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Obama will leave office with the third-highest approval rating of all time

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President Obama's approval rating as he leaves the White House hit 60 percent, the highest it has been since June of his first year in office. 

A new CNN/ORC poll puts Obama's final approval rating third-highest all time, behind Bill Clinton's 66 percent and Ronald Reagan's 64 percent. For comparison, 46 percent of those surveyed said George W. Bush was a poor president, while just 23 percent said that of Obama. 

By the numbers

  • 65 percent said Obama's presidency was a success
  • 54 percent of Republicans said he was a poor president
  • 54 percent of Democrats said he was one of the greatest presidents
  • The country is split 50-50 on whether things are going well or poorly as a whole in the U.S.
  • His favorability rating is 63 percent, while First Lady Michelle Obama's is 69 percent

Obama's final press conference as president is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. Eastern time.

But critics accused the polls of being rigged.

Trump himself said as much when polls showed a low favorability rating.

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