I firmly believe Obama will be hands-down the least liked president in history when all is said and done.

PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama averaged 44% job approval for his third full year in office, which ended Jan. 19. His third-year average is down slightly from his second-year average of 47% and much lower than his first-year average of 57%. […]

The fourth year in office for presidents is obviously critical, as they seek re-election. Historically, there is no clear pattern in the trajectory of presidents’ job approval ratings from the third year to the fourth. Specifically, Dwight Eisenhower’s and Carter’s averages were essentially the same in their third and fourth years. Richard Nixon, Reagan, and Bill Clinton saw significant increases, and all were re-elected. George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush both saw significant declines in their approval ratings during their fourth year in office, with the elder Bush being defeated for re-election and the younger Bush winning a second term.

From a broader historical perspective, comparing Obama’s third-year numbers with all presidential years in Gallup records, Obama’s 44% average job approval rating is well below average, ranking 53rd of the 68 presidential years measured.

Obama’s 12th Quarter Average, 43%, Is Lowest for Elected Presidents.

The higher approval ratings for Obama in December 2011 and January 2012 led to an improvement in his 12th quarter average — 43% in the period from Oct. 20, 2011, through Jan. 19, 2012, compared with his 41% 11th quarter average. Still, Obama’s most recent quarters have been his worst in terms of job approval.

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