Thursday, October 23, 2014
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday 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 23% 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 -17.
Results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).
Beginning next year, Indiana will limit how long someone can receive food stamps. How do voters feel about similar limits in their states? We’ll let you know at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.
Look for our latest numbers out of the unexpectedly competitive Kansas Senate race at noon and from the Illinois governor’s race at 1.
The Wisconsin governor’s race remains up for grabs going into the final stretch.
Slightly more voters now think it is better for the country if the best and brightest work for government rather than in the private sector.
Just 26% say the United States is heading in the right direction. This finding has now been in the 23% to 27% range nearly every week since early June.
Nearly two-out-of-three voters continue to feel the economy is unfair to the middle class.
But 37% of Americans think the economy will be stronger in a year, while 32% say it will be weaker.
Forty-eight percent (48%) expect higher interest rates a year from now.
(More to come)
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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