The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday 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 23% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 42% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19.
Results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).
Republicans lead Democrats by five points for the second week in a row on the Generic Congressional Ballot.
Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters prefer a long-term budget deal that cuts government spending, but only 29% think Congress is likely to reach such a deal to avoid another government shutdown in mid-January.
A year after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, just 31% of Americans think it is at least somewhat likely that Congress and the president will create tougher gun control laws. That’s down 28 points from 59% a year ago.
A number of congressional Democrats have called for an end to the deportation of illegal immigrants until Congress passes a comprehensive immigration reform law. We’ll let you know what voters think about that idea at 10:30 am Eastern today.
Sixty-one percent (61%) expect government spending to go up under Obama, the highest finding in three years.
Seventy-five percent (75%) of voters think China is a bigger threat to the United States economically than militarily.
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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