Can We Stop Saying That Barack Obama Is Especially Popular?

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on May 2, 2009

ObamaBecause the claim just does not hold water:

President Obama is just average.

At least by the standard of approval ratings.

Though Obama’s job approval score is strong and has been since he took office, historical polling data shows Obama’s popularity during his first 100 days is right in the middle of the scores other new presidents received from the public over the past 60 years.

Obama’s 63 percent average, according to a study released by Gallup last month, is the highest for a new president since Jimmy Carter (he clocked in at 69 percent during his first 100 days).

But John F. Kennedy bested Obama by more than 10 points, with 74 percent. Dwight Eisenhower enjoyed a 71 percent rating early on.

Even Richard Nixon averaged a 62 percent approval rating, just 1 point shy of Obama’s.

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