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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Monday, March 02, 2015

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) also disapprove (see trends).

Fifty-one percent (51%) of women approve of the job the president is doing. Fifty-three percent (53%) of men disapprove.

The latest figures include 23% of all likely voters who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 36% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -13.

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Do voters approve of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled speech tomorrow before a joint session of Congress despite the strong opposition of the White House? We’ll tell you at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.

Netanyahu is expected to caution the United States about the deal the Obama administration is negotiating with Iran over the latter’s development of nuclear weapons. Most voters consider Iran a vital U.S. national security interest and don’t give the administration high marks for its efforts to stop Iran’s nuclear program.

Voters also believe there’s been a serious deterioration in the relationship between the United States and Israel, one of this country’s strongest allies, since Obama took office.

Belief that the United States and its allies are winning the War on Terror has fallen to its lowest level in nearly 11 years of regular tracking.

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Voters still tend to share an unfavorable opinion of the new national health care law and say it has hurt more than helped them. They’re also less enthusiastic this month about fixing the law rather than repealing it. 

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in yet another legal challenge of Obamacare. Nearly half of voters think it might be a good idea to put the brakes on the health care law until all the court cases opposing it are through.

See “What They Told Us” in surveys last week.

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Some readers wonder how we come up with our job approval ratings for the president since they often don’t show as dramatic a change as some other pollsters do. It depends on how you ask the question and whom you ask.

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.

Rasmussen Reports has been a pioneer in the use of automated telephone polling techniques, but many other firms still utilize their own operator-assisted technology (see methodology).

Daily tracking results are collected via telephone surveys of 400 likely voters per night and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. To reach those who have abandoned traditional landline telephones, Rasmussen Reports uses an online survey tool to interview randomly selected participants from a demographically diverse panel. The margin of sampling error for the full sample of 1,200 Likely Voters is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Results are also compiled on a full-week basis and crosstabs for full-week results are available for Platinum Members.

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