After 2 Years Obama’s Approval Rating Is Higher than Clinton and Reagan

The latest Gallup poll on President Obama's job approval rating contained an interesting nugget of information. After two years on the job, Barack Obama's approval rating is higher than that of two recent presidents who had big reelection victories, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan. One term Presidents George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, and post-9/11 president George W. Bush had higher ratings than Obama at the halfway mark.

Analysis: Obama Remains More Popular than Reagan

One of the dirty little secrets about presidents and approval ratings is that more often than not the numbers are governed by pocketbook politics. Both Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan inherited recessions early in their terms, and interestingly, Obama is has a higher approval rating that Reagan at the same point during their first terms. Obama is actually stronger than Reagan was right now.