The Most and Least Popular Presidents of Modern History

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Gallup has just released a survey of the most popular presidents in the last 50 years. The poll, which was conducted by Gallup on November 19-21, asked participants to identify what they approved and disapproved of the last 9 presidents.

Of the nine presidents on the survey, John F. Kennedy was voted the most popular president in modern history. Kennedy has been at the top of the list since Gallup started taking the poll in 1990. And just how Kennedy has been consistently at the top, President Richard Nixon has almost always been on the bottom.

Here is the list of the most, and least, popular presidents in Modern History.

least popular presidents

President Jimmy Carter saw a nine point drop this year, while Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon Johnson all saw an 8 point increase. This is the first time that President George W. Bush has been on the list since he left office. Bush left office with an approval rating of 34$, so his 47% approval rating, despite being the second lowest score on the list, is actually a big improvement for the former president.

Most presidents approval ratings go up after they leave office.

approval ratings

President Obama isn’t on the list, but his approval rating has been hovering around 45% according to Gallup. That would place President Obama between George W. Bush and President Nixon at the bottom of the most popular presidents in modern history list.

[Source: Gallup]

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