Newly elected presidents’ approval

Interesting graphic at 538, about which Nate says, in part:

The highest initial approval rating for a newly elected president… appears to belong to Kennedy, whom Gallup pegged at 72 percent approval shortly after his inauguration

Obama may beat that mark.

I was a bit surprised to see that Reagan’s initial approval was at almost exactly 50%–worse than any new president in the time series, which goes back to Eisenhower.

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