Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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%) now disapprove.
Today’s figures include 26% 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 -14 (see trends).
This is only the third day in the past six months that Strong Disapproval of the president has reached 40%. The other two days were May 2 and 3.
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Despite high profile congressional hearings about Benghazi, public opinion remains unchanged.
Prior to the hearings, 32% believed that the Obama administration had done a good job explaining what happened in that Libyan outpost last September 11. Now, two weeks later, 32% still hold that view.
However, while the numbers on Benghazi haven’t changed and the president’s overall job approval ratings have remained steady, there are signs the controversies may be having some impact. Just 39% now give Obama good or excellent marks for handling national security matters. That’s down seven points from a week ago and his weakest numbers on national security issues in more than two years.
For the second time in four weeks, Republicans have the edge on the Generic Congressional Ballot. Prior to this recent stretch, the Democrats had led every week for six months.
In his weekly newspaper column, Scott says that “it's impossible to predict the lasting impact of the controversies now besetting the Obama administration.” However, he notes that the president “has spent his public career trying to build faith in the federal government.” That effort, difficult to achieve before the latest news stories, now appears doomed.
On this weekend’s episode of What America Thinks,
Scott reviewed the initial public reaction to the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups,
the Justice Department's seizure of reporters' phone records and the Benghazi hearings. The weekly television show airs on 64 stations nationwide. Find a station near you.
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If they won a lottery or came into enough money to maintain their current salary for life without working, most American workers (58%) would keep working. That includes 41% who would keep their current job and 17% who would find a new one.
Most voters continue to have an unfavorable opinion of the president’s health care law.
Earlier this year, Scott Rasmussen’s weekly newspaper column argued that American consumers seeking more options would be the law's biggest challenge. “As has been noted by many critics, the law has more than 2,000 pages of provisions. You can be sure that benefits consultants and entrepreneurs are scouring every page for similar tools that can be used in ways the president never intended.” The Wall Street Journal
now reports that has happened: “Employers are increasingly recognizing they may be able to avoid certain penalties under the federal health law by offering very limited plans that can lack key benefits such as hospital coverage.”
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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.
Seventy-five percent (75%) of voters in the survey sample are white, 11% black and nine percent (9%) Hispanic. Additionally, 33% of the voters are Republicans, while 37% are Democrats.
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