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  • For Voters, Obama’s Legacy Is A More Divided America

    President Obama promised America hope and change eight years ago, but voters believe his presidency drove us further apart instead. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

    The national telephone survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on January 15-16, 2017. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 62% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Thirty-eight percent (38%) disapprove.

    The latest figures include 41% of who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 29% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of +12 (see trends).

    Blacks (70%) are twice as likely as whites (37%) and other minority voters (37%) to Strongly Approve of the job the president is doing.

    These are the final approval numbers we will post for Obama. Because Rasmussen Reports’ daily Presidential Tracking Poll is based on three days of surveying, we will not post new numbers again until Friday when we will begin tracking President Trump’s job approval.

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

  • Voters Rate Obamacare as Obama's Defining Moment

    Voters are conflicted over outgoing President Barack Obama's place in history, but they agree the passage of Obamacare will be the defining marker of his presidency.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 32% of Likely U.S. Voters believe Obama will be remembered most for the national health care law. His handling of social and racial issues, the Iran nuclear deal and his policies on illegal immigration and refugees are all tied for a distant second with nine percent (9%) support each.

    Seven percent (7%) say Obama will be remembered most for his economic stimulus package, while nearly as many say that of the auto industry bailouts (6%) and the killing of Osama bin Laden (5%). Just four percent (4%) think he’ll be mostly remembered for his actions on climate change. A sizable 20%, however, think Obama will be remembered for something else not named in the survey. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

    The national telephone survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on January 15-16, 2017. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Only 32% Say America Safer After Obama Years

    Confidence that the War on Terror is going America’s way has jumped to its highest level in over four years, but most voters don’t think this country is a safer place than it was eight years ago when President Obama took office.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 32% of Likely U.S. Voters think the United States is safer now after eight years of the Obama presidency. Thirty-nine percent (39%) believe the country is a more dangerous place after the Obama years, while 26% rate the level of safety about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 15-16, 2017 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.

  • Voters Say Trump More to Blame for Bad Media

    Most voters blame President-elect Donald Trump for his problems with the media and think he ought to do something about them. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

    The national telephone survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on January 11-12, 2017. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • 35% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction

    Thirty-five percent (35%) of Likely U.S. Voters think the country is heading in the right direction, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey for the week ending January 12.  

    That’s up four points from the previous week and ties the high for all of last year. reached in early December. It was the highest level of optimism since February 2013.  After being in the mid- to upper 20s for much of 2016, the weekly finding has now been at 30% or higher every week since mid-October.

    (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

    The national telephone survey of 2,500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports from January 8-12, 2017. 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.

  • Most Say Trump’s Businesses Still His Priority

    Most voters think Donald Trump is likely to put his businesses first even when he is president. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 11-12, 2017 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.

  • Is Trump's Use of Twitter the Wave of the Future?

    Voters tend to disapprove of President-elect Donald Trump's frequent use of Twitter but are evenly divided over whether future presidents will follow in his footsteps.

    Just 26% of Likely U.S. Voters think it's good for the country that Trump uses his Twitter feed to respond to news events rather than going through traditional media outlets. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 49% believe his use of Twitter is bad for the country instead, while 20% say it has no impact. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    (Want a free daily e-mail update ? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 11-12, 2017 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.

  • Daily Obama Tracking Poll

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 62% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Thirty-eight percent (38%) disapprove.

    The latest figures include 41% of who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 29% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of +12 (see trends).

    Blacks (70%) are twice as likely as whites (37%) and other minority voters (37%) to Strongly Approve of the job the president is doing.

    These are the final approval numbers we will post for Obama. Because Rasmussen Reports’ daily Presidential Tracking Poll is based on three days of surveying, we will not post new numbers again until Friday when we will begin tracking President Trump’s job approval.

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

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

    Americans got a taste of the continuing combative relationship between Donald Trump and the media this past week, a radical departure from the love affair most reporters have had with outgoing President Barack Obama.