Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove (see trends).
The latest figures include 22% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 39% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -17.
Results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).
The radical Islamic Taliban, our longtime enemy in Afghanistan, struck with horrible ferociousness yesterday in Pakistan, killing well over 100 school-age children. Belief among U.S. voters that the United States and its allies are winning the War on Terror continues to fall to new lows, and more than ever they see a terrorist attack as the biggest threat to this nation.
Even before the attack in Pakistan, support for the use of unmanned drone aircraft to kill suspected terrorists overseas has risen to its highest level in over two years.
Voters don’t expect the United States to be the most powerful nation in the world by the end of this century.
How will the new Congress stack up against the one that is just wrapping up business now? Should it work with the president or stand its ground? We’ll tell you what voters think at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.
The lame duck Congress just passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the federal government going for another year. But most voters still believe the best thing Congress can do to help the economy is to cut federal spending.
The number of homeowners who think they are likely to miss or be late on a mortgage payment in the next few months is at its highest level in over a year.
More Americans are feeling the spirit this holiday season.
Sixty-eight percent (68%) have now started their holiday shopping.
Look for more charitable giving from Americans this year.
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 500 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 1,500 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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