A new poll released by Quinnipiac University found more Americans say Obama is the worst president since World War II than any other modern president. Not surprisingly, voters say that 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would have been a better president.
“Over the span of 69 years of American history and 12 presidencies, President Barack Obama finds himself with President George W. Bush at the bottom of the popularity barrel,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
“Would Mitt have been a better fit? More voters in hindsight say yes.”
Talk about voters remorse. A recent ABC/WaPo poll similarly found Mitt Romney would defeat President Obama by 7 points if Americans had the chance to do it all over. But, of course, they don’t. So, Obama’s legacy is already being written in the public opinion arena.
Even though President Obama spent most of his first term blaming his predecessor, George W. Bush, Americans aren’t buying that line of attack. Bush, after only just 6 six years, trails Obama as the worst president in modern history by five points with 28 percent.
Meanwhile, President Ronald Reagan, the conservative Republican standard-bearer, is far and away seen as the best president in modern American history with 35 percent of voters. At a distant 18 percent is Bill Clinton, followed by 15 percent for John F. Kennedy and only 8 percent for Obama. Except for the 50-year anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, Gallup has consistently found President Reagan at the top of the list, as well.
President Obama continues to see his PPD average job approval rating deteriorate or flat in the low 40s, as Quinnipiac clocked him in at a negative 40 – 53 percent, up from a negative 38 – 57 percent measured in December, 2013. But unlike past dips, the president is no longer liked or trusted. Also, Americans now say that he is simply incompetent or incapable, a trend that is clearly evident in the latest Quinnipiac survey, too.
American voters say 54 – 44 percent that the Obama Administration is not competent running the government.