If it's in the News, it's in our Polls. Public opinion polling since 2003.

 

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Thursday, March 05, 2015

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 24% 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 -16.

Regular updates are posted daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).

The U.S. Justice Department has charged the Ferguson, Missouri police department with a systematic pattern of racial discrimination but stopped short of charging police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown. We’ll tell you at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today how voters view the Justice Department these days and which they consider the bigger problem – police discrimination or crime in low-income inner city communities.

Voters aren’t convinced that black Americans are treated unfairly by the police, but there’s sharp racial disagreement on that question.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in a lawsuit the Obama administration fears could upend the new national health care law. So we asked voters should Obamacare be delayed until the courts are through with it? 

Voters still say the health care law has hurt more than helped them. They’re also less enthusiastic about fixing the law rather than repealing it.

Thirty percent (30%) say the United States is heading in the right direction.

(More below)

Americans feel more strongly than ever that the middle class pays a larger share of their income in taxes than the wealthy do.

They also still strongly distrust the way the federal government spends tax dollars and think there is not enough oversight of how that money is spent.

Are Americans slimming down?

(More below)

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.

Rasmussen Reports is a media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion information.

We conduct public opinion polls on a variety of topics to inform our audience on events in the news and other topics of interest. To ensure editorial control and independence, we pay for the polls ourselves and generate revenue through the sale of subscriptions, sponsorships, and advertising. Nightly polling on politics, business and lifestyle topics provides the content to update the Rasmussen Reports web site many times each day. If it's in the news, it's in our polls. Additionally, the data drives a daily update newsletter and various media outlets across the country.

Some information, including the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and commentaries are available for free to the general public. Subscriptions are available for $3.95 a month or 34.95 a year that provide subscribers with exclusive access to more than 20 stories per week on upcoming elections, consumer confidence, and issues that affect us all. For those who are really into the numbers, Platinum Members can review demographic crosstabs and a full history of our data.

To learn more about our methodology, click here.