 26% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 39% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -13.
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Is the Republican Party coming apart at the seams? We’ll look at recent comments by Ted Cruz, John McCain and Donald Trump in context with our numbers to examine that possibility at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.
Two federal inspectors general have asked the U.S. Justice Department to open an investigation into how then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton handled sensitive information on her private e-mail account. Most voters continue to have national security concerns about Clinton’s behavior but doubt that the federal government will do anything about it.
Another presidential hopeful, Republican Jeb Bush, is calling for cutting 10% of federal workers as part of his budgetary assault on what he calls “Mount Washington.” How do voters feel about cutting the federal workforce like that?
Americans have long believed that government workers don’t work as hard but earn more pay and have more job security than those in the private sector.
FBI Director James Comey recently announced that the radical Islamic State group (ISIS) now poses a bigger security threat to the United States than al-Qaeda does. Americans seem to agree.
Over half of voters now believe that the United States is a more dangerous place than it was before 9/11. Following a thwarted attack in Texas in May, most Americans agree that Islamic terrorism is now a bigger threat inside the United States.
Jonathan Pollard, the Israeli spy who has served 30 years in U.S. prisons, will be paroled later this year, but the Obama administration insists that decision has nothing to do with winning more support for the Iran nuclear deal. Thirty-two percent (32%) of U.S. voters told Rasmussen Reports in April of last year that they favored Pollard’s release if it helped to advance peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians.
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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