- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Though his approval rating had ticked up a bit ahead of Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Obama averaged a rating of 42.6 percent in his sixth full year in office — the lowest of his presidency.

Mr. Obama’s ratings have fluctuated a bit leading up to year six — in which presidents have historically been given poor marks relative to their other years in office — from 57.2 percent in year one to 46.7 percent in year two, 44.4 percent in year three, 48.1 percent in year four and 45.8 percent in year five, Gallup said.

His immediate predecessor, President George W. Bush, averaged 37.3 percent approval in year six, compared to 63.8 percent for President Clinton, 59.9 percent for President Reagan, 25.4 percent for President Nixon, 41.9 percent for President Lyndon B. Johnson, 54.4 percent for President Eisenhower and 38.6 percent for President Truman.

Mr. Obama has, however, averaged a 46 percent job approval in recent weeks amid signs of an improving economy.

“Historically, most presidents’ seventh-year averages are lower than their sixth-year averages,” Gallup’s Jeffrey M. Jones wrote. “If Obama’s positive momentum continues throughout his seventh year in office, he would join Eisenhower as the only post-World War II presidents who saw significant improvement in support during their seventh year in office.”

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