Clinton Left Office More Popular Than Reagan
While doing some fact-checking on a previous post about President Bush's plummeting poll numbers, I came across some interesting numbers on end-of-presidency approval ratings.
Courtesy of The Washington Post and ABC News, here's how the final approval ratings of every president since Franklin D. Roosevelt looked:
- Franklin D. Roosevelt 66 percent
- Harry S. Truman 31 percent
- Dwight Eisenhower 59 percent
- John F. Kennedy 63 percent
- Lyndon Johnson 49 percent
- Richard Nixon 24 percent
- Gerald Ford 53 percent
- Jimmy Carter 34 percent
- Ronald Reagan 64 percent
- George Bush 56 percent
- Bill Clinton 65 percent
Given how Republicans continually try to convince us that the peace, worldwide respect and booming economy of the Clinton years were a terrible thing to behold, it must bug the hell out of them that the man they love to hate so much left office as such a popular figure.
This must also make Ken “Don Quixote” Starr feel that his whole life has been wasted.