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Barack Obama's initial approval rating is highest since JFK

January 27, 2009 |  4:13 pm

Barack Obama speaks to a campaign rally

Do we still like President Obama? After all, it's been a whole week.

According to the latest Gallup poll, the answer is mostly yes.

The day after taking office, Obama had an approval rating of 69% -- the highest of any new president since John F. Kennedy, who entered with 72% national approval, Saturday's poll results said.

While an impressive rating, Obama might be a bit disappointed to find out that he dropped 14% since the last poll a couple of weeks ago, when he had an astounding 82% approval.

But since the latest poll, Obama has made some controversial decisions, such as announcing plans to close the prison at the Guantanamo Bay naval base, taking a firm stance for abortion rights and a suspected missile attack on Pakistan.

Such swift actions could end up swaying those 12%, who initially disapproved of the new president, or the 21%, with no opinion.

President Bush's approval rating hit a low of 25% shortly before leaving office, then rebounded slightly to 34% by Jan. 20.

It's not clear whether Bush's thrilling, ninja-like shoe dodge had any correlation with the poll upturn.

-- Mark Milian

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Photo: Then-Sen. Barack Obama addresses a rally at South Bend Washington High School in South Bend, Ind., in April.

Credit: Joe Raymond / Associated Press