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President Barack Obama speaks at McCormick Place in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, giving his presidential farewell address. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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


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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