Barack Obama will leave office as one of the most popular presidents in history

Barack Obama will leave office as one of the most popular presidents in history
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President Barack Obama will leave office on Friday as one of the most popular presidents since Franklin D. Roosevelt, according to a spate of new polls released Wednesday.

Obama ends his two terms in the White House with a 60% approval rating, according to surveys from CNN and ABC/Washington Post — his highest since the early days of his presidency back in 2009.

That 60% approval rating makes Obama the fourth most popular outgoing president in modern history, according to the ABC/Washington Post survey, behind Roosevelt, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan. 

In contrast, Obama's predecessor, former President George W. Bush, left office with a 31% approval rating, according to CNN.

Obama's approval is in stark contrast to President-elect Donald Trump, who enters office with approval ratings at a historic low. Just 40% of Americans view Trump favorably as he prepares to take the oath of office, according to a CNN/ORC poll.