Two in three American give thumbs up to Obama

January 25th, 2009 - 10:35 am ICT by IANS  

Barack ObamaWashington, Jan 25 (IANS) Two in three Americans approve the way President Barack Obama is doing his job in his first days in office - better than George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, but a tad shy of John F. Kennedy.A Gallup Organization released Saturday found 68 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s performance as the nation’s chief executive since being sworn in Tuesday.

That’s a number near the high end for new presidents, but short of Kennedy’s 72 percent in 1961. It’s much higher than fellow Democrat Bill Clinton’s 58 percent in 1993 and Republican George W. Bush’s 57 percent in 2001.

The poll also found that 12 percent in the survey disapprove of Obama’s job performance, a typical number all presidents face after an election.

Among presidents elected to their first term, Kennedy had the highest initial job approval rating, 72 percent, in Gallup polling three weeks after his inauguration.

Next were Dwight Eisenhower with 68 percent approval and Jimmy Carter with 66 percent. Every other president elected to a first term since Eisenhower started office with at least majority job approval: Richard Nixon’s 59 percent; Ronald Reagan’s and George H.W. Bush’s 51 percent.

Compared with his immediate predecessors, Obama faces fewer Americans who disapprove of his performance. Clinton faced 20 percent disapproval after taking office in 1993, and George W. Bush faced 25 percent disapproval after the Supreme Court delivered him the presidency in 2000.

Gallup finds approval ratings improved after about 100 days in office for all recent elected presidents - except Carter and Clinton - as Americans became more familiar with their work.

Gallup conducted telephone interviews of 1,591 adults Wednesday to Friday, which cover his first three days in office. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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