Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

TerriHaute

Hoosier Gardener
Friday, March 16, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 27% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Thirty-nine percent (39%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -12.

Seventy-two percent (72%) of voters favor requiring a photo ID to vote.

Mitt Romney and President Obama are tied at 46% in a hypothetical 2012 matchup. If Rick Santorum is the GOP nominee, the president leads 49% to 43%. Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). See tracking history for Obama vs. all four Republican candidates.

Romney leads the president in Arizona, while Santorum is tied. Both GOP hopefuls trail Obama slightly in Florida.

In his weekly syndicated column, Scott Rasmussen says that “One of the fundamental gaps between the American people and their elected politicians can be found in perceptions of the relationship between economic growth, job creation and government spending.” To create jobs, voters want to cut while Washington wants to spend.

Overall, 49% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) at least somewhat disapprove.

Fifty-eight percent (58%) believe all Americans should pay the same share of their income in taxes. The call for higher taxes on the wealthy stems from the fact that 66% believe middle-class Americans pay a larger share of their income in taxes than wealthy Americans do. Just 29% think wealthy Americans pay a larger share.

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Flippper

Time Traveler
I just can't believe obama gets such high approval ratings, where does Rasmussen poll? I've only run across two people who like the freak in the last 6 months, both low mentality, entitlement, ignorant whites.
 

TerriHaute

Hoosier Gardener
I just can't believe obama gets such high approval ratings, where does Rasmussen poll? I've only run across two people who like the freak in the last 6 months, both low mentality, entitlement, ignorant whites.
I know, it's a mystery to me. As awful as everything he does is, as weak and whiny of a leader as he has proved to be, his numbers should be in the basement. It makes no sense, but Rasmussen is one of the more accurate pollsters when it comes to the elections, so I find his results credible.
 

TerriHaute

Hoosier Gardener
Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 28% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Thirty-nine percent (39%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -11.

President Obama now leads Mitt Romney by four points in a hypothetical 2012 matchup. Today’s numbers show the president at 48% and Romney at 44%. If Rick Santorum is the GOP nominee, the president leads 50% to 43%. Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).

Romney leads Santorum by nine points both in the upcoming Illinois primary and nationally.

Overall, 49% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. Fifty percent (50%) at least somewhat disapprove.

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TerriHaute

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Monday, March 19, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 26% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15.

Americans are evenly divided as to whether America's best days have come and gone or are still ahead of us. That's the most positive assessment since January 2010.

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares for the landmark case on the president's health care law, just 28% believe the justices are doing a good or excellent job. That's the lowest rating ever received by the honorables. Nineteen percent (19%) say they're doing a poor job.

President Obama and Mitt Romney are once again tied at 46% in a hypothetical 2012 matchup. If Rick Santorum is the GOP nominee, the president leads 49% to 43%. Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).

Both Romney and Santorum lead Obama in Missouri. Romney leads Santorum by nine points both in the upcoming Illinois primary and nationally.

The president currently leads Newt Gingrich 50% to 40% and leads Ron Paul 48% to 38%. See tracking history for Obama vs. all four Republican candidates.

Overall, 49% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. Fifty percent (50%) at least somewhat disapprove.

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TerriHaute

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 26% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14.

Confidence in the housing market has stalled. Just 50% of homeowners believe their home is worth more than the mortgage. Few expect the value of their home to go up this year, and only 40% expect higher values in five years.

In a hypothetical 2012 matchup, President Obama leads Mitt Romney 47% to 44%. If Rick Santorum is the GOP nominee, the president leads 49% to 40%. In those matchups, Romney earns 80% of the Republican vote, while Santorum picks up 75%. Unaffiliated voters are evenly divided between Romney and Obama, but Santorum trails the president by 14 among such voters.

Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). See tracking history for Obama vs. all four Republican candidates.

The president leads both Romney and Santorum in Nevada, but Republican incumbent Dean Heller has a slight edge in that state’s U.S. Senate race. Nationally, Republicans hold a four-point advantage on the Generic Congressional Ballot.

Overall, 48% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. Fifty percent (50%) at least somewhat disapprove.

Sixty-four percent (64%) of Americans believe that U.S. society is generally fair and decent. Only 26% disagree and see society as unfair and discriminatory. “Those who see society as fair and decent tend to see a more modest role for government, a need for little more than smoothing off the rough edges of a working system,” Scott Rasmussen explains. “Those who see society as unfair and discriminatory tend to see a much larger role for government to remake the foundations of our society.”

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TerriHaute

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 26% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14.

Most voters haven’t been personally affected yet by the president’s health care law. However, 13% have already been helped by the president’s signature legislative accomplishment, and 26% have been hurt.

