Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
Wednesday, December 11, 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-one percent (51%) disapprove (see trends).
The latest figures include 24% 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 -17.
This is the president’s best job approval rating since early November after several weeks of earning the worst daily ratings of his presidency.
Results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).
Congressional leaders have reached a budget deal that restores $63 billion cut earlier this year by the so-called sequester, but 56% of voters would prefer a long-term budget deal that cuts government spending instead.
More than 20 House Democrats last week urged the president to halt the deportation of illegal immigrants until Congress passes a comprehensive immigration reform plan, but 60% believe the U.S. government is already not aggressive enough in deporting those who are in this country illegally.
Americans remain very positive about the water they drink and the air they breathe, but 41% believe the overall environment is getting worse.
Fifty-seven percent (57%) favor raising the minimum wage from its current level of $7.25 an hour, but only 40% believe that will help the economy.
Republicans lead Democrats by five points for the second week in a row on the Generic Congressional Ballot.
Fifty-six percent (56%) of Americans believe Pope Francis has had a positive impact when it comes to the public’s impression of the Catholic Church.
A year after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, just 31% think it is even somewhat likely that Congress and the president will create tougher gun control laws. That’s down 28 points from 59% right after the shootings took place.
Americans think more action to treat mental health issues will do more than increased gun control to reduce the number of mass shootings like the one in 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).
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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