Obama’s Highest Approval Rating Lower than Bush’s Highest Approval Rating after 9/11, Poll Reveals

By Penny Starr | November 10, 2010 | 6:41pm EST

President Barack Obama listens to a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama enjoyed his highest approval rating during his first week in office, with 66 percent of Americans approving of his job performance, according to Gallup.

President George W. Bush’s highest rating came following the terrorists attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, with a 90 percent high and months of ratings in the 80s.

At almost the same time Americans were polled on presidential job performance (663 days in office, polling taking place during the week of Nov. 11) Bush had a rating of 66 percent.

The latest approval rating for Obama (651 days in office, polling taking place during the week of Nov. 1-7) show that 45 percent of Americans think the president is doing a good job.

Gallup reported on Tuesday that two years after leaving office Bush was still perceived more negatively than positively, with the former president getting a 53 percent unfavorable rating from Americans compared to a favorable rating of  44 percent – only one percentage less than the latest favorable rating for Obama.

Gallup noted in the story that since Bush began promoting his new memoir “Decision Points,” that his 44 percent approval rating is up four percent since Americans were polled in January 2009 after he left office.

Bush’s book was already No. 1 on Amazon.com the day before the book went on sale on Tuesday.

By contrast, President Bill Clinton’s approval rating at roughly the same period as Bush and Obama (595 days in office) was only 39 percent. Clinton’s highest rating was 62 percent, recorded from Jan. 10-13, 1997.

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