Just 19% believe the government should assist struggling homeowners in making their mortgage payments. Sixty-nine percent (69%) think someone who can’t afford to make increased mortgage payments should sell their home and find a less expensive one. Confidence in the housing market has stalled after gains in recent months. Just 50% of homeowners believe their home is worth more than the mortgage.

In a hypothetical 2012 matchup, President Obama leads Mitt Romney 47% to 44%. If Rick Santorum is the GOP nominee, the president leads 49% to 41%. Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). See tracking history for Obama vs. all four Republican candidates.

The Virginia Senate race remains a tossup.

Overall, 47% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) at least somewhat disapprove.

Thirty-one percent (31%) believe the United States is generally heading in the right direction.

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TerriHaute

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Friday, March 23, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 24% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -17.

Sixty-two percent (62%) believe it is at least somewhat likely that the president’s health care law will cause some companies to drop employee health care coverage. There is a striking partisan difference on what that would mean for employees. Republicans and unaffiliated voters overwhelmingly believe it would be bad for workers to be dropped from employer coverage and enrolled in a government-sponsored health insurance plan. However, a solid plurality of Democrats believe the change to a government plan would leave workers better off.

Thirty-eight percent (38%) rate their own personal finances as good or excellent. That matches the highest level of optimism since the fall of 2008.

In a hypothetical 2012 matchup, President Obama and Mitt Romney are tied at 45% apiece. If Rick Santorum is the GOP nominee, the president leads 49% to 41%. Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). See tracking history for Obama vs. all four Republican candidates.

Santorum has a 12-point lead over Romney heading into Saturday's Louisiana Republican primary.

Overall, 47% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) at least somewhat disapprove.
 

TerriHaute

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 24% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-two percent (42%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -18.

In a hypothetical 2012 matchup, President Obama and Mitt Romney are tied at 44% apiece. If Rick Santorum is the GOP nominee, the president leads 48% to 43%. Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). See tracking history for Obama vs. all four Republican candidates.

Santorum leads Romney heading into today's Louisiana Republican primary. Looking a bit down the road, Romney leads Santorum in Wisconsin.

Overall, 47% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) at least somewhat disapprove.

Sixty-two percent (62%) believe that allowing offshore drilling will lower the price of gas. Seventy percent (70%) say the United States is not doing enough to develop its energy resources. There is a huge gap between the Political Class and Mainstream voters on this question. Fifty-four percent (54%) of those in the Political Class think the United States already does enough to develop its own gas and oil resources; 77% of Mainstream voters disagree.

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TerriHaute

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Monday, March 26, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 27% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -13.

After reaching its highest level in more than four years on Sunday, consumer confidence retreated a bit on Monday.

In a hypothetical 2012 matchup, President Obama leads Mitt Romney leads by three percentage points, 46% to 43%. If Rick Santorum is the GOP nominee, the president leads 49% to 41%. Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).

Ron Paul trails the president by five, 44% to 39%. Newt Gingrich trails 50% to 38%. See tracking history for Obama vs. all four Republican candidates.

Forty-two percent (42%) believe the current primary process is a good way to select presidential nominees while 33% disagree. A plurality of both Republicans and Democrats say it’s a good approach. A plurality of unaffiliated voters say it is not.

Overall, 49% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) at least somewhat disapprove.

While Americans overwhelmingly see education as important for economic and national security, just 23% rate the nation’s public schools as good or excellent. Only 20% think most public schools do a good job of teaching the traditional values of Western civilization.

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TerriHaute

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 28% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -13.

Forty-eight percent (48%) believe the federal gas tax should be eliminated until gas prices come down. Forty percent (40%) disagree.

Also on the energy front, voters strongly believe that it is possible to develop the nation's shale oil resources without damaging the environment. Just 14% see it as an unattainable goal. Not surprisingly, 57% favor the use of "fracking" to develop energy resources in the United States. Most believe it is possible that the development of shale oil resources could end U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

In a hypothetical 2012 matchup, President Obama leads Mitt Romney leads by a single percentage point, 45% to 44%. If Rick Santorum is the GOP nominee, the president leads 47% to 43%. Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).

The Ohio Senate race between incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican challenger Josh Mandel is dead even. Nationally, Republicans continue to enjoy a modest lead on the Generic Congressional Ballot.

Overall, 48% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) at least somewhat disapprove.

Just 35% believe they will receive their promised Social Security benefits, the lowest level of confidence ever measured by Rasmussen Reports.

Forty-eight percent (48%) oppose requiring women to view an ultrasound before having an abortion. Forty-one percent (41%) support the idea which is now being pushed in several states.

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TerriHaute

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 27% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-two percent (42%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15.

Twenty-nine percent (29%) now say the United States is generally heading in the right direction. That’s the lowest level of confidence in two months and down five points from the recent peak of 34% reached in February.

In a case that has drawn national attention, most Americans have not yet decided whether the shooter of a Florida teenager should be found guilty or not guilty.

