Obama's second year approval ratings most partisan and polarized since 1955: Poll

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Washington, Feb 5(ANI): A new poll has found that United States President Barack Obama's approval ratings during his second year in office were the most partisan and polarized they have ever been at two years into a presidency.

Gallup reviewed the partisan approval gaps between Democrats and Republicans and found that Obama's 68 percentage point gap is the largest since 1954-1955.

Obama's approval among Republicans averaged just 13 percent, while Democrats' approval of his second year averaged 81 percent.

Before Obama, only Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton saw gaps of over 50 percentage points between Republicans' and Democrats' approval during their second years in office.

Between January 1982 and January 1983, Reagan's approval averaged 79 percent among Republicans and 23 percent among Democrats - a 56 percentage point difference.

Clinton's approval averaged 19 percent among Republicans and 73 percent among Democrats between January 1994 and January 1995, a 54-point margin.

The smallest partisan gap during a president's second year came for Jimmy Carter, when his approval was 28 percent among Republicans and 57 percent among Democrats - a 29-point difference, Politico reports.allup's analysis of Obama's second year is based on its daily tracking polls conducted between January 20, 2010, and January 19, 2011.

It is based on a random sample of 178,864 adults, and the error margin is plus or minus one percentage point. (ANI)

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