Wednesday, January 18, 2017

President Obama's Favorability Hits 63 Percent, His Highest Rating Since 2009 (POLL)

President Barack Obama will leave office with his highest approval rating since 2009, his presidency largely viewed as a success, and a majority saying they will miss him when he is gone.

In a new CNN/ORC poll Obama's favorability rating stands at 63 percent, among the best for recent presidents and his highest since summer 2009.

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For a point of reverence George W. Bush left office with a final approval rating of just 22 percent.

The poll finds Obama's approval rating as compared with other outgoing presidents lands near the top of the list, outranked only by Bill Clinton's 66 percent in January 2001 and Ronald Reagan's 64 percent in January 1989.

65 percent of those polled say Obama's presidency was a success, including about half 49 percent who say that was due to Obama's personal strengths rather than circumstances outside his control.

25 percent of Americans say Obama is one of the nation's greatest presidents, far outpacing the share who felt that way about other recent presidents at the end of their terms - 11 percent described Reagan that way, 10 percent Clinton, and 5 percent or fewer said so about either President Bush.

Still, 23 percent call Obama a poor president, more than said so about Reagan, Clinton but better that the 46 percent of George W. Bush.

That assessment of Obama's presidency, as well as his approval ratings, are marked by sharp partisan divides as he has earned a  95 percent approval rating among Democrats only 18 percent of Republicans say they approve of how he handled the presidency.

That gap explains the difference between Obama's approval rating and those of the two former presidents who left office with higher marks.

Americans also give the President positive ratings for handling several major issues that were central to his first run for office: the economy, foreign affairs and race relations, education, policies toward gays and lesbians, environmental policy and climate change.

The President however earned failing marks on his work on gun policy and his handling of ISIS, which rose to prominence during his time in office.

The President received mixed reviews on his handling of two top domestic issues - illegal immigration and health care policy - and two national security concerns - terrorism and cybersecurity.

Obama's time comes to an end with 50 percent saying things in the country are generally going well which is a sharp increase compared with the start of Obama's time in office in early 2009 when just 21 percent said things in the country were heading the right way.

Similarly, there's been a sharp turnaround in impressions of the economy under Obama as 57 percent say economic conditions are good, compared with 13 percent in January 2009.

In addition, First Lady Michelle Obama, scored a 69 percent favorability rating, her highest mark since 2012, matching her favorability rating in January 2009.

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