Americans think sitting President Barack Obama is the nation’s worst leader since the last World War, according to a poll released this week.
A third of Americans singled-out Obama as their least favorite president since 1945 in Quinnipiac University’s latest presidential poll, just ahead of George W. Bush, who received 28 percent of the vote.
In a head-to-head match-up between the two most recent presidents, Bush and Obama, Bush narrowly came out the victor, with 40 percent of survey-takers saying he was a better president than Obama and 39 percent saying he was worse.
‘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,’ Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement.
Ranked in order of how bad Americans say they were, the 12 presidents included in the survey were: Obama, Bush, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Lyndon Johnson, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy.
Americans told Quinnipiac the best man to serve as leader of the free world since WWII was Reagan, a former Hollywood actor who held the office of the president for two terms from 1981- 1989.
Reagan took a solid 35 percent of the vote, beating out his closest competitor, Clinton, by 17 points.
Clinton, who was impeached by Congress during his second term, was selected by 18 percent of the poll’s takers as their favorite.
Fellow president John F. Kennedy came in third with 15 percent of the vote.
Obama’s favorability ratings were underwater in nearly every issue area Quinnipiac asked voters about except the environment.
The president scored below 50 percent on healthcare, the economy, terrorism and foreign policy.
Respondents were clear about their disapproval of the president’s signature law Obamacare. The nays beat out the yeas by 12 points.
Questions about the way Obama was doing his job overall were also met with bad news for the president.
A majority, 53 percent, said they did not approve of the job he was doing, while 40 percent they approved.
Likewise, 51 percent said Obama does not have ‘strong leadership qualities,’ compared to the 47 percent of respondents who said he does.
Americans were split over whether they could trust Obama, with 48 percent answering in the affirmative and 48 percent answering in the negative.
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