The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-four percent (54%) disapprove (see trends).
The latest figures include 22% 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 -19.
Results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).
Rasmussen Reports will release its first look at the 2014 gubernatorial race in Florida at noon Eastern today.
Twenty-nine percent (29%) of voters say the United States is heading in the right direction. A year ago, 30% felt that way.
Only 35% think the United States and its allies are winning the War on Terror, the most pessimistic assessment in three years.
Sixty-one percent (61%) favor building the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas, the highest level of support to date.
Forty-seven percent (47%) of Americans are willing to pay higher taxes and utility bills to generate a cleaner environment, but half of that group (24%) is willing to pay only $100 more per year.
Thirty-four percent (34%) of Americans say now is a good time to sell a home in the area where they live.
Fifty-nine percent (59%) feel their home is worth more than they what they still owe on their mortgage.
Sixty-one percent (61%) believe if someone cannot afford to make their mortgage payments, that person should sell their home and find a less expensive one. Twenty-four percent (24%) think the government should help them with their mortgage payments.
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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