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.

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

JanuaryMarchJuneOctober
2012: Barack Obama44%46%46%50%
2004: George W. Bush60%49%49%50%
1996: Bill Clinton42%54%58%58%
1992: George H.W. Bush46%41%37%33%
1984: Ronald Reagan52%54%55%58%
1980: Jimmy Carter56%43%32%50%
1976: Gerald Ford56%43%32%-
1972: Richard Nixon49%56%59%-
1964: Lyndon Johnson77%77%74%-
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Source

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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