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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty percent (50%) disapprove (see trends).

The latest figures include 26% 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 -13.

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The president yesterday blamed the United States for helping to create the problem of global warming and vowed to lead the way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions which he says are warming the planet. But just 24% of voters believe the scientific debate about global warming is over

We’ll tell you tomorrow morning how voters are reacting to the president’s latest efforts to forge an international treaty to fight global warming despite concerns about its economic impact.

The president, Secretary of State John Kerry and others in the Obama administration argue that global warming is a bigger long-term threat to the United States than radical Islamic terrorism. Voters by far, however, see terrorism as the bigger long-term threat to the United States. 

But voters are evenly divided when asked which presidential front-runner would best keep this country safe from terrorism.

Obama has said repeatedly that radical Islamic terrorist groups are not a true reflection of their religion. Find out what voters think at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.

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The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate is set to vote this week on whether to repeal the national health care law, but voters tend to think a piecemeal approach to fixing Obamacare is a better route than scrapping it altogether. Just 11%, however, want to leave the law as it is.

Only 28% think the country is headed in the right direction.

Americans are either in a bigger spending mood this holiday season or just more eager to get their shopping done.

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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 +/- 2.5 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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