The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Approval Index for Friday continues to show positive reviews for Barack Obama. For the fourth straight day, Obama’s efforts have earned him a +18 rating, up ten points since the night after the election (see trends). The number of voters who say the nation is heading in the right direction and confidence in the War on Terror have also increased.
But, as consumer confidence remains low, 73% of Americans worry that the federal government itself will run out of money. Just 30% favor a bailout for the auto industry. Still, a majority believes that it’s a good idea for most Americans to invest in the stock market.
The Presidential Approval Index is calculated by subtracting the number who Strongly Disapprove from the number who Strongly Approve of the way that Obama is handling the role of President-elect. Rasmussen Reports believes that this is a better measure of public perceptions than the overall approval ratings.
Currently, 41% of voters nationwide Strongly Approve of the way that Obama is handling his new role while 23% Strongly Disapprove The number who Strongly Disapprove is down ten percentage points since the night after the election.
Overall, 58% of voters somewhat or strongly approve of Obama’s performance so far while 38% disapprove. Michelle Obama also receives positive reviews.
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