Halfway through his first term as Vladimir Putinâ€™s Executive Assistant in Charge of U.S. Operations, Donald Trump claims he has accomplished more than any administration in history, including the highly successful Cash Money Records administration that took over for the â€™99 and 2000s.
We wanted to see if this was true. So we sifted through all of the measurables from the first two years of both presidents in an attempt to quantify their presidencies.
We usedÂ Five Thirty-Eightâ€™sÂ combined poll averages to determine each presidentâ€™s approval rating after 741 days in office. Hereâ€™s what we discovered.
- Obama:Â On Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2011, Barack Obamaâ€™s approval rating was 50.2 percent.
- Trump:Â On Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, Donald Trumpâ€™s approval rating is 39.6 percent.
- Obama:Â 43.3 percent
- Trump: 55.9 percent
NET APPROVAL RATING
- Obama:Â 6.9 percent
- Trump:Â -16.3
Winner:Â Barack Obama was far more popular. Donald Trumpâ€™s net approval rating (the numerical difference between the presidentâ€™s approval rating and his disapproval rating) is lower than any president in modern history.
We looked at the data for the stock market,Â unemployment numbers and GDP growth.
- Obama:Â The Dow Jones industrial average rose 5,632.09 points, or 42.78 percent, during Obamaâ€™s first 741 days in office.
- Trump:Â The Dow Jones industrial average rose 7,219.45 points or 28 percent during Trumpâ€™s first 741 days in office.
- Obama:Â Unemployment rate: +1.3 points
- Trump:Â Unemployment rate: -0.8
Black Unemployment rate:
- Obama:Â Black unemployment rose 3.1 points during Obamaâ€™s first two years in office.
- Trump:Â Black unemployment fell by 1.1 points during Trumpâ€™s first two years in office.
Real Gross Domestic Product Growth:
- Obama:Â Real GDPÂ dropped during Obamaâ€™s first year before surging back to 2.5 percent his second year in office.
- Trump:Â The real GDP grew both years under Trump but not as much as Obamaâ€™s second year in office.