Approval of recent two-term presidents
Compare Bush, Clinton and Reagan's first-term popularity with Obama's — and scroll down to see what happened in their second terms.
Click the candidate to compare his presidential approval to Obama's:
Obama's first-term approval rating is down from when he started . . .
. . . but Americans are fairly positive about the job he is doing.
After a post-Sept. 11 high, Bush's first-term approval dropped . . .
. . . and continued to fall in his second term.
Clinton's approval was up by the end of first term after an early dip . . .
. . . a trend which continued in second term.
Reagan ended his first term where he began . . .
. . . and finished his presidency slightly lower.
Sources: Washington Post-ABC News poll, staff reports
GRAPHIC: Karen Yourish and Laura Stanton - The Washington Post. Published Jan. 20, 2013.