(CNSNews.com) -- Despite the deadly effects of the coronavirus -- lives lost, social isolation, and a damaged economy -- presidential approval numbers for President Trump 1,148 days into his first term show he is almost as popular as President Obama was at the same time in his first term.
At 1,148 days into his presidency, Trump's job approval rating is 44%, according to Gallup. For Obama, 1,146 days into his presidency (the way the graph measures), his job approval was 48%.
Although Obama did not have to manage a pandemic that within a few weeks greatly damaged the U.S. economy, he did have to deal with an economy that was stung by a tough recession that started in December 2007 and ended in June 2009, six months into his first term.
In a measure 1,122 days into Trump's first term -- early/mid-February 2020 -- his job approval was 49%.
For comparison, 1,125 days into Obama's first term -- early/mid-February 2012 -- his job approval was 45%.
"Presidential job approval is a simple, yet powerful, measure of the public's view of the U.S. president's job performance at a particular point in time," says Gallup.
"The approval ratings reported here are based on periodic multiday Gallup polls for Presidents Harry Truman through George W. Bush; weekly Gallup Daily tracking averages for President Barack Obama; weekly Gallup Daily tracking averages for President Donald Trump in 2017 and 2018; and periodic multiday Gallup polls for Trump starting in 2019."