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  • What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls

    Americans continue to rank Independence Day second only to Christmas as the nation’s most important holiday but also express increasing frustration with the government born that day.

    The Declaration of Independence, the foundational document that Americans honor on the Fourth of July, says that governments derive their authority from the consent of the governed, but just 25% believe that to be true of the federal government today.

  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove (see trends).

    The latest figures include 27% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 39% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -12.

    Regular updates are posted Monday throughFriday at 9:30 a.m. Eastern  (sign up for free daily e-mail update).

  • Support Grows for States to Ignore the Federal Courts

    Following last week’s controversial U.S. Supreme Court rulings on Obamacare and gay marriage, voters believe more strongly that individual states should have the right to turn their backs on the federal courts.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 33% of Likely U.S. Voters now believe that states should have the right to ignore federal court rulings if their elected officials agree with them. That’s up nine points from 24% when we first asked this question in February.  Just over half (52%) disagree, down from 58% in the earlier survey. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 30-July 1, 2015 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Where Does Christie Stand With GOP Voters?

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, once considered a formidable contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, tracks in the lower tier of GOP hopefuls now that he has made his candidacy official.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 24% of Likely Republican Voters think Christie is likely to end up being the GOP presidential nominee next year. That includes only six percent (6%) who say it is Very Likely. Sixty-three percent (63%) say Christie is unlikely to be the nominee, including 25% who feel it is Not At All Likely. Thirteen percent (13%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on June 30 – July 1, 2015 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Will More States Follow California's Vaccination Crackdown?

    California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country, and many voters think more states will follow suit. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 28-29, 2015 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Obama’s Full-Month Approval Remains At 2015 Low

    When tracking President Obama’s job approval on a daily basis, people sometimes get so caught up in the day-to-day fluctuations that they miss the bigger picture. To look at the longer-term trends, Rasmussen Reports compiles the numbers on a full-month basis, and the results can be seen in the graphics below.

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    Daily tracking results are collected via telephone surveys of 500 likely voters per night. The monthly numbers in this article are based on approximately 10,000 interviews each month with likely voters. The margin of sampling error is less than +/- 1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

  • Cuba Out, New Cold War In?

    Today one of the final chapters in the U.S.-Soviet Cold War comes nearer to a close with President Obama’s announcement that the United States and Cuba are opening embassies in each other’s country. America has been diplomatically estranged from Cuba for over 50 years since Communist dictator Fidel Castro came to power on the island 90 miles off the coast of Florida.

    While the world lived under a constant threat of nuclear annihilation during the 45-year Cold War, perhaps the closest call came during the 1963 Cuban missile crisis when President John F. Kennedy stood up to and stopped Soviet efforts to install attack missiles on Cuba. It was Kennedy’s finest hour and a span of days that few Americans living then will ever forget.

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  • Supreme Court’s Negatives Jump to All-Time High, but Positives Up, Too

    Negative views of the U.S. Supreme Court are at their highest level in nearly nine years of regular surveying. But positive opinions are also up to a less dramatic three-year high. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 28-29, 2015 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Young Voters Are Far Bigger Fans of Gay Marriage Ruling

    A closer look at public attitudes about the recent rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court suggest that it’s largely an age thing. Especially when it comes to gay marriage.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters favor the Supreme Court’s decision to allow gay marriage in all 50 states. But nearly as many (45%) are opposed, while six percent (6%) remain undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 28-29, 2015 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • 26% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction

    Twenty-six percent (26%) of Likely U.S. Voters now think the country is heading in the right direction, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey for the week ending June 25.

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    The national telephone survey of 2,500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports from June 21-25, 2015. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 2 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.