Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
Saturday, December 07, 2013
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 43% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-five percent (55%) disapprove (see trends).
The latest figures include 23% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 43% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20.
Results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).
See “What They Told Us” in surveys this past week.
Thirty-four percent (34%) of voters think the decision to let gays and lesbians serve openly is good for the U.S. military. Thirty-one percent (31%) disagree. Another 31% say it will have no impact.
Forty-seven percent (47%) think the growing role of women in the armed services is also good for the military. Fifty-three percent (53%) believe women should be allowed to fight on the front lines and perform all the combat roles that men do.
Fifty-two percent (52%) still consider China a long-term threat to the United States, and 75% think that threat is economic.
Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Americans held a favorable view of iconic South African leader Nelson Mandela in a February 2011 survey. Mandela died on Thursday.
Forty-three percent (43%) of working Americans think they will be earning more money a year from now. That ties the highest level of confidence in four-and-a-half years.
But just 37% think their next job will be better than the one they have now.
Nineteen percent (19%) of Americans say the bad economy is causing them to use their credit cards more.
Most Americans (66%) still prefer signs in stores that say "Merry Christmas" rather than ones with "Happy Holidays."
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).
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