March 26, 2017

Presidential Approval Comparison

With President Obama now in week #80 of his presidency, his approval rating is 45%.  Comparatively, for the 4 previous presidencies, the lowest approval rating during week #80 belongs to Reagan with 41%, as shown below in the graph from Gallup.  Clinton, though, isn’t far behind at 43%, but George H.W. Bush and his son are sitting more favorably with 74% and 68%, respectively.  An important concept to consider, however, is that public opinion surges for Presidents when the country enters military conflict, as occurred during this relative point in both of the Bush presidencies, but did not occur in Reagan’s, Clinton’s, or Obama’s.

With the start of the Gulf War on August 2nd, 1990, George H.W. Bush leads the pack.

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