One day before the U.S. picks President Barack Obama’s successor, the 44th President has made history with his Election Day approval ratings, according to Pollster.com. Obama, who will not be running for a third term despite what Jimmy Kimmel has made some people think, has been busy campaigning for Hillary Clinton during what he’s called the “most important election of our lifetimes.”
Obama earned a 52.1 percent approval rating, reported Pollster.com’s Charles Franklin Sunday morning, declaring it one of the highest in recent history. Then on Monday, Gallup reported Obama’s approval rating was up to 56 percent, a number he had only met or surpassed on seven days since August 2009—the week following his reelection.
As election approaches, Obama approval trend is at 52.1%.— Charles Franklin (@PollsAndVotes) November 6, 2016
Ike 10/23/60: 58-31
Reagan 10/24/88: 51-38
Clinton 10/28/00: 57-38 pic.twitter.com/kF5qvZQcRM
Obama’s Election Day approval rating was higher than the last five presidents before him, with the exception of Bill Clinton’s approval rating when he left office in 2000 and Ronald Reagan after his first presidential term in 1984. Obama’s approval rating was also higher than George W. Bush’s approval ratings on Election Day on both of his presidential terms.
Maybe Obama’s approval ratings have increased because people are just sad to see him go, or maybe they’ve taken notice of his recent actions like commuting the prison sentences of 872 people, with 688 of those commutations happening this year.
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