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.