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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 23% 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 -17.

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We’ll let you know at 10:30 a.m. Eastern what role, if any, voters think the United States should take in responding to the Taliban massacre of school children in Pakistan this week.

The president is expected to leave today for a three-week Christmas vacation after announcing his intention to end the 54-year-old U.S. economic embargo against Cuba. Coupled with his unilateral decision to exclude up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation, it promises to start Obama’s relationship with the incoming GOP-led Congress on even shakier ground than expected.

But only 24% of voters are even somewhat confident that the president and the new Congress can work together.

Voters are closely divided over whether the incoming Congress will be better than the one that is now leaving town, but they believe overwhelmingly that the president and the new Congress should work together rather than stand on principle

Voters continue to see Republicans as the party to trust when it comes to economic growth, fiscal restraint and national security. Democrats remain their first choice, however, on issues like health care, education and the environment.

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Adults nationwide round out 2014 still believing owning a home is a top investment but remain divided as to whether now’s a good time to sell in their area. 

Six years after the Wall Street meltdown, one-third of Americans still fear they will lose their money due to bank failure. Americans remain worried about inflation, too, but they are a bit less pessimistic about rising food prices that they have been in months. 

Fewer Americans are sending Christmas cards this year. 

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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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