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 . . .

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. . . but Americans are fairly positive about the job he is doing.

After a post-Sept. 11 high, Bush's first-term approval dropped . . .

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. . . and continued to fall in his second term.

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Clinton's approval was up by the end of first term after an early dip . . .

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. . . a trend which continued in second term.

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Reagan ended his first term where he began . . .

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. . . and finished his presidency slightly lower.

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Sources: Washington Post-ABC News poll, staff reports
GRAPHIC: Karen Yourish and Laura Stanton - The Washington Post. Published Jan. 20, 2013.