Poll: Obama's first retrospective job approval rating Is 63%

Barack Obama’s legacy appears to be on the right track, as 63% of Americans in hindsight say they approve of the way he handled his job. Gallup’s first measure of Obama’s retrospective job approval rating places him behind only John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan among the 10 most recent presidents. Richard Nixon is rated worst today for how he handled his job, with 28% approving…

Americans’ retrospective approval rating of Obama is essentially the same as those for George H.W. Bush (64%) and Bill Clinton (62%). Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter have ratings in the mid- to upper 50s, but fewer Americans have opinions of those presidents, who served from 1974-1977 and 1977-1981, respectively — accounting for some of the differences between them and more recent presidents.

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