Gipper tops poll of best presidents since WW2: Obama worst

A new poll by Quinnipiac shows that Americans believe President Obama to be the worst president since World War II. The poll showed people thought that Ronald Reagan was the best.

Might the scales finally be falling from America's eyes?


In a survey of 1,446 registered voters, 33 percent said Obama was the worst president since World War Two, while 28 percent pointed to his predecessor, George W. Bush, as the worst, the poll by Quinnipiac University found.

Voters were split over which of the two most recent presidents has done a better job with 39 percent saying Obama has been a better president than Bush and, 40 percent saying Obama is worse.

Most voters said Ronald Reagan, who served two terms in the 1980s, was the best president since 1945, the survey showed.

"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 Quinnipiac University's polling unit.

While Obama's job approval rating has inched higher to 40 percent, up from 38 percent in December, more voters gave him largely negative marks in key areas: the economy, foreign policy, healthcare and terrorism, according to the poll.

On the environment, 50 percent gave Obama positive marks.

The telephone survey, taken June 24 to June 30, had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.

Admittedly, our presidents since the end of the world war have been no great shakes. Truman had courage, but was done in by a very deep post war recession. Eisenhower was a good, solid president who presided over a booming economy. Kennedy didn't serve long enough, but gets poor marks for escalating our involvement in Vietnam and beginning the vast expansion of government. LBJ, Nixon, Ford, and Carter were the worst 4 presidents in a row since Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, and Buchanan leading up to the Civil War.

Reagan's legacy is sealed as a result of his confronting the Soviets, but the rest of his presidency awaits the judgment of history. George Bush 41 is already forgotten. Bill Clinton? A disgrace to the office whose policies, again, await history's judgment.

The complicated legacy of George Bush 43 is already being viewed with nostalgia. He has the best chance of all recent presidents to see a revision of his presidency in the eyes of historians.

Obama is as myopic as Carter, as incompetent as Ford, as devious as Nixon, and as eager to grow government as LBJ. He's right where he belongs; dead last among recent presidents.