Obama’s Approval Ratings Highest on Record since First Year in Office
Obama’s Approval RatingsAs President Obama prepares to pass the torch to President-elect Trump today, The Harris Poll takes a final look at America’s feelings towards his time in office. For the first time since August 2009, just over half of Americans rate President Barack Obama positively. As his two-term Presidency comes to a close, 51% of adults say the President is doing an excellent or pretty good job overall. While Obama’s positive ratings have been steadily climbing since March of 2016, this new rating is significantly higher than the 44% who felt positively in September/October of 2016, the last time this question was asked.
When Obama first entered office, ratings were quite high, with a majority of Americans saying he was doing an excellent or pretty good job between March and June of 2009. The highest rating on record came in May of that same year when nearly 6 in 10 Americans believed he was doing a good job (59%) and, until today, August of 2009 was the last showing of a positive tilt at 51%.
These are some of the results of The Harris Poll® of 2,192 U.S. adults ages 18+ surveyed online between January 9 and 11, 2017. Complete results of the study can be found here.
Positive thinkers While the masses agree President Obama is doing at least a pretty good job overall, some groups are more positively leaning than others. Those most likely to rate the President positively are:
Democrats (86% vs. 46% Independent and 15% Republican);
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Methodology This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United Statesbetween January 9 and 11, 2017 among 2,192 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.
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The Harris Poll®#3, January 20, 2017 By Allyssa Birth, Senior Research Analyst, The Harris Poll
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Waves Blockchain Platform Introduces New Framework for Community-Based Ratings Organizations
Waves Platform has announced the launch of a new token for community-based KYC/screening of new assets.
January 6, 2017, Moscow, Russia – The Waves platform has announced the upcoming launch of a new token as a part of its recently introduced Custom Application Token (CAT) facility on the mainnet. The new token distribution will enable Waves to foster community engagement in the next nine months.
The new token, aptly called the Waves Community Token (WCT) will be distributed after January 15, 2017. Initially, 20 percent of the WCTs will be distributed across all existing Waves wallet addresses based on their average WAVES balance between 1st and 15th January 2017. The initial distribution will be followed by 8 similar distributions in tranches of 10 percent each time. In order to be able to receive the WCTs, Waves community members should be holding their balance in Waves local wallets. Any WAVES tokens on exchange platforms are not eligible for WCT distribution.
Waves Community Token is designed to be much more than an alternative to Ethereum’s DAOs, which was compromised earlier in 2016. However, WCTs have better security, reliability and can serve a number of purposes. The DAO like feature on WCT enables members to offer community-based ratings for new projects launched on Waves platform. Asset issuers on Waves platform will also be able to distribute a proportion of their crowdfunded tokens to the WCT and Waves community in return for various services.
Waves Community Token (WCT), like any other Waves CAT assets, is freely transferable and tradable. WCT holders are eligible to receive a constant stream of asset rewards, giving the token a meaningful lifetime value. The WCT distribution timeline spread over a period of nine months also incentivises the community to keep WAVES tokens in their local wallets, away from exchanges by encouraging long-term holding.
Waves Community Tokens vs Decentralized Autonomous Organizations
Ethereum’s controversial Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO) project was a limited success after a loophole in the DAO smart contract was exploited by a hacker, draining out millions of USD worth of ETH from pooled investment fund. Unlike Ethereum that focuses on smart contracts, Waves is a custom tokens platform where tokens can be easily created, transferred and traded.
The straight forward functionality offered by Waves platform makes it easier to use compared to other platforms. This will in turn influence companies seeking to launch their own crypto-tokens choose Waves over other blockchain platforms. Businesses can use Waves to create tokens that represent ownership of any number of different items of real-world value, from fiat currency and stocks to vouchers redeemable for specific goods and services. Waves will use a decentralized voting mechanism for an accurate reflection of community sentiment about new projects without putting funds at direct risk.