January 10, 2017

Presidential approval by party, from Eisenhower to Obama


Average % approving of president’s job performance during each administration

Democrats

Republicans

Average approval among own party

Average approval among other party

Obama

G.W. Bush

Clinton

Bush

Reagan

Carter

Ford

Nixon

Johnson

Kennedy

Eisenhower

 

14

81

23

81

27

80

44

82

31

83

30

57

36

67

34

75

40

70

49

84

49

88

0

50

100

Notes: Data from Eisenhower through George H.W. Bush from Gallup. Because some earlier data did not include partisan leaning, Republicans and Democrats in this graphic do not include leaners.
Source: Survey conducted Nov. 30-Dec. 5, 2016.

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% approving of president’s job performance, by party

Eisenhower

JFK

Nixon

Carter

Reagan

GHW Bush

Clinton

GW Bush

Obama

Johnson

Ford

Average approval among own party:

100

88

84

70

75

67

57

83

82

80

81

81

Republicans

75

Democrats

50

25

Average
approval
among other
party:

49

49

40

34

36

30

31

44

27

23

14

0

1953

1960

1960

1970

1970

1980

1980

1990

1990

2000

2000

2010

2010

2016

Notes: Data from Eisenhower through George H.W. Bush from Gallup. Because some earlier data did not include partisan leaning, Republicans and Democrats in this graphic do not include leaners.
Source: Survey conducted Nov. 30-Dec. 5, 2016.

PEW RESEARCH CENTER

% approving of president’s job performance, by party

Eisenhower

Kennedy

Nixon

Carter

Reagan

GHW Bush

Clinton

GW Bush

Obama

Johnson

Ford

Average approval
among own
party:

100

88

84

70

75

67

57

83

82

80

81

81

Republicans

75

Democrats

50

25

Average
approval
among other
party:

49

49

40

34

36

30

31

44

27

23

14

0

1953

1960

1970

1980

1990

2000

2010

2016

Notes: Data from Eisenhower through George H.W. Bush from Gallup. Because some earlier data did not include partisan leaning, Republicans and Democrats in this graphic do not include leaners.
Source: Survey conducted Nov. 30-Dec. 5, 2016.

PEW RESEARCH CENTER