Friday, December 13, 2013
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday 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 27% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 41% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14.
Results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for our free daily e-mail update).
Thirty-six percent (36%) of voters now give the president good or excellent marks for his handling of economic issues. That’s up from 32% earlier this month, his lowest positives in this area in 18 months.
Sixty-seven percent (67%) of American Adults think Christmas should be more about Jesus Christ than about Santa Claus.
Seventy-four percent (74%) believe religious symbols like Christmas Nativity scenes, Hanukkah menorahs and Muslim crescents should be allowed on public land.
Seventy-six percent (76%) are at least somewhat likely to make a charitable donation of some kind this year, including 57% who are Very Likely. This is the highest level of charitable giving measured in surveys since 2009.
Twenty-eight percent (28%) of voters think the country is heading in the right direction. That’s the highest level of confidence since late September.
Many are wondering if the president’s handshake with Cuban leader Raul Castro at this week's memorial service for Nelson Mandela signals a thaw in the relations between the two countries, but only 17% of Likely U.S. Voters believe America’s relationship with Cuba will be better a year from now.
Arne Duncan is the president’s point man for the controversial Common Core national education standards being imposed on schools all over the country, but he remains largely unknown to voters after nearly five years of serving as the U.S. secretary of Education.
Some think limiting access to violent video games and movies is crucial to preventing future incidents like the horrific school shootings a year ago in Newtown, Connecticut.
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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