Republicans view Reagan, Trump as best recent presidents
Among U.S. adults overall, 35% say Obama has done the best job over the past 40 years, followed by Reagan (23%), Trump (17%) and Clinton (12%).
Under Trump, the federal prison population continued its recent decline
The number of federal prisoners sentenced to more than a year behind bars decreased by 5% between 2017 and the end of 2019.
Trump used his clemency power sparingly despite a raft of late pardons and commutations
Only two other presidents since 1900 – George W. and George H.W. Bush – granted fewer acts of clemency than Trump.
How Trump compares with other recent presidents in appointing federal judges
Donald Trump leaves the White House having appointed nearly as many appeals court judges in four years as Barack Obama appointed in eight.
About a third in U.S. see God's hand in presidential elections, but fewer say God picks winners based on policies
Few United States adults – just 5% – say God chose Donald Trump to be president because God approves of his policies.
Views of Nation’s Economy Remain Positive, Sharply Divided by Partisanship
These views are more upbeat than at any point in the past two decades. More Americans say Trump’s policies have made the economy better than worse.
Trump has appointed a larger share of female judges than other GOP presidents, but lags Obama
Women account for 28% of the 67 judges Trump has appointed to the federal courts since taking office, well below the share appointed by Barack Obama but higher than the share appointed by any other Republican president. Seven of the 67 judges (10%) are racial or ethnic minorities.
Obama Tops Public’s List of Best President in Their Lifetime, Followed by Clinton, Reagan
When asked which president has done the best job in their lifetimes, more Americans name Barack Obama than any other president.
Support for 2010 health care law reaches new high
As congressional Republicans weigh options to replace the Affordable Care Act, support for the 2010 health care law has reached its highest level on record.
Obama issued fewer executive orders on average than any president since Cleveland
Obama has issued 35 executive orders per year in office, slightly fewer than the 36 per year in office that George W. Bush issued and the lowest average in 120 years.
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