Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
Thursday, December 25, 2014
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 39% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15.
Results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).
Rasmussen Reports is not polling over the Christmas holiday, so these results will not be updated again until 9:30 a.m. Eastern on Monday, December 29.
Merry Christmas! Christmas Day is still regarded by Americans as one of the nation’s most important holidays, though slightly more now celebrate it as a secular holiday compared to past years.
A quarter of Americans will be traveling this holiday season and most will be visiting family and friends, but more adults will be hosting guests than last year.
Even as children unwrap their Christmas presents, toy safety is not a concern for most American Adults.
Twenty-seven percent (27%) of Likely U.S. Voters think the country is heading in the right direction.
Following President Obama's announcement last week of a plan to “normalize” relations with Cuba, voters more than ever think the United States should lift the economic embargo it imposed on the Communist country 54 years ago.
Most adults believe the United States should get involved if it is proven that the North Koreans were behind the computer attacks and threats against Sony Pictures, but are more hesitant in calling such a cyberattack an act of war. U.S. Voters now view North Korea as being as big a threat as China and Iran, but most don’t think it is seeking war with the United States.
Most Americans oppose Sony’s decision not to release the film, “The Interview,” after computer hacking and terror threats from North Korea and expect similar cyberattacks to increase against other U.S. companies.
The Obama administration is struggling to find an appropriate response to a foreign power’s attack on a major U.S. company. Most voters regard a major cyberattack on the United States by another country as an act of war.
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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