Obama Approval Rating
According to the Gallup Organization, Obama began his presidency with a 68% approval rating. But gradually decline for the rest of the year, and eventually bottoming out at 41% in August 2010. The Obama approval rating trend similar to Ronald Reagan’s and Bill Clinton’s first years in office.
He experienced a small poll bounce shortly after the death of Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011. This bounce lasted until around June 2011, when his approval numbers dropped back to where they were previously.
His approval ratings rebounded around the same time as his reelection in 2012. The polls shows an average job approval of 52% shortly after his second inauguration.
Despite approval ratings dropping to 39% in late-2013 due to the ACA roll-out, they climbed to 50% in January 2015 according to Gallup.
Obama Approval Rating – International
Polls showed strong support for Obama in other countries both before and during his presidency.
In a February 2009, Harris Interactive conducted poll for France 24 poll in Western Europe and the U.S., Obama was rated as the most respected world leader, as well as the most powerful.
In 2009, Harris rated Obama as the most popular world leader in poll in 2009. He is the leader most people would pin their hopes on for pulling the world out of the economic downturn.
In Reader’s Digest poll respondents “overwhelmingly” favored Obama from all 17 countries, including Mexico, the United Kingdom, Finland, Sweden, Indonesia and Spain. Russia gave Obama the lowest score among the countries polled.
In March 2009, the Pew Research Center reported that 11% of Americans still believed that Obama was a Muslim. The highest percentages (19%) self-identified white evangelical Protestants.
People who disapproved of Obama’s job performance in the first month of his presidency, and lowest (6%) among college graduates and blacks.
The poll indicated that 48% of those surveyed believed that he was Christian, down 3% from October 2008, and that 35% did not know his religion