The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 23 percent of the nation’s voters strongly approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Thirty-eight percent strongly disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of minus15.
Only eight percent give Congress good or excellent marks, and just 26 percent believe the United States is generally heading in the right direction.
Thirty-eight percent believe that most reporters are trying to help the president pass his agenda. That’s down from 48 percent a year ago. Twenty percent think most reporters are trying to block the president from passing his agenda.
Just 51 percent believe they will have enough money to enjoy a comfortable retirement, marking a consistent decline since October 2010.
The Presidential Approval Index is calculated by subtracting the number who strongly disapprove from the number who strongly approve.
Overall, percent of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's performance. Fifty-three percent at least somewhat disapprove.
Sixty-seven percent believe most reporters try to help the candidate they want to win. Only 21 percent think they try to offer unbiased coverage.
Forty-six percent believe the average reporter is more liberal than they are while 18 percent believe the average reporter is more conservative.
Just 25 percent would like to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency while 61 percent are opposed. However, voters tend to like the idea of requiring congressional approval before new regulations are implemented.
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