In a hypothetical Election 2012 matchup, it’s Mitt Romney 46% and President Obama 44%. If Rick Santorum is the GOP nominee, the president leads 45% to 43%. Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).

The president, however, has opened a lead over both Republican hopefuls in the key swing state of Ohio.

Overall, 46% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) at least somewhat disapprove.

On the energy front, voters strongly believe that it is possible to develop the nation's shale oil resources without damaging the environment. Just 14% see that as an unattainable goal. Not surprisingly, 57% favor the use of "fracking" to develop energy resources in the United States. Most believe it is possible that the development of shale oil resources could end U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

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TerriHaute

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Sunday, April 01, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 26% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14.

With questions swirling about President Obama’s plans for the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal, Americans still believe overwhelmingly that those weapons are critical to the nation’s security. Most continue to oppose reducing the size of that arsenal.

In a hypothetical Election 2012 matchup, President Obama leads Mitt Romney by just one point 46% to 45%. If Rick Santorum is the GOP nominee, the president leads 47% to 42%. Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). Romney leads the president by seven among male voters, while Santorum has a two-point advantage among men. Among women voters, Obama leads Romney by eight and Santorum by 12.

With Tuesday's Republican primaries nearing, Romney leads Santorum in both Maryland and Wisconsin.

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TerriHaute

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Monday, April 02, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 24% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Thirty-nine percent (39%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15.

Most voters (54%) continue to favor repeal of the president’s health care law. Sixty-one percent (61%) now believe it is at least somewhat likely to be repealed. That’s the highest level of expectation yet measured. Scott Rasmussen’s weekly syndicated column makes the case that the health care law is doomed regardless of what the Supreme Court decides.

On the economy, 49% trust Republicans more than Democrats, while 38% trust the Democrats more.

In a hypothetical Election 2012 matchup, President Obama and Mitt Romney are tied at 45% each. If Rick Santorum is the GOP nominee, the president leads 47% to 42%. Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).

The president leads Ron Paul 43% to 40% and Newt Gingrich 48% to 38%. See tracking history for Obama vs. all four Republican candidates.

Romney is now seen as the leader of the Republican party by 26% of all voters and 27% of Republicans. No one else is even close. This perception is broadly shared across all demographic groups except the Political Class which sees House Speaker John Boehner as the GOP leader.

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TerriHaute

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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 23% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -17.

Just six percent (6%) say Congress is doing a good or excellent job.

Looking ahead, Republicans enjoy a six-point edge on the Generic Congressional Ballot. On the economy, 49% trust Republicans more than Democrats, while 38% trust the Democrats more.

After falling to a record low in February, the number of Democrats in the country increased by a full percentage point in March. Still, for the fourth straight month, more people consider themselves Republicans than Democrats.

In a hypothetical Election 2012 matchup, Mitt Romney attracts 45% of the vote while President Obama earns 44%. If Rick Santorum is the GOP nominee, the president leads 46% to 42%. Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). Heading into today’s Republican primaries, Romney leads in both Maryland and Wisconsin.

Overall, 46% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) at least somewhat disapprove.

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. For the full month of March, the president’s Job Approval rating was at 48%. That’s down a point from February but up a point from January.

For all of 2010, the president’s full month ratings stayed in a very narrow range between 45% and 47%. In 2011, Obama’s full month ratings ranged from 44% to 49%. During the first three months of 2012, those numbers have stayed between 47% and 49%.

In state polling, 52% of Wisconsin voters now favor the recall of Republican Governor Scott Walker.

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TerriHaute

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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 23% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -18.

Perceptions that the US tax system is unfair have increased over the past year. On a most basic level of fairness, 50% of Americans now believe a person who earns twice as much as they do pays less than twice as much in taxes. Scott Rasmussen notes “the belief that upper income Americans pay less than a pro rata share of the tax burden is a key factor in the drive for tax reform.”

Twenty-two percent (22%) of workers report that their firms are hiring, while 20% report layoffs. Overall, after reaching a three-year high in February, the Rasmussen Employment Index fell slightly in March. Typically, a decline in the Employment Index means a less positive jobs report is coming.

In a hypothetical Election 2012 matchup, Mitt Romney attracts 47% of the vote, while President Obama earns 44%. If Rick Santorum is the GOP nominee, the president leads 46% to 43%. Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). Previous results for each matchup are available to Rasmussen Reader and Platinum members only.

Overall, 45% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. Fifty-four percent (54%) at least somewhat disapprove.

When tracking the president’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. For the full month of March, the president’s Job Approval rating was at 48%. That’s down a point from February but up a point from January.

For all of 2010, the president’s full month ratings stayed in a very narrow range between 45% and 47%. In 2011, Obama’s full month ratings ranged from 44% to 49%. During the first three months of 2012, those numbers have stayed between 47% and 49%.

