Monday, January 23, 2017

Barack Obama had an average approval rating of 47.9% during his time in office, according to a Gallup poll

That puts him behind Richard Nixon, who resigned, and George W. Bush, who saw his approval rating drop as low as 25% near the end of his term. It puts him ahead of only Gerald Ford (47.2%), Jimmy Carter (45.5%) and Harry Truman (45.4%). Gallup has published the average approval rating for all twelve presidents who have served since World War II. John F. Kennedy ranks highest with an average approval rating of 70.1%. He is followed by Dwight Eisenhower (65.0%), George H.W. Bush (60.9%), Bill Clinton (55.1%), Lyndon Johnson (55.1%), Ronald Reagan (52.8%), George W. Bush (49.4%), Barack Obama (47.9%), Gerald Ford (47.2%), Jimmy Carter (45.5%) and Harry Truman (45.4%). “After his first year,” the Gallup analysis said of Obama’s poll numbers, “he received sustained majority approval only once more during his first term in office. Fortunately for him, that came during his 16th quarter in office - around the time he was re-elected in the fall of 2012. Shortly after his second term began, his support dipped back into the 40s and did not return to the majority level again until his final year in office.”

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