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Presidential Approval Ratings -- Gallup Historical Statistics and Trends

Gallup Historical Presidential Job Approval Statistics

Overall Averages

President

Dates in office

Average
approval rating

%

Harry Truman

April 1945-January 1953

45.4

Dwight Eisenhower

January 1953-January 1961

65.0

John Kennedy

January 1961-November 1963

70.1

Lyndon Johnson

November 1963-January 1969

55.1

Richard Nixon

January 1969-August 1974

49.0

Gerald Ford

August 1974-January 1977

47.2

Jimmy Carter

January 1977-January 1981

45.5

Ronald Reagan

January 1981-January 1989

52.8

George H.W. Bush

January 1989-January 1993

60.9

Bill Clinton

January 1993-January 2001

55.1

George W. Bush

January 2001-January 2009

49.4

First-Term Averages

President

Dates of first term

Average
approval rating

%

Harry Truman

April 1945-January 1949

55.6

Dwight Eisenhower

January 1953-January 1957

69.6

John Kennedy

January 1961-November 1963

70.1

Lyndon Johnson

November 1963-January 1965

74.2

Richard Nixon

January 1969-January 1973

55.8

Gerald Ford

August 1974-January 1977

47.2

Jimmy Carter

January 1977-January 1981

45.5

Ronald Reagan

January 1981-January 1985

50.3

George H.W. Bush

January 1989-January 1993

60.9

Bill Clinton

January 1993-January 1997

49.6

George W. Bush

January 2001-January 2005

62.2

Second-Term Averages

President

Dates of second term

Average
approval rating

%

Harry Truman

January 1949-January 1953

36.5

Dwight Eisenhower

January 1957-January 1961

60.5

Lyndon Johnson

January 1965-January 1969

50.3

Richard Nixon

January 1973-August 1974

34.4

Ronald Reagan

January 1985-January 1989

55.3

Bill Clinton

January 1997-January 2001

60.6

George W. Bush

January 2005-January 2009

36.5

Job Approval Highs

President

Date(s)

High
approval rating

%

Harry Truman

June 1945

87

Dwight Eisenhower

December 1956

79

John Kennedy

April 1961

83

Lyndon Johnson

February 1964

79

Richard Nixon

November 1969 and

67

January 1973

Gerald Ford

August 1974

71

Jimmy Carter

March 1977

75

Ronald Reagan

May 1981 and May 1986

68

George H.W. Bush

February 1991

89

Bill Clinton

December 1998

73

George W. Bush

September 2001

90

Job Approval Lows

President

Date(s)

Low
approval rating

%

Harry Truman

February 1952

22

Dwight Eisenhower

March 1958

48

John Kennedy

September 1963

56

Lyndon Johnson

August 1968

35

Richard Nixon

July 1974 and August 1974

24

Gerald Ford

January 1975 and March 1975

37

Jimmy Carter

June 1979

28

Ronald Reagan

January 1983

35

George H.W. Bush

July 1992

29

Bill Clinton

June 1993

37

George W. Bush

October 2008

25

Gallup Historical Presidential Job Approval Trends,
From Harry Truman to George H.W. Bush

Harry S. Truman's Job Approval Ratings Trend

Dwight D. Eisenhower's Job Approval Ratings Trend

John F. Kennedy's Job Approval Ratings Trend

Lyndon B. Johnson's Job Approval Ratings Trend

Richard Nixon's Job Approval Ratings Trend

Gerald R. Ford's Job Approval Ratings Trend

Jimmy Carter's Job Approval Ratings Trend

Ronald Reagan's Job Approval Ratings Trend

George H.W. Bush's Job Approval Ratings Trend

Bill Clinton's Job Approval Ratings Trend

George W. Bush's Job Approval Ratings Trend

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