Analysis: Obama's second year is the most polarizing since Eisenhower
President Obama, with members of Congress behind him, shortly before he delivered his State of the Union address on Jan. 25.
February 4th, 2011
01:04 PM ET

Analysis: Obama's second year is the most polarizing since Eisenhower

By CNN Political Producer Shannon Travis

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Which president, in recent history, had the most polarizing second year in office?

The answer: President Obama, according to a fresh analysis.

Gallup compared Obama's second year approval numbers – from January 2010 to January 2011 – against figures from the second year of other presidents. It reports that an average of 81 percent of Democrats approved of the president, while only 13 percent of Republicans approved, on average. That's a 68 percentage point gap in party ratings - higher than the gap faced by any other president in his second year.

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  1. Jay in NC

    Barry is out campaigning again. The numbers will only grow.

    February 4, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  2. Liz Carter in Georgia

    OH! His numbers will grow because he has earned it with no help from all of his haters! You negative spinmasters didn't shake his faith; he just kept putting one foot in front of the other and flying above hate, bigotry and racism! He knows that in his position, he has to ignore that 'fact'; and let someone else point fingers at that, while he keeps his eyes on the ball! Intelligent AMERICANS and the WORLD knows that in itself takes exceptional courage and strength!

    February 5, 2011 at 1:28 am |