Poll: Majority wish Obama were president, as Trump labeled 'mentally unstable'

 

A majority of Americans wish former President Barack Obama was still in the White House and in charge of the nation, according to a new poll.

A new survey from Public Policy Polling found that 52 percent of respondents wish Obama were in the midst of his third term. By comparison, only 41 percent prefer having President Donald Trump over Obama.

But it's not uncommon for a former president to see his popularity jump after he leaves office. 

A 2009 Gallup poll showed that only 35 percent of people liked former President George W. Bush, but after he'd left office and the news that he had taken up painting emerged, his approval rating jumped up to 59 percent.

See the states where Trump is most -- and least -- popular

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Idaho

Approval rating: 50% or higher

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Utah

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Montana

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Wyoming

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North Dakota

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South Dakota

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Nebraska

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Kansas

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Oklahoma

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Arkansas

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Louisiana

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Alabama

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South Carolina

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Tennessee 

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Kentucky

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West Virginia

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Alaska

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Massachusetts

Approval rating: Below 40%

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Vermont

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Rhode Island

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Connecticut

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New Jersey

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New York

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Delaware

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Maryland

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Virginia

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Illinois

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Minnesota

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Colorado

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New Mexico

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Washington

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Oregon

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California

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Hawaii

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Unfortunately for the current president, the poll included many other negative ratings. The survey found 54 percent of people claim Trump is dishonest, 47 percent say he's mentally unstable and 48 percent call for his impeachment. 

Former President Obama has made only a handful of forays into the political conversation, but has joined his fellow ex-presidents to call for relief after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria battered parts of the United States.

He's also continued to occasionally speak to the press on his personal life, recently admitting that he cried while dropping his daughter Malia Obama off at Harvard University this year. 

Obama even found some time to hang out at The Presidents Cup golf tournament with former presidents Bush and Bill Clinton.

RELATED: Check out what Obama's been up to since he left office 

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Sep 28, 2017; Jersey City, NJ, USA; Former U.S. Presidents (from Left) Barack Obama and George W. Bush and Bill Clinton smile during the first round foursomes match of The President's Cup golf tournament at Liberty National Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Goalkeepers event in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 20, 2017. REUTERS/Elizabeth Shafiroff
Former U.S. President Barack Obama gestures as he delivers his keynote speech to the Montreal Chamber of Commerce at the Palais de Congres in Montreal, Quebec, Canada June 6, 2017. REUTERS/Dario Ayala
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during dinner with former United States President Barack Obama at Liverpool House restaurant during Obama's visit to address the Montreal Chamber of Commerce, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada June 6, 2017. Picture taken June 6, 2017. Adam Scotti/Prime Minister's Office/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Former United States President Barack Obama (2nd L), his wife Michelle (3rd L) along with his daughters Sasha (C) and Malia (2nd R) go rafting while on holiday in Bongkasa Village, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia June 26, 2017 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Wira Suryantala/ via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN INDONESIA. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Former United States President Barack Obama (L), his wife Michelle (2nd L) along with his daughters Sasha (C) and Malia (2nd R) go rafting while on holiday in Bongkasa Village, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia June 26, 2017 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Wira Suryantala/ via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN INDONESIA.
Former President Barack Obama (C) waves while walking with his daughter Malia during a visit to the 9th-century Borobudur Temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia June 28, 2017. REUTERS/Pius Erlangga
Former U.S. President Barack Obama waves while walking with his daughter Mali and his wife Michelle during a visit to the 9th-century Borobudur Temple in Magelang, Indonesia June 28, 2017. REUTERS/Pius Erlangga
Former U.S. President Barack Obama visits Prambanan Temple in Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia June 29, 2017 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Andreas Fitri Atmoko/ via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN INDONESIA.
Former U.S. President Barack Obama, second right, walks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, second left, along with Widodo's wife Iriana, left, and son Kaesang Pangarep, right, upon arrival for their meeting at Bogor Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Dita Alangkara/Pool
LONDON - Former US President Barack Obama following a meeting at Kensington Palace on May 27, 2017 in London.
EDINBURGH - Looking across the city of Edinburgh from Calton Hill at dusk. The Balmoral Hotel and an illuminated Edinburgh Castle can be seen.
BERLIN - Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a discussion at the German Protestant Kirchentag in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
MILAN - Former U.S. President Barack Obama waves after speaking at the Global Food Innovation Summit in Milan, Italy May 9, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
TUSCANY - A gravel road is seen in San Gusme' countryside in Tuscany, central Italy, September 29 ,2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - Former U.S. President Barack Obama and British businessman Richard Branson sit on a boat during Obama's holiday on Branson's Moskito island, in the British Virgin Islands, in a picture handed out by Virgin on February 7, 2017. Jack Brockway/Virgin Handout via REUTERS FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY
FRENCH POLYNESIA - Former US President Obama take a holiday snap of his wife Michelle, as she poses on the top deck of the 138 meter Rising Sun yacht where the couple and friends spent the morning off the Island of Moorea, in the South Pacific, part of French Polynesia on April 14, 2017. Obama and his wife Michelle, US singer Bruce Springsteen, US actor Tom Hanks and TV personality Oprah Winfrey, spent two hours aboard the Rising Sun before leaving Tahiti. The Obamas left Tahiti after a one-month stay in French Polynesia. / AFP PHOTO / Mike LEYRAL / The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by Mike LEYRAL has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [April 14, 2014] instead of [April 24 2017]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require. (Photo credit should read MIKE LEYRAL/AFP/Getty Images)
HONOLULU - A sailboat passes in front of clouds lit up by the sunset sky in Hawaii, U.S., December 30, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
PALM SPRINGS - U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in Palm Springs California February 12, 2016. Obama is expected to spend much of the weekend golfing and will then host leaders of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Monday and Tuesday at the Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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