Gallup: Higher approval for Presidents once they're out of office

Except for Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon

Published April 25, 2013 1:26PM (EDT)

According to a Gallup analysis, ex-Presidents tend to get higher approval ratings once they leave office - including George W. Bush, and with the exception of Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.

From Gallup:

Additionally, seven of nine former presidents have had higher retrospective approval ratings than their final job approval rating as president just before leaving office. That includes George W. Bush, who earned a 47% retrospective approval rating in the November 2010 poll, the only time Gallup has measured Bush retrospectively. That rating is 13 percentage points higher than Bush's 34% final job approval rating as president in January 2009, but similar to his overall job approval average of 49%.


By Jillian Rayfield

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