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Shock Poll: Most Americans Think Obama Less Competent Than Bush

Say what you will about Fox News, their polling data has actually been kinder to President Obama than many polls conducted by “unbiased” firms. A new Fox News poll, however, has found that a plurality of Americans consider the Obama Administration as less competent than that of George Bush.

How quickly we forget.

When asked if they approve or disapprove of the job Obama is doing as president, 40 percent said they approve while 54 percent said they disapprove. That’s right around where other polls have him and significantly better than the 18-point margin a recent Reuters poll came back with.

On the economy, just 39 percent approve of the job he’s doing. The same 39 percent approve of the job he’s doing on healthcare. A mere 34 percent approve of his foreign policy decisions, and this poll was conducted before the fallout from the much-criticized Bergdahl trade.

The real damning part of the results is when respondents were asked if the Obama Administration is more or less competent than the last two.

Just 42 percent said that Obama is more competent than the Bush Administration, while 48 percent said the Obama Administration is less competent.

Certainly that number is dwarfed when compared to the Clinton Administration. A mere 18 percent say the Obama Administration is more competent than Clinton’s while 68 percent say the Administration is less competent.

Of course, the recent slew of scandals, from the VA mismanagement to the questionable trade of Taliban detainees for a POW branded a deserter to ongoing criticism of the Affordable Care Act, certainly skew the poll. But what do you think? Is the Obama Administration really less competent than Bush?

How about compared to the Clinton Administration?

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