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  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-four percent (54%) disapprove (see trends).

    The latest figures include 22% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 41% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19.

    Results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).

  • Obama’s Job Approval Rating Drops Two Points in March

    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.  

    The president’s monthly job approval rating fell back two points to 47% in March. Obama's approval rating had been climbing steadily in recent months from 45% in November, the lowest monthly finding in two years, to 49% in February. The president's daily job approval ratings took a hard hit in November from the problems surrounding the rollout of the new national health care law. Through much of November and early December, his job approval ratings were at the lowest levels of his entire presidency. Since then, however, his approval ratings have been running at levels seen for much of the last five years.

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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 15,000 interviews each month with likely voters. The margin of sampling error is less than +/- 1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

  • 44% View Secretary of State Kerry Favorably

    Voters' views of Secretary of State John Kerry have changed little since he was nominated to the Cabinet post 15 months ago.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 44% of Likely U.S. Voters view Kerry at least somewhat favorably, while 46% share an unfavorable view of him. This includes 12% with a Very Favorable regard for the former senator and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate and 28% with a Very Unfavorable one. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 22-23, 2014 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.

  • 20% See Obama’s Leadership Style As Too Confrontational

    President Obama continues to get mixed reviews for his leadership abilities, but voters are less inclined to see him as being too confrontational.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 44% of Likely Voters rate the president good or excellent as a leader. Forty percent (40%) give Obama’s leadership a poor rating. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 20-21, 2014 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.

  • 45% Rate Obama Positively on National Security

    As tensions with Russia escalate, voters give President Obama his best marks in the national security area in several months.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters rate the president's handling of national security issues as good or excellent. That’s up eight points from a week ago and his highest positive ratings in this area since late October. Thirty-six percent (36%) still rate him poorly on national security issues, but that's down from a high of 43% earlier this month. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 16-17, 2014 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.

  • Most Voters Still See Obama, Biden As Liberal

    Most voters still have little doubt that President Obama and Vice President Biden are liberals.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 68% of Likely U.S. Voters consider the president at least somewhat liberal in political terms, including 44% who believe he is Very Liberal. Twenty-one percent (21%) feel the president is politically moderate. Just seven percent (7%) consider Obama somewhat or Very Conservative. (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 9-10, 2013. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 2 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • 47% Say Obama's Too Hostile to Small Business

    Voters are slightly less critical of how President Obama deals with small business issues but still think he's more likely to favor big businesses over small ones.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 35% of Likely U.S. Voters now give the president good or excellent ratings for his handling of issues related to small business, while 42% rate him poorly. That’s a slightly more positive rating than last month when 46% gave Obama poor marks in this area.  But 40% gave the president positive marks for his handling of small business issues a year ago. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The two surveys of 1,000 Likely Voters each were conducted on December 26, 2013 and January 4, 2014 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.

  • 58% Have Favorable Opinion of Michelle Obama

    Most voters continue to have a favorable opinion of Michelle Obama and view the first lady as a good role model for young Americans.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 58% of Likely U.S. Voters have at least a somewhat favorable impression of Mrs. Obama, including 39% with a Very Favorable opinion. Thirty-seven percent (37%) view her unfavorably, including 20% with a Very Unfavorable impression of the first lady. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 29-30, 2013 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 Approval: Comparing the Numbers

    So how does America view President Obama these days? It depends on how you ask the question and whom you ask.

    Rasmussen Reports in our daily Presidential Tracking Poll gives respondents four options – Strongly Approve, Somewhat Approve, Somewhat Disapprove and Strongly Disapprove - as opposed to just two - Approve/Disapprove. We are also the one major national pollster who asks this question only of likely U.S. voters, those who tell us they are likely to vote in the next election.

  • 46% Have A Favorable View of Vice President Biden

    Voters remain evenly divided on their views of Vice President Joe Biden, but most Democrats continue to see him in a favorable light.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 46% of Likely Voters have at least a somewhat favorable impression of Biden, while 47% view him unfavorably.  But only 19% have a Very Favorable opinion of the Democrat from Delaware, compared to 30% with a Very Unfavorable one.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 15-16, 2013 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.