Gallup: Trump 42% Approval, Obama 45% Approval at 1,300 days Into First Term

By Michael W. Chapman | August 17, 2020 | 11:09am EDT
(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- Gallup's Presidential Job Approval Center shows that at this time into their first term as president, both President Donald Trump and President Barak Obama had similar job approval ratings.

As the numbers show, at 1,300 days into his first term, Aug. 12, 2012, President Obama had a job approval rating of 45%.

At 1,300 days into his first term, Aug. 12, 2020, President Trump had a job approval rating of 42%. 

(Gallup)
(Gallup)

The "margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level," in the Trump poll, according to Gallup, which means his job approval rating could be as high as 46%. 

In July 2012, under President Obama, the national unemployment rate was 8.2%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In July 2020, under President Trump -- after shutting the economy down for three months because of the pandemic -- the national unemployment rate was 10.2%. 

Curiously, the employment level under Obama in July 2012 was 142,292,000 Americans age 16 and older. Under Trump, in July 2020, there were 143,532,000 people employed, according to the BLS. 

(Bureau of Labor Statistics)
(Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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