President Obama begins his second term with a job approval rating higher than it was for much of the last two years but still well below that of most other presidents who have won reelection.
A new Pew Research Center opinion survey, released Thursday, found that 52% of the public approves of the job Obama is doing. A little over a year ago, his approval rating had fallen to a low point of 44%, the independent polling outfit noted.
But Obama’s rating still lags when compared with all but one of the last seven presidents who won another term.
Bill Clinton, the last reelected Democrat, launched his second term with a 59% approval rating. He concluded it at 61%, despite having been impeached along the way.
Ronald Reagan was at 62% when he took the oath of office for the second time in 1985. He wound up at 63%, and that was after getting dragged down by the Iran-Contra scandal in his second term.
Since World War II, the only president who started his second term with an approval rating lower than Obama’s is George W. Bush, whose rating stood at 50% in January 2005.