Obama Ahead of George Bush In Approval Rating Match-Up

| by Ethan Brown

In a match-up of their respective seventh years as president, President Barack Obama leads former President George W. Bush by eight points, according to polls by Gallup.

During Bush’s seventh full year in the White House in 2007, he “never saw his approval rating rise above 38 percent, and, for the first three months of that year, received an average Gallup approval rating of 34.75 percent,” according to Bloomberg News.

While Bush hovered in the low to mid-30 percent range during the first three months of 2007, Obama has remained steady in the mid to high 40 percent range. 

Obama has seen his approval rating go up and down numerous times, but it has always remained relatively stable.  On the other hand, Bush’s approval rating only declined during his last two tumultuous years in office, specifically during the economic crisis.

However, Obama’s ratings have seen some worrisome lows. 

Just a week before the 2014 midterm elections, where Republicans won back the majority in the U.S. Senate and increased their majority in the House to historic margins, Obama’s approval rating fell to 29 percent, only five points higher than Bush had right before Democrats swept the 2006 midterm elections.

While Obama’s overall ratings have remained decent, his ratings on specific topics have gone down considerably over the years, specifically with foreign policy.

Sources: Bloomberg News, The Washington Post, Gallup / Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Steve Jurvetson