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OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

  • 83% Say Trump Likely to Erase Most of Obama's Achievements

    Even as the media lavishes praise on President Obama's legacy, voters strongly believe his successor will wipe out most of the changes made during the Obama years. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    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.

  • 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.)

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    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.

  • 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.)

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    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 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.

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  • Obama Closes With Highest Approval of His Second Term

    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 final results for Obama’s presidency 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.

  • Voters Say Trump Better for Small Business, Too Close to Big Business

    Voters see President-elect Donald Trump as an improvement over President Obama when it comes to the handling of small business issues but are worried that he’ll be too chummy with big business. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on November 30-December 1, 2016 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 No to Obama on Supreme Court

    Hillary Clinton seemed receptive the other day to naming President Obama to the U.S. Supreme Court if she is elected to succeed him this fall. Most voters, however, don’t approve of putting Obama on the high court and still aren’t interested in him running for a third term as president either.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 21% of Likely U.S. Voters think the next president of the United States should name Obama to the U.S. Supreme Court. Fifty-nine percent (59%) oppose such a nomination. Twenty percent (20%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 28 and 31, 2016 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 Terrorism Should Be Obama’s Chief Concern

    Voters are increasingly critical of President Obama’s handling of national security issues and think he should focus on terrorism for the remainder of his time in the White House. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 12-13, 2016 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.

  • Criticism of Obama’s Leadership Rises

    As Barack Obama enters his final year as president, voters are more critical of his leadership abilities. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 27, 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.

  • Voters See No Positive Change in Obama's Performance

    Like his daily job approval ratings, voter reviews of President Obama's handling of the economy and national security have generally changed very little during his years in the White House.

    Thirty-nine percent (39%) of Likely U.S. Voters give Obama good or excellent ratings for his handling of economic issues, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Just as many (40%) rate him poorly in this area. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 23 & 26, 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.

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