Thursday, February 02, 2012
When tracking President Obama’s job approval on a daily basis, people sometimes get so caught up in the day-to-day fluctuations that they miss the bigger picture. To look at the longer-term trends, Rasmussen Reports compiles the numbers on a full-month basis, and the results can be seen in the graphics below.
Overall, while the president's numbers improved only slightly in January, he now enjoys his highest monthly approval index since June of last year.
In January, 24% of voters Strongly Approved of the president’s job performance, up a point from the previous month. The number who Strongly Disapproved of the job Obama is doing was at 39% in January, down one point from December.
His full-month Presidential Approval Index rating for January was -15, up two points from December and the president’s best showing since June. However, the president started 2011 with a rating of -11 and enjoyed a positive index of 23 when he first assumed office in January 2009.
Daily tracking results are collected via telephone surveys of 500 likely voters per night. The monthly numbers in this article are based on approximately 15,000 interviews each month with likely voters. The margin of sampling error is less than +/- 1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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