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TerriHaute

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Thursday, April 05, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 25% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-three percent (43%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -18.

Twenty-nine percent (29%) say the U.S. is generally heading in the right direction. That’s unchanged from a week ago and down five points from the 2012 peak.

Nineteen percent (19%) of all voters think the Occupy movement will help Democrats in the 2012 elections while 33% believe the movement will hurt the party’s prospects. As for the Tea Party, 31% think it will help Republicans and 37% believe it will hurt.

In a hypothetical Election 2012 matchup, Mitt Romney attracts 47% of the vote, while President Obama earns 45%. If Rick Santorum is the GOP nominee, the president leads 46% to 44%. Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). Both Republicans lead the president in Montana.

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Overall, 46% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) at least somewhat disapprove.

Twenty-two percent (22%) of workers report that their firms are hiring, while 20% report layoffs. Overall, after reaching a three-year high in February, the Rasmussen Employment Index fell slightly in March. Typically, a decline in the Employment Index means a less positive jobs report is coming.

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TerriHaute

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Saturday, April 07, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 26% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14.

As the U.S. Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of the president’s health care law, just 15% believe the court places too many restrictions on government activity. Twice as many (30%) hold the opposite view and believe the court doesn’t place enough limits on the government. Forty percent (40%) believe the balance is about right.

In a hypothetical Election 2012 matchup, President Obama picks up 47% of the vote, while Mitt Romney earns 44%. If Rick Santorum is the GOP nominee, the president leads 49% to 40%. Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). The full tracking history for all four GOP presidential candidates is available.

Obama holds a narrow lead over both Romney and Santorum in the Core Four states of Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, and Virginia.

In his weekly syndicated column, Scott Rasmussen notes that “there are certainly differences between Obama and Romney. People will find plenty of valid reasons to select one over the other. But if the winner of Election 2012 governs as he campaigns, the disconnect will continue, and voters will grow even angrier.”

Overall, 49% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. Fifty percent (50%) at least somewhat disapprove.

Most Democrats (58%) believe the economy is getting better, while most Republicans (59%) believe it is getting worse. Among those not affiliated with either major party, 31% say better and 45% worse.

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TerriHaute

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Monday, April 09, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 23% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -17.

While the economy remains the top issue of Election 2012, voters are unimpressed with their chief options. Two-thirds (65%) trust their own judgment on economic matters more than they trust the president's. A similar number (68%) say the same about Mitt Romney. As Scott Rasmussen noted in his latest weekly syndicated column, “Given the public mood, it is almost beyond comprehension that neither party could come up with a presidential candidate opposed to the bailouts.”

Consumer confidence is down three points since Friday’s disappointing report on job creation. Sixty-one percent (61%) now believe the U.S. economy is in a recession. That’s up slightly from 58% before Friday’s report. While economists say the recession is over, a majority of Americans have believed the economy is in a recession every single night for more than four years.

In a hypothetical Election 2012 matchup, President Obama picks up 46% of the vote, while Romney earns 44%. If Rick Santorum is the GOP nominee, the president leads 47% to 41%. Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). The full tracking history is available for all four GOP presidential candidates.

Obama holds a narrow lead over both Romney and Santorum in the Core Four states of Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Overall, 49% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. Fifty percent (50%) at least somewhat disapprove.

As the U.S. Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of the president’s health care law, just 15% believe the court places too many restrictions on government activity. Twice as many (30%) hold the opposite view and believe the court doesn’t place enough limits on the government. Forty percent (40%) believe the balance is about right.

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TerriHaute

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 24% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -17.

Views of the Supreme Court have improved dramatically following the hearings on the president’s health care law. Before the highly publicized oral arguments were heard by the court, just 28% thought the court was doing a good or an excellent job. Now, as the belief has grown that the court might overturn the health care law, the number offering positive reviews is up to 41%. Most voters continue to favor repeal of the health care law.

Sixty-one percent (61%) believe finding new sources of energy is more important than reducing the amount of energy Americans now consume. Thirty-two percent (32%) feel reducing the amount of energy consumed is more important.

In a hypothetical Election 2012 matchup, President Obama and Mitt Romney are tied at 45%. Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).

If Rick Santorum is the GOP nominee, the president leads 45% to 42%. This is the final time that Rasmussen Reports will update Santorum’s numbers against Obama on a daily basis. Given the state of the Republican primary competition, Santorum’s numbers will now be updated weekly. Rasmussen Reports also updates the latest matchup numbers for Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul about once a week. The full tracking history is available for all four GOP presidential candidates.

Overall, 47% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) at least somewhat disapprove.

Republicans continue to enjoy a five-point advantage over Democrats on the Generic Congressional Ballot.

