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.
Just saying Obama has the highest approval rating of any outgoing President in history demonstrates how falsified the polls really are‼️— John T Dolan (@JohnTDolan) January 17, 2017
But critics accused the polls of being rigged.
The same people who did the phony election polls, and were so wrong, are now doing approval rating polls. They are rigged just like before.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 17, 2017
Trump himself said as much when polls showed a low favorability rating.