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Gallup: Obama Leaves Office With 58 Percent Favorability

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By    |   Monday, 16 Jan 2017 06:43 PM

President Barack Obama is leaving eight years in the White House with a 58 percent favorability rating, according to the latest Gallup poll.

That number, along with his 61 percent and 62 percent ratings shortly after the November election of Republican Donald Trump represent his highest popularity since his honeymoon period following his election in 2008, Gallup noted.

Obama averaged a 53 percent favorability throughout his presidency, with a peak of 78 percent just ahead of his first inauguration. He hit a low of 42 percent after the 2014 midterm elections that saw Republicans make sweeping gains in the House and Senate as well as in statehouses and governorships across the country.

Here's how Obama compares to other outgoing presidents since Gallup first began measuring their popularity in 1992:

  • George W. Bush: 40 percent.
  • Bill Clinton: 57 percent.
  • George H.W. Bush: 62 percent.

First lady Michelle Obama leaves her role with the same 68 percent she had when she moved in. Vice President Joe Biden leaves with 61 percent favorability, his highest during his eight years in the role.

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