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By Charles Apple
The Spokesman-Review

The most powerful person in the world? Never mind that. All too often, the man in the Oval Office seems at the mercy of approval ratings. Here’s a look at 75 years of presidential job approval ratings as measured by Gallup Inc.


HARRY TRUMAN

Days in office:
2,840

Average approval rating:
45%


DWIGHT EISENHOWER

Days in office:
2,922

Average approval rating:
65%


JOHN F. KENNEDY

Days in office:
1,036

Average approval rating:
70%

LYNDON B. JOHNSON

Days in office:
1,886

Average approval rating:
55%


RICHARD NIXON

Days in office:
2,027

Average approval rating:
49%

GERALD FORD

Days in office:
895

Average approval rating:
47%


JIMMY CARTER

Days in office:
1,461

Average approval rating:
46%


RONALD REAGAN

Days in office:
2,922

Average approval rating:
53%


GEORGE H.W. BUSH

Days in office:
1,461

Average approval rating:
61%


BILL CLINTON

Days in office:
2,922

Average approval rating:
55%


GEORGE W. BUSH

Days in office:
2,922

Average approval rating:
49%


BARACK OBAMA

Days in office:
2,922

Average approval rating:
48%


DONALD TRUMP

Days in office:
1,245 (As of June 12, 2020)

Average approval rating:
40%


Sources: Gallup Inc., “The American President” by Kathryn Moore, “Presidents: All You Need to Know” by Carter Smith