Obama’s U.S. job approval are not strong right now.
For a good part of his second term, his job approval numbers have been in the mid-forties.
However, those numbers are clearly ahead of where George W. Bush was at this same point in Bush’s presidency.
As this chart of data from the Pew Research Center shows, Obama and Bush’s approval both declined in their second terms.
However, Bush fell further to a lower point than Obama’s.
At this point in Bush’s presidency, his approval rating was eight percentage points below where Obama’s is now.
The big difference in perceived characteristics is in how much people trust the respective presidents and how much they see them as caring about people like them.
Obama has clear advantages on both.
By this point in Bush’s presidency, only 41% trusted him and thought he cared about people’s problems. Obama is trusted by more (51%) and even more think he cares about their problems (54%).
But the presidents are very close on being able to get things done, with just a two point advantage for Obama.
More people see Obama as a strong leader now, as compared to Bush then. Obama has a four point advantage on that question, although fewer than half characterize him that way.
Bonus graph: International public opinion of Obama vs George W. Bush
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