Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) now disapprove.
Today’s figures include 25% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 40% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15 (see trends).
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For the third straight day, consumer confidence has reached a nearly six-year high. At 111.3, the Rasmussen Consumer Index is up 13 points since the beginning of the year and at the highest level since October 15, 2007.
Thirty-five percent (35%) of Americans have a favorable opinion of the federal government. Sixty percent (60%) have an unfavorable view. Despite the controversies in Washington, D.C., these figures have changed little since last November. Most Democrats have a favorable opinion of the feds. Most Republicans and unaffiliated voters don't.
While the National Security Agency surveillance controversy has stolen headlines recently, concern about the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups is growing. Seventy percent (70%) of voters believe the decision to target the groups was made in Washington, including 41% who think it was made at the White House. Sixty-one percent (61%) now believe the IRS actions were politically motivated, up four points from a month ago.
Sixty-seven percent (67%) of all voters now think it is likely that other government agencies targeted conservative groups as well. That’s up seven points.
Only 34% believe it is possible to have a healthy community without churches. Fifty-seven percent (57%) disagree.
Just 37% of New Jersey voters want Governor Chris Christie to run for president, but 44% would vote for him if he did. Christie has a huge lead in his reelection bid.
In the special election later this year to replace the late Senator Frank Lautenberg, Democrat Corey Booker is the clear favorite in both the primary and the general election.
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down an Arizona law requiring proof of citizenship before voter registration. However, it did so because federal law trumps state law. If the federal law was changed, requiring proof of citizenship first would be acceptable: 71% of voters favor such a requirement.
On the Generic Congressional Ballot,
Republicans and Democrats are tied at 39%. This is the first time since June 2009 that both parties are below 40%. Scott Rasmussen suggests, “This could be a sign that voters are just fed up with both parties.”
Whether it’s health care, immigration, gun control or the various controversies in DC, Scott’s weekly newspaper column shows that the unifying theme is a renewed distrust of government. “Many in Washington are frustrated by the public distrust. They dream of public relations programs to overcome it. What is needed, though, is for the government to change its behavior, so that it can earn the trust of the people it serves.”
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See Scott’s interview with former NSA analyst and subsequent whistle-blower Kirk Wiebe. Given what he knows, Wiebe says it is reasonable for the majority of Americans to view the federal government as a threat to individual rights.
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