With the 2016 election becoming a polarizing and divisive time in America, and with the two most disliked candidates in history running, it isn’t a surprise that President Obama has topped President Reagan’s approval rating.
Obama’s approval rating has been soaring and looks like it will continue to do so until he leaves office.
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The new survey from CNN shows that Americans have come to a consensus, that a record number agree the country is going well. A startling 54% agree that the country is prospering, which is the highest since the poll began in January 2007.
The polls have been known to flip-flop around, as in late July 2016 many viewed the events transpiring in the country were negative.
In 1988, President Ronald Regan’s approval rating during his same time in his presidency was a favorable 51%. President Obama has surpassed his rating with 55%, which is a close tie with President Bill Clinton, who had a 57% approval rating during the same time of his presidency.
Obama has recently used his favorability to assist the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton to her advantage. Reportedly, 7 out of 10 Americans believe that a Hillary Clinton presidency would largely continue President Obama’s policies.
Robert Schmuhl, professor of American studies and journalism at the University of Notre Dame, explained how Obama’s endorsement for Clinton is significantly helping her campaign. “Obama’s vigorous campaigning for Hillary Clinton is a new dimension of the modern presidency.”
Schmuhl added, “What Obama is doing this fall makes him stand out from his predecessors in a vivid and distinctive way. He’s using his approval ratings and campaign skills to create what he hopes will be a new kind of coattails.”
“My name may not be on the ballot, but our progress is on the ballot,” the President explained to Congressional Black Caucus members in September. “And after we have achieved historic turnout in 2008 and 2012, especially in the African-American community, I will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy, if this community lets down it’s guard and fails to activate itself in this election. You want to give me a good send off? Go vote!”