Tuesday, January 20, 2011
50 years ago today, John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th president of the United States
According to the annual Gallup survey, Mr. Kennedy is the highest-rated modern president, and no surprise, Richard M. Nixon gets the lowest marks.
Of the nine U.S. presidents who have served in the past 50 years, John F. Kennedy continues to earn the highest retrospective job approval rating from Americans, now at 85%. Ronald Reagan ranks second, with 74%. Bill Clinton places at third place, while Jimmy Carter dropped from third to sixth. Richard Nixon remains the lowest rated.
Kennedy has consistently ranked No. 1 in this Gallup measure initiated in 1990.
This is Gallup’s first retrospective approval measure of George W. Bush since he left office in 2009. His 47% approval and 51% disapproval rating puts him in Nixon’s company as the only two presidents whose retrospective disapproval exceeds their approval, although the balance is much more negative for Nixon: 29% approve and 65% disapprove.