Obama's 1st - Term Approval Rating Among Lowest of Post World War 2 Presidents...Only Carter, Ford Fared WorseSubmitted by emalvini on Mon, 01/21/2013 - 10:18
Obama's 1st - Term Approval Rating Among Lowest of Post World War 2 Presidents...Only Carter, Ford Fared Worse
Obama Averages 49% Approval in First Term
Approval has been climbing in recent quarters
by Jeffrey M. Jones
January 21, 2013
PRINCETON, NJ -- President Barack Obama averaged 49.1% job approval during his first term in office, among the lowest for post-World War II presidents. Only Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford had lower job approval averages. Obama's first-term average is most similar to Bill Clinton's. Lyndon Johnson, John Kennedy, and Dwight Eisenhower were the most popular first-term presidents.
Obama's first-term approval average, like those of most presidents with lower first-term averages, was likely dragged down by a sluggish economy. Clinton and Reagan saw higher second-term approval as the economy improved. Obama's approval rating has also shown improvement, with a 48.1% average in his fourth year in office after a 44.4% average in his third year.