Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 44% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-five percent (55%) disapprove (see trends).
The latest figures include 23% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 45% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -22.
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Rasmussen Reports will release new numbers at 10:30 am Eastern on how the problems with the new national health care law may impact incumbents in next year’s congressional elections.
The Rasmussen Employment Index which measures worker confidence jumped five points in November. October’s finding was the lowest level of confidence measured this year.
Forty-eight percent (48%) of Americans have now started their Christmas shopping, and 14% are finished already.
Seventy percent (70%) are at least somewhat comfortable using their credit cards to shop on the Internet, but 24% say they have had credit card information stolen online.
Thirty-nine percent (39%) also say that they personally need to cut back on using their credit cards and other borrowing.
Fifty percent (50%) of voters believe Congress and the president should repeal the health care law and start over again. Another 31% think Congress and the president should go through the law piece by piece to improve it.
Thanks largely to unhappiness with the law, the president’s monthly job approval index hit a two-year low in November.
Republicans have jumped to a five-point lead over Democrats on the latest Generic Congressional Ballot, their biggest lead in a year-and-a-half.
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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