THE LIVING LEADERS: From left to right George H. W. Bush, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter are pictured in the Oval Office of the White House in January of 2009 just as Bush the younger's presidency was ending. A new poll shows that he's now more popular than sitting president Obama

THE LIVING LEADERS: From left to right George H. W. Bush, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter are pictured in the Oval Office of the White House in January of 2009 just as Bush the younger?s presidency was ending. A new poll shows that he?s now more popular than sitting president Obama

Only about 49 percent approve of the job he?s doing, while 49 percent disapprove, a CNN/ORC International poll released Wednesday shows.

These numbers indicate Obama is less well-liked than one of the least popular two-term presidents in modern history, George W. Bush, who, in retrospect, 52 percent of Americans think isn?t all that that bad.

Obama?s favorability was at 70 percent before the start of his first term, as opposed to Bush whose job-approval rating at the time was at 27 percent, according to a Gallup survey.

The younger Bush left office as one of the least popular presidents in history, with an approval rating of 22 percent, a CBS News/New York Times poll found. This most recent survey is the first in which Americans have expressed a favorable opinion of him.

The CNN/ORC results don?t necessarily indicate Obama will remain unpopular forever; almost all ex-presidents gradually become more well-liked after they leave office.

It is also quite normal for presidents to be less favored their second term than their first. Of all the post-World War II double-term presidents, only Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton were more popular during their second terms.

In fact, Bill Clinton, along with George H.W. Bush, have the highest favorability ratings of all at 64 percent each.

More than half of Americans don?t perceive things as going well within the country, which is likely the reason they disapprove of Obama.

According to the poll, participants believe the president is mishandling the economy, immigration, health care, climate change and terrorism. Obama?s best performance is in race relations, and even then, only 50 percent of those surveyed believed him to be handling the issue well.

Agencies

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