Presidents Typically Less Popular in Second Term

On the eve of a new term, President Barack Obama’s approval rating currently stands at 56% in the latest three-day Gallup Daily tracking average — seven percentage points higher than the average of his monthly approval ratings (49%) for the first 48 months of his administration, between January 2009 and December 2012.

Despite this popularity boost, if Obama’s second-term average approval rating eclipses his first-term average, it would buck the historical trend — only two out of seven post-World War II presidents have had higher approval ratings in their second than in their first term. [cont.]

Andrew Dugan, Gallup