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-six percent (46%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -22 (see trends).
This matches the lowest Approval Index rating yet measured for this president. Platinum Members can see key demographic information and other members-only information.
Over the past week, the Approval Index ratings have been more volatile than usual and it is unlikely that perceptions of the president have shifted that much. Rather, with results reported on a three-day rolling average basis, the volatility appears to be the result of one day with results outside of the normal range working its way through the system. Over the past couple of months, the president’s full-month Approval Index rating has been -16 or -17.
Seventy percent (70%) believe that most members of Congress trade votes for cash or campaign contributions. Fifty-six percent (56%) say it’s likely their own representative in Congress has done the same.
Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Americans continue to believe that the 1945 decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a good one. Sixty-eight percent (68%) believe it saved a lot of American lives and just 20% think the U.S. should apologize for the bombing.