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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Nate Silver, who luckily for us has decided to keep blogging through electoral off-years, considers Obama's popularity and relative political capital against his predecessors'. The short version: Obama is remarkably popular, by most measures the most popular new president since Kennedy and heads above Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Reagan.

The trend lines below represent the trajectory before Obama, which demonstrates the extent to which his high popularity (green) and low disapproval (red) buck historical trends.