The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday 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 40% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -16.
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The U.S. Justice Department has charged the Ferguson, Missouri police department with a systematic pattern of racial discrimination but stopped short of charging police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown. We’ll tell you at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today how voters view the Justice Department these days and which they consider the bigger problem – police discrimination or crime in low-income inner city communities.
Voters aren’t convinced that black Americans are treated unfairly by the police, but there’s sharp racial disagreement on that question.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in a lawsuit the Obama administration fears could upend the new national health care law. So we asked voters should Obamacare be delayed until the courts are through with it?
Voters still say the health care law has hurt more than helped them. They’re also less enthusiastic about fixing the law rather than repealing it.
Thirty percent (30%) say the United States is heading in the right direction.
Americans feel more strongly than ever that the middle class pays a larger share of their income in taxes than the wealthy do.
They also still strongly distrust the way the federal government spends tax dollars and think there is not enough oversight of how that money is spent.
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 400 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 1,200 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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