United States presidential approval rating

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Approval ratings of Barack Obama by state in 2015. Approval of the president was highest in Hawaii, at 58 percent, and lowest in West Virginia, at 24 percent.
  >50%
  40–49%
  30–39%
  <30%

In the United States, presidential job approval ratings were introduced by George Gallup in the late 1930s (probably 1937) to gauge public support for the President of the United States during his term. An approval rating is a percentage determined by a polling which indicates the percentage of respondents to an opinion poll who approve of a particular person or program. Typically, an approval rating is given to a political figure based on responses to a poll in which a sample of people are asked whether they approve or disapprove of that particular political figure. A typical question might ask:

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president?"[1]

Like most surveys that predict public opinion, the approval rating is subjective. Many unscientific approval rating systems exist that skew popular opinion. However, the approval rating is generally accepted as a statistically valid indicator of the comparative changes in the popular United States mood regarding a president.

President Donald Trump[edit]

Most recent polls for President Donald Trump:[2]

Polling group Date Approval Disapproval Unsure Net +/- Sample size Population
Gallup Poll[a][3] April 22-24, 2017 40% 55% 5% -15% ≈1,500 All Adults[4]
Rasmussen Reports[b][5] April 20-24, 2017 47% 53% 0% +2% ≈1,500 Likely Voters[4]
ABC News/Washington Post[c][6] April 17-20, 2017 42% 53% 5% -11% 1,004 All Adults[4]
NBC News/Wall Street Journal[d][7] April 17-20, 2017 40% 54% 6% -14% 900 All Adults[4]
Public Policy Polling[8] April 17-18, 2017 43% 50% 7% -7% 648 Registered Voters[4]
YouGov (for The Huffington Post)[9] April 17-18, 2017 41% 48% 11% -7% 1,000 All Adults[4]
Quinnipiac University[10] April 12-18, 2017 40% 56% 4% -16% 1,062 Registered Voters[4]
Marist College[11] April 11-12, 2017 39% 49% 12% -10% 869 Registered Voters[4]
Pew Research Center[12] April 5-11, 2017 39% 54% 6% -15% 1,501 All Adults[4]
CBS News[e][13] April 7-9, 2017 43% 49% 8% -6% 1,006 All Adults[4]

President Barack Obama[edit]

Last polls for President Barack Obama:[14][15][16][17]

Polling group Date Approval Disapproval Unsure Sample size
Gallup Poll[f] January 17–19, 2017 59% 37% 4% ≈1,500
Rasmussen Reports[g] January 15–17, 2017 62% 38% 0% ≈1,500
Fox News[h] January 15–17, 2017 57% 39% 7% 1,006
ABC News/The Washington Post January 12–15, 2017 60% 38% 2% 1,005
CNN/ORC January 12–15, 2017 60% 39% 1% 1,000
Monmouth University January 12–15, 2017 58% 38% 6% 801
NBC/The Wall Street Journal[i] January 12–15, 2017 56% 40% 4% 1,000
Quinnipiac University January 5–9, 2017 55% 39% 5% 899
Pew Research Center January 4–9, 2017 55% 40% 5% 1,502
CBS News December 9–13, 2016 56% 36% 8% 1,259
Bloomberg Politics[j] December 2–5, 2016 54% 42% 4% 999

Historical comparison[edit]

Historical Gallup Poll approval highs and lows for each president since 1937:[18][19][20][k]

Order President Highest Approval Lowest Approval High –
Low
Highest Disapproval Highest Margin Lowest Margin Last poll Approval
Average[18]
Polls
per year
45[21] Trump 46 (01/24/17) 35 (03/28/17) 11 59 (03/28/17) 1 (01/24/17) −24 (03/28/17) 41.2
44[22][23] Obama 69 (01/24/09) 38 (09/05/14) [l] 31 57 (10/10/14) 56 (01/23-24/09) −18 (10/10/14) 59 (01/19/17) 47.9 348.4
43[24] Bush (G.W.) 90 (9/21/01) 25 (10/05/08, 10/12/08, 11/02/08) 65 71 (10/10/08) 83 (09/22/01) −46 (10/12/08) 34 (01/11/09) 49.4 33.7
42[25] Clinton 73 (12/19/98) 37 (06/06/93) 36 54 (09/07/94) 45 (12/17/00) −14 (09/07/94) 66 (01/14/01) 55.1 28.5
41[26] Bush (G.H.W.) 89 (02/28/91) 29 (08/02/92, 10/13/92) 60 60 (07/31/92) 82 (03/03/91) −30 (08/02/92, 10/13/92) 56 (01/11/93) 60.9 39.5
40[27] Reagan 71 (01/30/86) 35 (01/31/83) 36 56 (01/28/83) 52 (01/30/86) −21(01/31/83) 63 (12/29/88) 52.8 37.0
39[28] Carter 74 (03/15/77) 28 (06/26/79, 10/02/79) 46 59 (06/26/79) 66 (03/15/77) −31 (06/26/79) 34 (12/08/80) 45.5 22.7
38[29] Ford 70 (08/13/74) 36 (03/25/75) 34 46 (04/15/75, 11/18/75) 26 (08/13/74) −7 (02/25/75, 03/25/75, 04/15/75) 53 (12/13/76) 47.2 14.7
37[30] Nixon 66 (01/23/73) 22 (01/02/74) 44 66 (08/05/74) 57 (03/17/69) −42 (08/05/74) 24 (08/05/74) 49.1 17.7
36[31] Johnson 79 (03/05/64) 34 (08/12/68) 45 52 (08/12/68) 75 (12/10/63) −18 (08/12/68) 49 (01/06/69) 55.1 15.3
35[32] Kennedy 83 (03/05/62) 56 (09/10/63) 27 30 (09/12/63, 11/08/63) 78 (03/05/62) 27 (09/10/63) 58 (11/13/63) 70.1 13.7
34[33] Eisenhower 77 (11/22/55, 12/19/56) 47 (03/25/58) 30 36 (03/25/58) 66 (04/02/53, 12/19/56) 12 (03/25/58) 59 (12/13/60) 65.0 14.4
33[34] Truman 91 (08/22/45) 22 (11/16/51, 02/14/52, ) 65 67 (01/06/52) 89 (08/22/45) −43 (01/04/52) 32 (12/16/52) 45.4 8.4
32[35] Franklin D. Roosevelt 83 (01/08/42) 48 (08/18/39) 35 46 (05/22/38, 05/29/38, 11/07/38) 73 (01/23/42) 65 (12/15/43) 63

