Monday, June 29, 2015
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday 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 26% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 38% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -12.
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Oops! Looks like they caught us again. The renegade Internet site WikiLeaks released documents online last week that shows the United States has spied on the last three French presidents. Earlier releases showed we have been spying on another ally, Germany. We’ll tell you at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today what U.S. voters think about all this.
The president last week weathered major challenges to his agenda – with surprising Supreme Court rulings upholding Obamacare and same-sex marriage. But his plan to protect up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation is still tied up in the courts.
Most voters continue to believe the federal government is a supporter, not an opponent, of illegal immigration, and even more are in favor of imposing tough sanctions on those who hire or rent property to those who are in this country illegally.
Speaking of marriage, 72% think it’s important for someone to be married before they have children.
Add another Republican to the presidential mix – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal – but GOP voters don’t give him much of a chance to be the party’s nominee.
The Obama administration’s troubled nuclear talks with Iran were supposed to be concluded by tomorrow but have now been extended as negotiations continue. Voters are almost evenly divided over the basic deal the administration has cut with Iran to slow the latter’s nuclear weapons program. But most doubt that Iran will abide by its terms or that its compliance can be verified by the United States.
Americans are a little less worried about Iran these days, although it still runs near the top of the list of nations seen as enemies of the United States.
See “What They Told Us” in surveys last week.
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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