Consumer confidence has slipped for four consecutive days since Friday’s disappointing government report on job creation. However, each of the daily declines has been modest. Overall, confidence has fallen four points since Friday’s report. Typically, it takes up to a full week before the impact of a jobs report is fully reflected in consumer confidence data.

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TerriHaute

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 27% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -13.

Forty-four percent (44%) of Likely U.S. Voters now believe that the auto bailouts were good for the nation. Forty-seven percent (47%) take the opposite view and believe they were bad. Only 31% believe the financial industry bailouts were good for America.

In a hypothetical Election 2012 matchup, President Obama and Mitt Romney are tied at 45%. Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). The president has a three-point advantage over Romney among voters not affiliated with either major party. See tracking history.

Obama leads Romney by 16 in New Mexico.

Overall, 48% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) at least somewhat disapprove.

The Massachusetts Senate race between incumbent Republican Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren is a toss-up.

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TerriHaute

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Friday, April 13, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 24% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -17.

In a hypothetical Election 2012 matchup, Mitt Romney earns 48% of the vote, while President Obama attracts 44%. That's Romney's biggest advantage in over a month. Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). See tracking history.

For all the talk about the War on Women and the gender gap, there is little difference in the gap between 2012 and 2008. Rasmussen Reports compiles tracking data on a full week basis to get a larger sample for demographic analysis and to observe long-term trends. For the week ending April 8, Romney led by six points among men, while Obama led by six points among women. That 12 point gender gap is identical to the gap in 2008. Exit polls showed Obama defeating McCain by 13 points among women and one point among men. Platinum Members can review the week by week numbers and the demographic crosstabs for each week’s results.

On economic issues, 49% of voters trust Romney more than Obama, while 39% trust the president. The candidates are fairly even on other key issues. Scott Rasmussen's weekly commentary looks at where the candidates stand as the general election gets underway. The numbers suggest the race in November could be very close.

Consumer confidence has fallen on six of the seven days since last week's disappointing jobs report. Overall, confidence has fallen nine points from 93.3 last Friday to 84.6 today. Just 30% now believe the economy is getting better, down from 35% a week ago. Fifty-one percent (51%) believe the economy is getting worse.

Overall, 46% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) at least somewhat disapprove.

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 23% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -18.

In a hypothetical Election 2012 matchup, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney earns 48% of the vote, while President Obama attracts 43% support. Data released on the first 14 days of April has shown Romney with an advantage five times, Obama with an edge four times and the candidates tied five times. See tracking history.

Looked at from a different perspective, the candidates have been within two points of each other on nine of 14 days. Romney has had a larger advantage three times and Obama twice. Overall, these numbers suggest a very close race. Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).

Scott Rasmussen's weekly syndicated column notes that the president's job approval ratings have remain locked in a very narrow range—just below 50%-- for the past 32 months. As Romney and Obama begin the general election campaign, the underlying fundamentals also point to the likelihood of a very close race in November.

Overall, 45% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) at least somewhat disapprove.

Romney leads the president by two in North Carolina. Obama's well ahead in Massachusetts and New Mexico.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 24% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -17.

Twenty-one percent (21%) of homeowners believe the value of their home will go up in the coming year, but 25% expect the opposite.

Fifty-three percent (53%) of voters favor environmental regulations that place stricter limits on carbon dioxide emissions from new coal power plants, but most also recognize that those regulations will make the cost of energy go up. Interestingly, they have a slightly more favorable view of the coal industry than they do of the agency that is regulating it, the Environmental Protection Agency.

In a hypothetical Election 2012 matchup, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney earns 47% of the vote, while President Obama attracts support from 43%. Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). See tracking history.

Overall, 47% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) at least somewhat disapprove.

To help the economy, 70% of voters believe the government should cut spending. Only 17% want an increase in government spending.

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 26% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-two percent (42%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -16.

Fifty-four percent (54%) believe increases in government spending hurt the economy. Only 23% believe more government spending will help the economy.

In a hypothetical Election 2012 matchup, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney earns 46% of the vote, while President Obama attracts support from 45%. Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). See tracking history.

Overall, 47% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) at least somewhat disapprove.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 24% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-three percent (43%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19.

Sixty percent (60%) believe that American society is generally fair and decent. Only 26% believe it is unfair and discriminatory.

Sixty-nine percent (69%) believe that pay and bonuses for CEOs is too high, but only 17% think the government should regulate their compensation. There is, however, a notable exception. Forty-six percent (46%) support regulation of CEO salaries at companies that were bailed out, even if the company has repaid the bailout money.

In a hypothetical Election 2012 matchup, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney earns 47% of the vote, while President Obama attracts support from 44%. Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update).

For more than a month in the daily tracking poll, the president has picked up between 43% and 47% of the vote every single day. For Romney, during the same time frame, his support has stayed between 43% and 48% every day. See tracking history.

