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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 47% 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 39% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -16.

Results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).

The president has announced that he is moving to end the 54-year-old U.S. economic embargo against Cuba. A year ago at this time, voters remained evenly divided over whether that embargo should be ended.

When it comes to national security, voters feel even more strongly that the U.S. military should focus on defending America’s interests rather than addressing the problems of other nations.  

Just 27% believe the United States will still be the most powerful nation in the world by the end of the 21st century.

Voters believe overwhelmingly that the president and the new Republican-led Congress should work together rather than stand on principle.

Voter confidence in the nation’s direction remains very low. But consumer confidence is near its highest levels for the year.

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More Americans are feeling the spirit this holiday season.

Christmas remains an overwhelmingly American holiday, but not when it comes to sending Christmas cards.

There’s likely to be more charitable giving this year, however. 

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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 +/- 3 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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