Obama polls as worst pres­i­dent since WWII

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY DAVE BOYER AND STEPHEN DI­NAN

Poll af­ter poll has charted Pres­i­dent Obama’s dip­ping ap­proval rat­ing in re­cent months, but Wed­nes­day brought per­haps the cru­elest cut to date: A new Quin­nip­iac Univer­sity sur­vey found that vot­ers rate Mr. Obama as the coun­try’s worst pres­i­dent since World War II.

With Mr. Obama de­ploy­ing troops to Iraq, fail­ing to find com­pro­mise with Congress and see­ing ma­jor de­feats in the Supreme Court, vot­ers con­tinue to sour on him. The new poll also re­vealed that more vot­ers now say GOP nom­i­nee Mitt Rom­ney would have been a bet­ter choice in 2012.

Quin­nip­iac found 45 per­cent of vot­ers say the coun­try would have been bet­ter off if Mr. Rom­ney had been elected, while just 38 per­cent say Mr. Obama re­mains a bet­ter choice. Even Democrats aren’t so sure — just 74 per­cent of them told the poll­sters Mr. Obama was clearly the bet­ter pick in the last elec­tion.

Vot­ers also rated the man who swept into of­fice in 2009 with a prom­ise of “hope and change” as worse than even his pre­de­ces­sor, Repub­li­can Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush, who left of­fice with ter­ri­ble ap­proval rat­ings.

“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.

A Zogby An­a­lyt­ics Poll re­leased Wed­nes­day also found Mr. Obama slip­ping — in that sur­vey, to 44 per­cent ap­proval, while his dis­ap­proval jumped 4 per­cent­age points from last month to reach 54 per­cent.

Nearly half of vot­ers told the Zogby poll that Mr. Obama is “un­able to lead the coun­try.”

White House press sec­re­tary Josh Earnest said Mr. Obama still has the abil­ity to lead Amer­ica, what­ever the polls say.

“There’s no doubt the pres­i­dent has the lead­er­ship and stature nec­es­sary to call upon the Amer­i­can pub­lic to rally around the kinds of ideas that are in the best in­ter­ests of the coun­try,” he said.

But in his sixth year in of­fice, Mr. Obama has turned in­creas­ingly to ex­ec­u­tive ac­tion to at­tack his pol­icy goals, thereby mock­ing con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans for fail­ing to work with him. On Tues­day, he ridiculed GOP ef­forts to rein in his ex­ec­u­tive pow­ers with the threat of a law­suit.

“As long as they’re do­ing noth­ing, I’m not go­ing to apol­o­gize for try­ing to do some­thing,” Mr. Obama said.

The pres­i­dent said this week that Amer­i­cans are “ex­traor­di­nar­ily cyn­i­cal about Wash­ing­ton right now,” and the Quin­nip­iac sur­vey shows that as­sess­ment is hurt­ing Mr. Obama. A full 54 per­cent of vot­ers be­lieve the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion is not com­pe­tent at do­ing its pri­mary job of run­ning the govern­ment.

On over­all job ap­proval, Mr. Obama is upside-down by 13 points, with only 40 per­cent ap­prov­ing and 53 per­cent dis­ap­prov­ing. That’s a 5 point slide since April.

The pub­lic doesn’t trust his han­dling of the econ­omy (40 per­cent ap­proval) or for­eign pol­icy (37 per­cent ap­proval).

As much as vot­ers are down on Pres­i­dent Obama, the star of for­mer Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan continues to soar. The two-term Cal­i­for­nia Repub­li­can was rated as the best of the 12 pres­i­dents who have served since Franklin De­lano Roo­sevelt by 35 per­cent of the vot­ers polled by Quin­nip­iac, just short of twice the num­ber of sec­ond-place Bill Clin­ton at 18 per­cent. John Kennedy came in third in the “best cat­e­gory” at 15 per­cent and Mr. Obama was fourth at 8 per­cent. No other chief ex­ec­u­tive got above 5 per­cent sup­port.

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