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50 years later, JFK still most popular president

John F. Kennedy headshot, as 35th US President, official White House portrait via JFK Presidential Library and Museum. (AP)

A new national poll finds John F. Kennedy is the most popular president of the last half century. The poll's release comes on the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination.

A CNN/ORC{}International survey found{}90 percent of all Americans approve of how Kennedy handled his job as president.{} No other president of the last half century even comes close.

Second place belongs to Ronald Reagan, with a 78 percent retrospective approval rating, followed by Bill Clinton with 74 percent.{}

Richard Nixon, Kennedy's 1960 rival and the only president ever forced to resign, is at the bottom with only 31 percent approving of his track record.{} President George W. Bush's approval rating stood at{}34 percent{}when he left office.{} President Barack Obama currently holds a 41 percent approval rating.

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