In 1948, the historian Arthur Schlesinger asked fellow historians to rate US presidents. The pollsters soon followed suit, and they’ve been asking Americans to assess presidents ever since. Barack Obama leaves office with a solid approval rating. He’s in the mid-fifties in most polls, but when it comes to job performance, the verdict is mixed. President Obama inherited a terrible economy. Although Americans see some improvement after eight years, only a bare majority approve of the job he’s doing here. Less than half approve of the job he’s doing handling terrorism or foreign policy generally. Sixty-one percent believe that the US is less respected that in the past. As for Obamacare, views about the law have generally been more negative than positive since its passage. A solid majority disapprove of the way the president has handled the issue. However, only thirty-five percent favor straight repeal. Finally, two-thirds in a pew survey say race relations have gotten worse since 2008. Only nine percent say they’ve gotten better. First drafts of history are always subject to revision. At this point, we know that President Obama is personally more popular than his policies. To learn more about my take on Obama’s legacy, check the links in the description below. Also, let us know what other topics you’d like AEI scholars to cover in 60 seconds.