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Move Over Jimmy Carter: Obama Most Unpopular President Since World War II

By on 7.3.14 | 1:39PM

A poll released by Quinnipiac University this morning has some devastating numbers for President Obama. The title of the poll, “Obama is First as Worst President Since WWII,” says it all, but let’s look at some of the other numbers.

According to Quinnipiac, Ronald Reagan is seen as the best president since World War II, with 35 percent taking that view. Reagan almost doubled Clinton’s 18 percent, with JFK trailing close behind Clinton at 15 percent. When you break down the results, the independent vote makes the difference, with 66 percent of Reagan’s support coming from that block. Meanwhile, Clinton’s support tends to be more partisan, with 34 percent of his vote coming from Democrats.

Who's the worst president since World War II? Obama at 33 percent comes in first place with a highly partisan 64 percent of his votes coming from Republicans. Yet even with that, he still gets a healthy 36 percent from independents. Obama beats his predecessor George W. Bush by almost five points and beats both Nixon and Carter by even wider margins (Nixon at 13 percent and Carter at 8 percent). It doesn't bode well for Obama's legacy when the man he was portrayed as the antithesis of is polling better than he is.

And there's more damaging news for the administration:

Obama has been a better president than George W. Bush, 39 percent of voters say, while 40 percent say he is worse.

American voters say 54 - 44 percent that the Obama Administration is not competent running the government. The president is paying attention to what his administration is doing, 47 percent say, while 48 percent say he does not pay enough attention.

He gets a negative 47 - 51 percent for leadership qualities.

In addition, respondents were asked about the 2012 election:

America would be better off if Republican Mitt Romney had won the 2012 presidential election, 45 percent of voters say, while 38 percent say the country would be worse off.

Would Mitt have been a better fit? More voters in hindsight say yes.

Lastly, Obama gets negatives by double digits in handling the economy, foreign policy, and health care. His numbers on terrorism are also underwater. The only positive for Obama comes from his environmentalist policies, of which 50 percent of voters approve.

Move over Jimmy Carter. Malaise 2.0 has arrived. 

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