Obama’s overall approval rating ― 49 percent in the survey ― remains virtually identical to the 48 percent he scored in a late December poll.
But Americans now give the former president more positive ratings for his handling of a number of issues.
Forty-seven percent of Americans now approve of the work Obama did to help people like them, up from 41 percent in December. While his ratings for addressing the way things work in Washington, at 39 percent, remains among his lowest, it’s up from 32 percent last year.
Obama also saw modestly improved ratings on immigration, social issues, the economy and health care.
It’s not uncommon for former presidents’ ratings to rise once they leave office.
“Americans tend to be more charitable in their evaluations of past presidents than they are when the presidents are in office,” Gallup’s Jeffrey M. Jones noted in 2013. “Former presidents likely transcend politics when they leave office, moving into a more nonpolitical role compared with the highly political environment in which presidents operate. And Americans’ retrospective views of presidents may focus more on their accomplishments as president rather than the day-to-day political decisions or the state of the nation that are big influences on their approval ratings while in office.”
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