But the press was only showing his approval on exit. Many were glad he was leaving. The average approval is more revealing. http://www.gallup.com/poll/202742/o...e=Politics&g_medium=newsfeed&g_campaign=tiles Barack Obama finished his tenure as president with a 47.9% average job approval rating. He ranks below eight presidents and ahead of only three -- Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Harry Truman -- in Gallup's polling history.