Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Obama Approval Index August 23, 2011
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 19% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president.  Forty-five percent (45%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -26

This is the lowest Approval Index rating yet measured for President Obama. The previous low was -24 reached yesterday and also in September 2010.  Additionally, the level of Strong Approval matches the lowest yet recorded.  By way of comparison, President Bush had ratings near the end of his second term in the minus 30’s.

Only 20% think government anti-poverty programs reduce poverty.  Seventy-one percent (71%) believe too many people get welfare who should not be getting it.  Only 18% believe the opposite is true. Fifty-nine percent (59%) think immigrants who follow the law and enter the United States legally should have to wait three years or more before collecting welfare benefits

Overall, 44% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's performance.  Fifty-six percent (56%) at least somewhat disapprove.  The president wins approval from 78% of Democrats and 44% of those not affiliated with either major party.  Ninety-one percent (91%) of Republicans disapprove.

Forty-two percent (42%) of American Adults believe corporations pay too little in taxes, while 24% feel they pay too much.  Most (59%) think it is better to have lower corporate tax rates and very few deductions than to have higher tax rates and lots of deductions. Seventy-nine percent (79%) recognize that corporations generally pass higher taxes along to their customers in the form of higher prices.


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