Graphs[edit]

Gallup Poll graphs of approval ratings for Presidents of the United States:

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Rolling 3-day average.
  2. ^ Rolling 3-day average of 500 likely voters each day; no neutral/unsure choice
  3. ^ Conducted by Langer Research Associates
  4. ^ Conducted by Hart Research Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R)
  5. ^ Conducted by SSRS of Media, PA
  6. ^ Rolling 3-day average.
  7. ^ Rolling 3-day average of 500 likely voters each day.
  8. ^ Conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R).
  9. ^ Conducted by the polling organizations of Peter D. Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R).
  10. ^ Conducted by Selzer and Co.
  11. ^ Only the results of Gallup polls are included, as no other poll results exist for presidents before President Clinton.
  12. ^ Last of eight, sometimes overlapping 3-day averages

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Presidential Approval Ratings – Donald Trump". gallup.com. Retrieved February 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Trump - Polling Report". Retrieved January 27, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Gallup Daily: Trump Job Approval". Retrieved March 29, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Obama Approval: Comparing the Numbers". Rasmussen Reports. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll". Retrieved March 24, 2017. 
  6. ^ "President Trump at 100 Days: No Honeymoon, but No Regrets" (PDF). Washington Post. April 23, 2017. 
  7. ^ "NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey" (PDF). Retrieved April 25, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Democrats Have Big Enthusiasm Edge for 2018" (PDF). Public Policy Polling. 
  9. ^ "Trump Job Approval" (PDF). Retrieved April 21, 2017. 
  10. ^ "U.S. Voters Support Syria Bombing 2-1, Lifting Trump; Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Voters Divided On Trump's Handling Of North Korea". Quinnipiac University. April 19, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Marist Poll of 1,069 National Adults" (PDF). Marist College. April 14, 2017. 
  12. ^ "April 2017 Political Survey" (PDF). Pew Research Center. April 17, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Syria Poll - Am". CBS News. April 10, 2017. Retrieved April 10, 2017. 
  14. ^ "President Obama: Job Ratings at PollingReport.com". Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Gallup Daily: Obama Job Approval". Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Daily Presidential Tracking Poll". Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  17. ^ "At close of his administration, Obama's approval among his best in years". Pew Research Center. January 19, 2017. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  18. ^ a b "Presidential Approval Ratings – Gallup Historical Statistics and Trends". Gallup.com. Retrieved August 16, 2011. 
  19. ^ Lydia Saad (March 29, 2017). "Trump's Approval Rating Unusually Low, Unusually Early". Gallup. Retrieved April 1, 2017. 
  20. ^ The American Presidency Project at UC Santa Barbara
  21. ^ Inc., Gallup,. "Gallup Daily: Trump Job Approval". Gallup.com. Retrieved 2017-01-27. 
  22. ^ Graphical display and numbers of Gallup "daily tracking" polls
  23. ^ "Presidential Approval Ratings -- Barack Obama". 
  24. ^ "Gallup.com". Gallup.com. Retrieved August 16, 2011. 
  25. ^ Inc., Gallup,. "Presidential Approval Ratings -- Bill Clinton". gallup.com. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
  26. ^ Presidential Job Approval for George Bush at the American Presidency Project.
  27. ^ Presidential Job Approval for Ronald Reagan at the American Presidency Project.
  28. ^ Presidential Job Approval for Jimmy Carter at the American Presidency Project.
  29. ^ Presidential Job Approval for Gerald Ford at the American Presidency Project.
  30. ^ Presidential Job Approval for Richard Nixon at the American Presidency Project.
  31. ^ Presidential Job Approval for Lyndon B. Johnson at the American Presidency Project.
  32. ^ Presidential Job Approval for John F. Kennedy at the American Presidency Project.
  33. ^ Presidential Job Approval for Dwight Eisenhower at the American Presidency Project.
  34. ^ Presidential Job Approval for Harry Truman at the American Presidency Project.
  35. ^ Presidential Job Approval for Franklin D. Roosevelt at the American Presidency Project.

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