Overall, 45% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. Fifty-four percent (54%) at least somewhat disapprove.

Scott Rasmussen’s Monday morning radio update for the WOR Radio Network notes that just 27% of voters believe government investments made America great. A much larger number give credit to the free enterprise system.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that Mitt Romney earns 48% of the vote, while President Obama attracts support from 44%. Four percent (4%) would vote for a third party candidate, while another 4% are undecided.

Intensity of support or opposition can have an impact on campaigns. Currently, 23% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -18.

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear the federal government’s challenge to Arizona’s immigration law, 59% of voters believe police officers should check the immigration status of those they stop for traffic violations. However, as Scott Rasmussen notes in a radio commentary, voter anger is not directed at the immigrants. It is directed at the federal government, employers and others who enable illegal immigration.

Most Americans believe the price of gas could reach $5 a gallon in the next few months. Forty-four percent (44%) believe government regulations are primarily to blame, while 32% point to speculators.

Three-out-of-four Americans (75%) would prefer the U.S. Postal Service cut mail delivery to five days a week rather than receive government subsidies to cover ongoing losses.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A president’s Job Approval rating is one of the best indicators for assessing his chances of reelection. Typically, the president’s Job Approval rating on Election Day will be close to the share of the vote he receives. Currently, 46% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) at least somewhat disapprove.

Intensity of support or opposition can have an impact on campaigns. Currently, 24% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -17.

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows Mitt Romney earning 49% of the vote, while President Obama attracts support from 44%. Three percent (3%) would vote for a third party candidate, while another four percent (4%) are undecided.

Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). See tracking history.

New polling from Virginia shows that the Senate race between George Allen (R) and Tim Kaine (D) remains a toss-up.

As the campaign unfolds, the role of government in American society will again be debated. Just 22% of voters believe more government leads to more fairness. Fifty percent (50%) believe increased government regulation leads to less fairness.

Two-out-of-three (66%) believe that most government contracts are awarded to those with political connections rather than to those who provide the best service at the best price.

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Monday, April 30, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows Mitt Romney earning 47% of the vote while President Obama picks up support from 45%. Four percent (4%) would vote for a third party candidate, while three percent (3%) are undecided.

Intensity of support or opposition can have an impact on campaigns. Currently, 26% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Obama is performing his role as president. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove, giving him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14.

During midterm elections, intensity of support can have a tremendous impact on turnout. That was demonstrated in 2010 when Republicans and unaffiliated voters turned out in large numbers to express opposition to the Obama administration’s policies. However, in presidential election years, there is a smaller impact on turnout.

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

Romney carries 82% of the Republican vote, while Obama earns support from 85% of Democrats. The two candidates are tied among voters not affiliated with either major party, with 43% support each.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows President Obama earning 47% of the vote and Mitt Romney attracting 44%. Four percent (4%) would vote for a third party candidate, while another four percent (4%) are undecided. Currently, 29% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Obama is performing his role as president. Thirty-nine percent (39%) Strongly Disapprove, giving him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -10 .

A president’s Job Approval rating is one of the best indicators for assessing his chances of reelection. Typically, the president’s Job Approval rating on Election Day will be close to the share of the vote he receives. Currently, 49% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. Fifty percent (50%) at least somewhat disapprove.

Twenty-three percent (23%) of workers nationwide report that their employers are hiring. Another 23% report layoffs. The Rasmussen Employment Index declined for the second straight month in April but remains higher than it was for all of 2011.

The number of Americans who consider themselves Republicans slipped a bit last month. So did the number who consider themselves Democrats.

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Saturday, May 12, 2012
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows Mitt Romney earning 50% of the vote and President Obama attracting 42% support. Four percent (4%) would vote for a third party candidate, while another three percent (3%) are undecided.
Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). See tracking history.
Check out our review of last week’s key polls to see “What They Told Us.”
The president leads by four in Wisconsin.
Given the chance, 68% would vote to replace the entire Congress and start from scratch.
Scott Rasmussen’s weekly syndicated column notes that Senator Richard Lugar’s loss in a Republican primary highlights the sour relationship between voters and politicians. “In many troubled relationships, both sides deserve some of the blame. But the United States is a nation founded on the belief that governments gain their legitimacy only from the consent of the governed. In the relationship between the people and the Political Class, that means the voters are right, and the politicians need to change.”

(President Obama’s Job Approval Ratings Below)

A president’s Job Approval rating is one of the best indicators for assessing his chances of reelection. Typically, the president’s Job Approval rating on Election Day will be close to the share of the vote he receives. Currently, 44% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. That’s his lowest level of approval in two months. Fifty-five percent (55%) at least somewhat disapprove (see trends).

Thirty-seven percent (37%) give the president good or excellent marks for his handling of the economy. Forty-eight percent (48%) say he’s doing a poor job.

