Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
Thursday, December 12, 2013
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-one percent (51%) disapprove (see trends).
The latest figures include 25% 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 -16.
Numbers this week suggest the president is recovering from the high negatives he’s been earning as a result of the disastrous rollout of the new national health care law.
Results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).
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.
The president raised eyebrows around the world when he shook hands and spoke briefly with Cuban leader Raul Castro earlier this week at the funeral of Nelson Mandela. We’ll have new numbers at 10:30 am Eastern to see what voters think about U.S. relations with Cuba these days.
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.
Seventy-eight percent (78%) of U.S. Catholics have a favorable opinion of Pope Francis, Time’s Man of the Year for 2013.
Despite policies to the contrary nationwide, 75% of Americans think Christmas should be celebrated in the public schools.
Americans remain very positive about the water they drink and the air they breathe, but 41% believe the overall environment is getting worse.
Mental health issues and gun control have gotten much of the attention since the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, a year ago, but some think limiting access to violent video games and movies would do more to prevent future incidents of this kind.
Forty percent (40%) of Americans believe raising the minimum wage will help the economy, while 38% think it will hurt the economy instead.
Twenty-nine percent (29%) of voters think the government should stop deporting illegal immigrants until Congress passes a comprehensive immigration reform plan.
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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