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Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Definitive Look at Presidential Job Approval

Don’t miss the new Gallup Presidential Approval Center on Gallup.com. This brand new tool allows you to slice, dice, and parse presidential approval in all kinds of fascinating and important ways.

The Presidential Approval Center uses Gallup data for all presidents back through President Harry Truman.
  • What was the lowest Gallup presidential approval rating in history? The answer is right there in the Center (22%, Harry Truman).
  • What was the highest job approval rating in history? The answer is there (90%, George W. Bush).
  • Which president had the lowest average job approval rating for his entire time in office? The answer is there (Truman, by a hair over James Carter).
  • Which president had the highest average job approval rating for his entire time in office? (You will have to go find that one yourself).
Most importantly, the Center allows the interested reader to compare and contrast job approval across presidents based on exactly the same time period of days in office. As an example (as Politico’s Ben Smith has already figured out), this allows one to note how similar the trajectory of Obama’s job approval is to that of President Ronald Reagan for their first year and two months of their terms in office.

Similarly, one can figure out just how similar the approval trends are for Reagan and Bill Clinton. Or answer the question: how is Obama doing at this point in his first term compared to the average president since Truman at this point in his first term?

And, since Gallup has conducted almost 200,000 interviews in which Obama’s job approval has been measured since January 2009, one can have a field day looking at the weekly trends in Obama's approval within a number of important demographic, political, and ideological subgroups.

Check it out. It’s the definitive way to look at this key metric of today’s political landscape. We will be updating the Presidential Approval Center continually as new data on the current president come in.

3 comments:

CrisisMaven said...
March 14, 2010 at 8:41 PM  

Obama will possibly be the president to celebrate the United States' demise and bankruptcy - not without the help of (almost) all his predecessors, but the stigma of having "done more of the same" instead of at least trying to stem the tide will tarnish his reputation for the rest of history. The populace is slowly beginning to get an inkling of it. Later in the year, when the adustable rate mortgage tsunami breaks loose disapproval may become an avalanche ...

Anonymous said...
March 23, 2010 at 2:18 AM  

MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA....I AM SCARED TO DEATH WHERE OBAMA AND THE LEGISLATURE IS TAKING US.
OUR VOICES ARE NO LONGER HEARD IN WASHINGTON AND IT IS MY PRAYER THAT BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE THEY OPEN THEIR HEARTS AND EARS TO WHAT WE HAVE TO SAY..SURPRISINGLY MANY OF US HAVE VERY GOOD IDEAS. WE ARE NOT A STUPID PEOPLE...WHICH IS THE WAY PELOSI, REID, AND OBAMA SEEM TO PERCEIVE US.
I AM MOST WORRIED ABOUT THE FUTURE FOR MY CHILDREN AND THEIR CHILDREN.
AFTER ALL, IT IS OBVIOUS TO US SENIORS THAT WE ARE ONLY A BOTHER AND NOT TO BE GIVEN ANY DIGNITY OR MORE IMPORTANTLY HEALTH CARE. WHEN VOTING TIME COMES AROUND I SUSPECT WE WILL MAKE OUR VOICES HEARD THEN.

Anonymous said...
March 26, 2010 at 7:17 AM  

WHEN VOTING TIME COMES AROUND I SUSPECT WE WILL MAKE OUR VOICES .... That would be a very good thing to do especially since we know who voted NO to the stimulus bill, we know who voted uncooperatively NO the the health care reform, and then during this time of economic difficulty who voted NO to a jobs creation bill which wiser heads
outvoted 70-28. Those 28 republican senators said NO to a bill aimed at helping create more jobs during this period of significant unemployment. If there was ever a time when somebody needed to be sent home to their own un-employment line it would be this 28 who in an act of total silliness could not bring themselves to support a Democratic effort to get this country back up and running smoothly. Just saying NO is not the solution to our situation and americans need to make their voices heard loud and clear in November.

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