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President Obama named worst president since World War II in Quinnipiac poll

President Barack Obama photographed on July 1, 2014.
President Barack Obama photographed on July 1, 2014.
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A new Quinnipiac poll released on Wednesday names the worst president since World War II and the best president since World War II according to those surveyed on the question. The results indicate that President Barack Obama comes in first as the worst president since WWII, asserts the Quinnipiac University National Poll. Beyond that revelation in the new survey, more American voters now say that Mitt Romney would have been a better president in 2014 than Obama has been during his second term, according to the report on the survey released by USA Today on Wednesday.

According to the survey results, thirty-three percent of those polled said that President Obama is the worst president since World War II. Following in second place is former President George W. Bush. Twenty-eight percent named the president just before Obama began his term in 2009 to be the worst president since WWII.

On the positive side, Ronald Reagan is named the best president since World War II. Reagan was named by 35 percent of the American voters asked who the best president is since WWII. Bill Clinton came in a very distant second place. Clinton was named 18 percent of the time. Former President John F. Kennedy was named as the best president since WWII by 15 percent, just behind Clinton. Only 8 percent said President Obama is the best president.

Further details of the survey indicate that Democrats who were polled for the survey said that 34 percent claim that Clinton was the best president since World War II. The Democrats tied Kennedy and Obama at 18 percent each. The results show that when asked whether Obama or Bush was a better president, it is almost split. Forty percent of voters say George W. Bush was a better president than Obama while 39 percent say Obama is a better president than Bush. More men said Bush was the better president while more women say that Obama was the better of the two.

When it comes to comparing Bush to Obama, the outcome follows party lines with Bush getting the favor among independent voters as well. Regarding Republicans, 79 percent say Obama is the worse of the two. Among Democrats, 78 percent say Obama is better than Bush. Tilting the overall outcome of the survey for Bush over Obama, 41 percent of the independent voters say Obama was the worse of the two while only 31 percent say Bush was the worse of the two.

Those polled were also asked if the country would be better off if Republican Mitt Romney had won the 2012 presidential election. More of the persons polled believe the country would be better off if Romney were the victor two years ago. Specifically, 45 percent of voters say Mitt Romney would be doing a better job than Obama is doing. Thirty-eight percent say that the country would be worse off with Romney in the White House.

According to Quinnipiac University Poll’s assistant director, Tim Malloy, the survey summary is clear. He stated that 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. He concluded by saying, “Would Mitt have been a better fit? More voters in hindsight say yes.”

Other portions of the survey are negative for Obama as well. Specifically, Obama gets negative marks for his handling of the economy, foreign policy, health care, the environment, and for terrorism. In spite of all the negatives, the poll which was conducted from June 24 – 30, 2014, Obama’s overall job approval rating managed to not get hit too hard. The president hit an all-time low in December 2013 with only 38 percent approving of his job performance. That rating moved up to 42 percent in April. In the June survey, he is back down as his job approval rating is currently at 40 percent. Fifty-three percent currently disapprove of Obama’s job performance at this time.

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