Job approval ratings for incumbent U.S. presidents seeking re-election from 1964 to 2012

Job approval ratings for incumbent U.S. presidents seeking re-election from 1964-2012 This survey shows the Job approval ratings of incumbent U.S. presidents seeking re-election from 1964 to 2012. In January 2012, 44 percent of respondents said they would approve of U.S. President Barack Obama. During the month before election on November 6, Barack Obama's approval rating increased to 50 percent.
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JanuaryMarchJuneOctober
1964: Lyndon Johnson77%77%74%-
1972: Richard Nixon49%56%59%-
1976: Gerald Ford56%43%32%-
1980: Jimmy Carter56%43%32%50%
1984: Ronald Reagan52%54%55%58%
1992: George H.W. Bush46%41%37%33%
1996: Bill Clinton42%54%58%58%
2004: George W. Bush60%49%49%50%
2012: Barack Obama44%46%46%50%
JanuaryMarchJuneOctober
1964: Lyndon Johnson77%77%74%-
1972: Richard Nixon49%56%59%-
1976: Gerald Ford56%43%32%-
1980: Jimmy Carter56%43%32%50%
1984: Ronald Reagan52%54%55%58%
1992: George H.W. Bush46%41%37%33%
1996: Bill Clinton42%54%58%58%
2004: George W. Bush60%49%49%50%
2012: Barack Obama44%46%46%50%
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This survey shows the Job approval ratings of incumbent U.S. presidents seeking re-election from 1964 to 2012. In January 2012, 44 percent of respondents said they would approve of U.S. President Barack Obama. During the month before election on November 6, Barack Obama's approval rating increased to 50 percent.
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Release date
November 2012
Region
United States
Survey time period
1964 to 2012
Number of respondents
about 1,500 per poll
Age group
18 years and older
Method of interview
Telephone interview
Supplementary notes
Approval ratings are first for each month.
Data on Barack Obama's job approval rating can be found here.

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