The Washington Times - January 23, 2014, 08:05AM

Last year was the second most polarizing year of President Obama’s tenure, a Gallup poll released Thursday found.

Just 11 percent of Republicans approved of the president in 2013, while 82 percent of Democrats approved, with 72 points between the two parties. It comes in as the fourth most polarizing year for any president since Gallup began tracking with the Eisenhower administration.

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Mr. Obama’s most polarizing year – and tied for the most polarizing year in history – came in 2012 with 76 points between Democratic and Republican approval. President George W. Bush’s fourth year in office shares the top spot.

In fact, Mr. Obama has five years in the top 10 most polarizing year in presidential history. His 2013 year ranks fourth overall.

The poll comes from interviews with 175,000 adults during Mr. Obama’s fifth year, between Jan. 20, 2013-Jan. 19, 2014.