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Dates in officeAverage approval rating %Harry TrumanDwight EisenhowerJohn KennedyLyndon JohnsonRichard NixonGerald FordJimmy CarterRonald ReaganGeorge H.W. BushBill ClintonGeorge W. BushBarack ObamaDonald Trump
April 1945-January 195345.4
January 1953-January 196165.0
January 1961-November 196370.1
November 1963-January 196955.1
January 1969-August 197449.0
August 1974-January 197747.2
January 1977-January 198145.5
January 1981-January 198952.8
January 1989-January 199360.9
January 1993-January 200155.1
January 2001-January 200949.4
January 2009-January 201747.9
January 2017-January 202141.1
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Dates in officeAverage approval rating %Harry TrumanDwight EisenhowerJohn KennedyLyndon JohnsonRichard NixonGerald FordJimmy CarterRonald ReaganGeorge H.W. BushBill ClintonGeorge W. BushBarack ObamaDonald Trump
April 1945-January 194955.6
January 1953-January 195769.6
January 1961-November 196370.1
November 1963-January 196574.2
January 1969-January 197355.8
August 1974-January 197747.2
January 1977-January 198145.5
January 1981-January 198550.3
January 1989-January 199360.9
January 1993-January 199749.6
January 2001-January 200562.2
January 2009-January 201349.1
January 2017-January 202141.1
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Dates in officeAverage approval rating %Harry TrumanDwight EisenhowerLyndon JohnsonRichard NixonRonald ReaganBill ClintonGeorge W. BushBarack Obama
January 1949-January 195336.5
January 1957-January 196160.5
January 1965-January 196950.3
January 1973-August 197434.4
January 1985-January 198955.3
January 1997-January 200160.6
January 2005-January 200936.5
January 2013-January 201746.7
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Dates in officeHigh approval rating %Harry TrumanDwight EisenhowerJohn KennedyLyndon JohnsonRichard NixonGerald FordJimmy CarterRonald ReaganGeorge H.W. BushBill ClintonGeorge W. BushBarack ObamaDonald Trump
June 194587
December 195679
April 196183
February 196479
November 1969, January 197367
August 197471
March 197775
May 1981, might 198668
February 199189
December 199873
September 200190
January 200969
January-May 202049
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Dates in officeLow approval rating %Harry TrumanDwight EisenhowerJohn KennedyLyndon JohnsonRichard NixonGerald FordJimmy CarterRonald ReaganGeorge H.W. BushBill ClintonGeorge W. BushBarack ObamaDonald Trump
February 195222
March 195848
September 196356
August 196835
July 1974, august 197424
January 1975, march 197537
June 197928
January 198335
July 199229
June 199337
October 200825
Aug 2011, Oct 2011, Sep 201438
January 202134
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Line graph. Americans' job approval rating because that President Donald Trump, trend from 2017 come 2021. High analysis in the tendency (occurred number of times) is 49%; low analysis (from January 2021) is 34%.