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Gallup: Kennedy Still Highest-Rated Modern President, Nixon Lowest

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I always find these fascinating. Wonder what tanked Carter this time around?

The Nov. 19-21 Gallup poll asked Americans to say, based on what they know or remember about the nine most recent former presidents, whether they approve or disapprove of how each handled his job in office.

Kennedy has consistently ranked No. 1 in this Gallup measure initiated in 1990. Nixon has almost always come in last, although Lyndon Johnson had the lowest retrospective approval in 1993 and tied with Nixon in 1992. However, given that many Americans have no opinion of Johnson, his disapproval runs much lower than Nixon's. The most notable changes in this year's update are a nine-point drop in Carter's approval rating and eight-point increases in those for Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Johnson.

This is Gallup's first retrospective approval measure of George W. Bush since he left office in 2009. His 47% approval and 51% disapproval rating puts him in Nixon's company as the only two presidents whose retrospective disapproval exceeds their approval, although the balance is much more negative for Nixon: 29% approve and 65% disapprove. For Bush -- whose job approval ratings as president descended into the 20s in his final year -- a 47% retrospective approval is actually relatively positive, as his approval rating as president last reached that level in 2005.

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Obama has most legislative success of any modern president -- including Reagan

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By GottaLaff

Why, this must mean everyone has been wrong! The punditiots have been wrong, the memes have been wrong, the wrongistas have been wrong.

Yes, as difficult as this is to process, the Democratic Congress (that is apparently in dire straits, especially after President Scott Brown got elected) has been successful.

Under President Obama's leadership.

Democratic.

Congress.

Successful:

Norm Ornstein argues that despite poor approval rates "this Democratic Congress is on a path to become one of the most productive since the Great Society 89th Congress in 1965-66, and Obama already has the most legislative success of any modern president -- and that includes Ronald Reagan and Lyndon Johnson. The deep dysfunction of our politics may have produced public disdain, but it has also delivered record accomplishment."

Imagine that.

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