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Obama on track to be ‘most-polarized’ president


In his six years in office, President Obama’s average job-approval rate with Democrats has been 83 percent, while his approval with Republicans has averaged 13 percent, according to Gallup. That 70-point gap is the largest of any president, topping George W. Bush (61 points), Bill Clinton (56) and Ronald Reagan (52). In fact, each of Obama’s six years in office ranks among the 10 most polarized in the past 60 years, with Bush holding the other four spots (including being tied for No. 1 with a 76-point gap one year). “Both Bush and Obama were elected with hopes of unifying the country,” Gallup reported. “However, the opposite has happened, at least in the way Americans view the job the president is doing.” – Phillip Brownlee