Which President of the United States has gotten the highest approval rating?
Besides Obama, since he has not completed much of his term.
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Highest approval rating
George W. Bush holds the record with 90% (9/21-22/2001 -- after the September 11 attacks).
George H. W. Bush is second highest, with 89% (2/28/-3/3/1991 -- after the Persian Gulf War).
Harry S Truman is third highest, with 87% (6/1-5/1945 -- after V-E Day).
Franklin D. Roosevelt is fourth highest, with 84% (1/8-13/1942 -- after Pearl Harbor).
Lowest approval rating
Harry S Truman holds the record, at 22% (2/9-14/1952 -- during the Korean War).
Richard Nixon is second lowest, with 24% (7/12-15/1974, 8/2-5/1974 -- during Watergate).
George W. Bush is third lowest, at 25% (10/3-5/2008, 10/10-12/08, 10/31-11/2/08 -- during the Late 2000s recession).
Jimmy Carter is fourth lowest, with 28% (6/29-7/2/79 -- during the Iran hostage crisis and ensuing Operation Eagle Claw).
Lowest maximum approval rating during the president's time in office
Richard Nixon holds the record with 67% (1/26-29/1973).
Ronald Reagan is second lowest with 68% (5/8-11/1981).
Barack OBAMA is third lowest with 69% (1/22-24/09).
Bill CLINTON is fourth lowest with 73% (12/19-20/1998)
Highest minimum approval rating during the president's time in office
Barack Obama holds the record with 57% (6/21/2009) so far...
John F. Kennedy is second highest with 52% (9/12-17/1963)
Franklin D. Roosevelt is tied for third place with 48% (8/18-24/1939)
Dwight D. Eisenhower is tied for third place with 48% (3/27-4/1/1958)
Gerald Ford is fourth highest with 37% (3/28-31/1975)
Highest disapproval rating
George W. Bush holds the record with 71% (10/10-12/2008, 4% undecided).
Harry S Truman is second highest, with 69% (1/6-11/1952, 9% undecided).
Richard Nixon is third highest, with 66% (1/4-7/1974, 10% undecided).
George H.W. Bush is fourth highest, with 60% (7/31-8/2/92, 11% undecided).
Highest average approval rating
John F. Kennedy holds the record with 70.1%.
Franklin D. Roosevelt is the second highest with 66%.
Dwight D. Eisenhower is third highest, with 65%.
Barack Obama is fourth highest with 63%. so far...
Lowest average approval rating
Harry S. Truman holds the record with 45.4% (12/11-16/1952).
Jimmy Carter is second lowest at 45.5% (12/5-8/1980).
Gerald Ford is third lowest with 47.2% (12/5-8/1976).
Richard Nixon is fourth lowest with 49% (8/1974).
(WHAT?? No Bush? Exactly!)
- Bethany JLv 61 decade ago
Bush right after 9/11. Obama has seen his highest ratings. It's all down from here on until we get a new President. His "hope and change" isn't working too good for everyone I know.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Bush had 90% approval after 9/11. I doubt Obama will ever come close to that.
- midgetLv 51 decade ago
Wait when the economy straightens out and we bomb north korea and every country wants to cooperate with us again, i think Obama will have the highest ever!!!
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- ocularnervosaLv 71 decade ago
George Washington. He is the only President unanimously elected to the office.
- Anonymous1 decade ago