Sixty-five percent (65%) of voters are angry at the policies of the federal government. Fifty-three percent (53%) believe neither Republican nor Democratic political leaders have a good understanding of what is needed today.
Governor Scott Walker has a modest lead as he seeks to keep his job in the Wisconsin recall battle.
Political analyst Larry Sabato takes a look at the congressional elections and wonders if the Senate is fit to be tied.
To get a sense of longer-term Job Approval trends for the president, Rasmussen Reports also compiles our tracking data on a full month-by-month basis.
(Daily Approval Index Updates Below)


Intensity of support or opposition can have an impact on campaigns. Currently, 21% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-three percent (43%) Strongly Disapprove, giving him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -22 (see trends).

That’s the president’s lowest Approval Index rating in six months, since December 3, 2011.
During midterm elections, intensity of support can have a tremendous impact on turnout. That was demonstrated in 2010 when Republicans and unaffiliated voters turned out in large numbers to express opposition to the Obama administration’s policies. However, in presidential election years, there is a smaller impact on turnout.

Telco Productions has announced new station signings for the syndicated TV show What America Thinks, with Scott Rasmussen. The weekly show will be carried on CBS stations in three of the nation’s top four markets—WCBS in New York, KCBS in Los Angeles and KYW in Philadelphia. Other stations that have already signed up include WADL in Detroit, WFOR in Miami, KPHO in Phoenix and more. Additional station signings will be released in the coming weeks. What America Thinks is scheduled to launch in September.
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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.

Like all organizations that conduct public opinion polls, Rasmussen Reports weights its data to reflect the population at large (see methodology). It is important to remember that the Rasmussen Reports job approval ratings are based upon a sample of likely voters. Some other firms base their approval ratings on samples of all adults. Obama's numbers are almost always several points higher in a poll of adults rather than likely voters. That's because some of the president's most enthusiastic supporters, such as young adults, are less likely to turn out to vote.

Among other targets, Rasmussen Reports weights data by political party affiliation using a dynamic weighting process. While partisan affiliation is generally quite stable over time, there are a fair number of people who waver between allegiance to a particular party or independent status. Our baseline targets are established based upon separate survey interviews with a sample of adults nationwide completed during the preceding three months (a total of 45,000 interviews) and targets are updated monthly. Currently, the baseline targets for the adult population are 35.8% Republicans, 33.0% Democrats, and 31.2% unaffiliated. Likely voter samples typically show a slightly larger advantage for the Republicans.

Partisan affiliation is typically a key indicator in Presidential election years.

Over the past 20 years, exit polls have shown the party identification numbers ranging from even to a 7 point Democratic advantage. The Democrats’ best year was 2008 while 2004 showed the best numbers for the GOP.


A review of last week's key polls is posted each Saturday morning.
 

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Congressional Favorability Ratings

23% View Harry Reid Favorably, 57% Don't





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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner are the leaders of their respective legislative chambers, but neither rates very high in the estimation of voters.



A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 23% of Likely U.S. Voters share a somewhat favorable opinion of Reid, while 57% view him unfavorably.

This includes six percent (6%) with a Very Favorable regard for the Nevada Democrat and 37% who see him Very Unfavorably.

Twenty-one percent (21%) have no opinion. Reid’s overall unfavorables tie findings in January which marked his highest negatives since the beginning of 2009. (To see survey question wording, click here.)



The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on May 8-9, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
 

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The candidates have been within two points of each other on every day but one for more than two full weeks. Both candidates have led on seven of those 15 days and have been tied once. See tracking history.
Most voters still want to repeal the president’s national health care law as they have consistently in regular surveys since it was passed by Congress over two years ago.
Forty-four percent (44%) of Americans plan to take a summer vacation this year.
(President Obama’s Job Approval Ratings Below)



A president’s Job Approval rating is one of the best indicators for assessing his chances of reelection. Typically, the president’s Job Approval rating on Election Day will be close to the share of the vote he receives. Currently, 49% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. Fifty percent (50%) at least somewhat disapprove (see trends).
 

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Sunday, June 10, 2012
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows Mitt Romney attracting 46% of the vote, while President Obama earns 45%. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided.
Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). See tracking history.
Romney leads in Missouri, while the candidates are tied in Colorado and Virginia. Coloradoans will be voting whether to legalize marijuana this November, a ballot initiative that some say could impact the presidential race there. Sixty-one percent (61%) of Likely Voters in the state favor legalizing marijuana if it is regulated the way alcohol and cigarettes are.
Consumer confidence on Saturday fell to its lowest level in the past five months.
Check out our review of last week’s key polls to see “What They Told Us.”
In his latest syndicated newspaper column, Scott Rasmussen talks about New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on super-size sugary drinks. "America’s Political Class likes to frame every debate as a choice between doing nothing or letting the government do it,” he writes. “In the case of nutritional issues, most Americans see another option: Let individuals make their own choices, and then let them bear the burden or reap the reward of those choices."
If you’d like Scott Rasmussen to speak to your organization, meeting, or conference, please contact Premiere Speakers. The Wall Street Journal has called him “America’s leading insurgent pollster,” and The Washington Post says Scott is a “driving force in American politics.”
(Job Approval Data Below)

