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12/13: President Barack Obama Leaves Office With 55% Approval Rating

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12/13: President Barack Obama Leaves Office With 55% Approval Rating

In this final McClatchy-Marist Poll before President Barack Obama leaves office, a majority of registered voters nationally, 55%, approve of President Obama’s job performance.  This is up from 51% in November.  This is President Obama’s highest job approval rating since August 2009 when the same proportion, 55%, gave the president their stamp of approval.  President Obama achieved his highest job approval rating, 56%, when the McClatchy-Marist Poll first measured it in April 2009 and, again, in June of that same year.  Currently, 42% of registered voters disapprove of how the president is doing his job, and 3% are unsure.

“For all the partisanship and bitter battles during the last eight years, President Obama is receiving strong send-off numbers,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.

Not surprisingly, 92% of Democrats think well of President Obama’s job performance.  53% of independents agree.  While 79% of Republicans disapprove, a notable 15% of the GOP approve of how the president is doing in office.

Despite President Obama’s solid job approval rating, only 40% of Americans think history will remember President Obama in the highest regard.  This includes 16% who say the president will be remembered as one of the nation’s best presidents and 24% who believe he will be thought of as an above average president.  28% assert that Obama will be considered an average president, and 31% think he will be thought of as either a below average leader, 14%, or one of the worst presidents in U.S. history, 17%.  One percent is unsure.

The partisan polarization that dogged President Obama’s tenure in office is reflected here as well.  73% of Democrats believe Barack Obama will be remembered as either one of the best presidents, 33%, or as above average, 40%.  In contrast, 69% of Republicans describe his presidency as subpar with 28% stating it was below average and another 41% reporting it was one of the worst.

61% of African Americans recount Obama’s presidency as highly successful.  This includes 30% who say it is above average and 31% who describe it as one of the best.  57% of Latino Americans agree.

Complete December 13, 2016 McClatchy-Marist Poll Release of the United States

Complete December 13, 2016 McClatchy-Marist Poll Tables of the United States

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  2. Walt

    December 14, 2016 at 8:26 am

    I just read your poll on Barack Obama’s effectiveness in office. Rather than being an indication of what he has accomplished in office it indicates the political views of the poll sample. If you want a “more” true evaluation of what history will say about him as president try this. Poll 20 economists and 20 political analysts in 15 democratic nations and 15 communist countries.

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