Monday, August 03, 2015
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) disapprove (see trends).
The latest figures include 24% 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 -16.
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What if Donald Trump isn’t the Republican presidential nominee next year and chooses to run as a third-party candidate? We’ll tell you what his chances are at 10:30 a.m. Eastern today.
Will Vice President Joe Biden challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination? When we asked Democratic voters in January which major Democrat they preferred, Clinton earned 59% support to Biden’s six percent (6%). But party leaders are worried that Clinton is vulnerable. We’ll ask again this week.
One Democrat who isn’t running is the president whose limited by law to two terms. Obama said last week that he could win another term if he was legally allowed to run, but voters disagree.
The president’s monthly job approval rating was up two points in July.
Seventy-nine percent (79%) of voters think it is more important for Congress and the president to work together to achieve what’s best for the country rather than to stand for what they believe in.
The Senate this week is debating whether to cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood. The pro-choice group has come under fire for selling the body parts of aborted babies. Americans aren’t happy with that business.
Voters are okay with legal immigration and those who come to the United State to pursue the American Dream, but they strongly believe those immigrants should assimilate.
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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