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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Sunday, March 01, 2015

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) also disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 24% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 38% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled speech Tuesday before a joint session of Congress will be the latest salvo in the battle between the president and the Republican-led Congress. We’ll tell you tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. Eastern whether voters think Netanyahu should appear despite the strong disapproval of the White House.

Voters already 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.  

The Netanyahu speech follows the president’s rare use of a veto last week to stop a bipartisan bill passed by Congress calling for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Voters aren’t happy with that veto and want Congress to keep doing what it wants despite Obama’s veto threats.

Voters, in fact, are fully prepared for the president and Congress to be deadlocked for the next two years.

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

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Annual standardized testing will be held in many states this week. Parents of school-age children are objecting even more strongly to the increasing emphasis on these tests, but they’re not so sure students should be able to opt out of taking them.

Common Core and other government-driven education efforts which rely on these standardized tests to measure student achievement set universal excellence as their goal. But Americans overwhelmingly agree that no set of standards can ensure that all students reach the top.

That doesn’t mean they don’t have a ways to go: Just 25% of voters think most high school graduates have the skills needed for college, while even fewer (22%) believe they have the skills to enter the workforce.

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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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