Obama Most Popular President Since JFK?


Sure, Obama’s approval rating (currently 43%) is low.  But stop believing the lie that it’s any different than any other President.  George W. Bush was at 42% at this same time in his Presidency.

Obama’s lowest score ever was 38% a few weeks ago.  Let’s compare that with other Presidents’ lowest scores:

Harry Truman (22%)

Dwight Eisenhower (48%)

John F. Kennedy (56%)

Lyndon Johnson (35%)

Richard Nixon (24%)

Gerald Ford (37%)

Jimmy Carter (28%)

Ronald Reagan (35%)

George H.W. Bush (29%)

Bill Clinton (37%)

George W. Bush (25%)

You don’t look at one number to proclaim that a President is the “worst ever” or “most popular.”  George W. Bush’s popularity was tremendously high after 9/11 (as would any President’s be), but if you average out his term, it’s very low.

Better is to compare  based on similar periods.  All Presidents start off strong and drop over time.  Also, comparing poll numbers in the present day to those from Truman’s time where there was not 24 hour news coverage, a plethora of different channels, and the internet.

** data was collected from Gallup (http://www.gallup.com/poll/124922/presidential-approval-center.aspx)



  1. awilliams0218 · November 7, 2014

    This is interesting to see because his approval rating is thrown around constantly as a bad thing.it suggest that he is not doing his job well. Somewhat saying that he is a “failure”. When comparing his approval ratings to many others he is on top list of most liked. If his approval ratings consider him a failure or “not doing his job” then by the same logic many of the presidents are, both republican and democrat.

  2. tierwootson · November 8, 2014

    Thank you, somebody finally said something. What they don’t want to talk about is that fact that if he was fully white, he would not be getting as much grief as he does. Hopefully within his last two years people will start respecting him and remember it’s not just his fault for what our nation is going through.

  3. campbellken · November 8, 2014

    This is very interesting, I’m sure the other percentage is the Republican party, who are generally waiting for him to end his tenure in office immediately. Furthermore, I’m surprised Obama has a higher percentage than Clinton, interesting.

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