Debt by President

U.S. president

Party

Term years

Start debt/GDP

End debt/GDP

Increase debt ($T)

Increase debt/GDP
(in
 percentage points)

Roosevelt/Truman

D

1945–1949

117.5%

93.1%

-0.01

-24.4%

Harry Truman

D

1949–1953

93.1%

71.4%

0.01

-21.7%

Dwight Eisenhower

R

1953–1957

71.4%

60.4%

0.01

-11.0%

Dwight Eisenhower

R

1957–1961

60.4%

55.2%

0.02

-5.2%

Kennedy/Johnson

D

1961–1965

55.2%

46.9%

0.03

-8.3%

Lyndon Johnson

D

1965–1969

46.9%

38.6%

0.04

-8.3%

Richard Nixon

R

1969–1973

38.6%

35.6%

0.10

-3.0%

Nixon/Ford

R

1973–1977

35.6%

35.8%

0.24

+0.2%

Jimmy Carter

D

1977–1981

35.8%

32.5%

0.29

-3.3%

Ronald Reagan

R

1981–1985

32.5%

43.8%

0.82

+11.3%

Ronald Reagan

R

1985–1989

43.8%

53.1%

1.05

+9.3%

George H. W. Bush

R

1989–1993

53.1%

66.1%

1.48

+13.0%

Bill Clinton

D

1993–1997

66.1%

65.4%

1.02

-0.7%

Bill Clinton

D

1997–2001

65.4%

56.4%

0.40

-9.0%

George W. Bush

R

2001–2005

56.4%

63.5%

2.14

+7.1%

George W. Bush

R

2005–2009

63.5%

84.2%

3.97

+20.7%

Barack Obama

D

2009–

84.2%

93.2% (2010)

1.65 (2010)

+9.0% (2010)

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