A president’s Job Approval rating is one of the best indicators for assessing his chances of reelection. Typically, the president’s Job Approval rating on Election Day will be close to the share of the vote he receives. Currently, 48% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's job performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) at least somewhat disapprove (see trends).
Voters are skeptical that either party will actually cut government spending if they win in November. However, most think taxes and spending will go up if the president is reelected and Democrats regain control of Congress.
In the wake of the Wisconsin recall vote, Americans have mixed opinions of public employee unions.
Even though the national jobs rate continues to show little movement, most Americans still prefer short-term government solutions for the unemployed or none at all.
To get a sense of longer-term Job Approval trends for the president, Rasmussen Reports also compiles our tracking data on a full month-by-month basis. For the full month of May, the president’s total Job Approval rating was at 49%, up two points from April. However, it is within the narrow range of 47% to 49% that his full month approval ratings have occupied since the beginning of 2012.

Intensity of support or opposition can have an impact on campaigns. Currently, 29% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Obama is performing his role as president. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove, giving him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -11 (see trends).
During midterm elections, intensity of support can have a tremendous impact on turnout. That was demonstrated in 2010 when Republicans and unaffiliated voters turned out in large numbers to express opposition to the Obama administration’s policies. However, in presidential election years, there is a smaller impact on turnout.

Rasmussen Reports is a media company whose work is followed by millions on a wide variety of platforms. We regularly release our results at RasmussenReports.com, through a daily email newsletter, a nationally syndicated radio news service, an online video service and a weekly newspaper column distributed by Creators Syndicate. A nationally syndicated TV show--What America Thinks --is scheduled for launch in September 2012.
Our firm 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). Pollsters for Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton have cited our "unchallenged record for both integrity and accuracy."
During Election 2008, Rasmussen Reports projected that Barack Obama would defeat John McCain by a 52% to 46% margin. Obama was 53% to 46%. In 2004, Rasmussen Reports was the only firm to project the vote totals for both candidates within half a percentage point. Learn more about the Rasmussen Reports track record over the years.
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.
Like all organizations that conduct public opinion polls, Rasmussen Reports weights its data to reflect the population at large (see methodology). It is important to remember that the Rasmussen Reports job approval ratings are based upon a sample of likely voters. Some other firms base their approval ratings on samples of all adults. Obama's numbers are almost always several points higher in a poll of adults rather than likely voters. That's because some of the president's most enthusiastic supporters, such as young adults, are less likely to turn out to vote.
Among other targets, Rasmussen Reports weights data by political party affiliation using a dynamic weighting process. While partisan affiliation is generally quite stable over time, there are a fair number of people who waver between allegiance to a particular party or independent status. Our baseline targets are established based upon separate survey interviews with a sample of adults nationwide completed during the preceding three months (a total of 45,000 interviews) and targets are updated monthly. Currently, the baseline targets for the adult population are 35.7% Republicans, 33.4% Democrats, and 30.8% unaffiliated. Likely voter samples typically show a slightly larger advantage for the Republicans.
 

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows Mitt Romney attracting 48% of the vote, while President Obama earns 44%. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided.

Intensity of support or opposition can have an impact on campaigns. Currently, 26% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove, giving him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15.

New numbers from the swing state of Iowa show a toss-up with Romney picking up 47% of the vote to Obama's 46%. In that state, Romney has a 10-point advantage on the question of who is trusted more to deal with the economy.

The race is also a toss-up in Ohio, Virginia, Florida and Colorado. Romney leads in North Carolina and Missouri. Obama leads in Pennsylvania. New numbers from Wisconsin will be released at noon Eastern today.

Four years ago, after wrapping up the Democratic nomination, Obama led John McCain every single day during the month of June. His average lead was five percentage points. Obama eventually won by seven points. In the first 13 days of June for Election 2012, Romney has held the lead 10 times, the candidates have been tied twice, and Obama has been on top once. See tracking history.

Consumer confidence slipped a bit on Wednesday and is now barely above the lowest levels of the past five months. Just 32% of consumers rate their own finances as good or excellent. That’s down from 43% in the fall of 2008 on the night before Lehman Brothers collapsed. It’s down three from 35% on the day Obama took office.

On a lighter note, just 12% think the Star Spangled Banner should be replaced as the national anthem. Eighty-two percent (82%) are opposed.

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