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Ouch! Poll Names Obama as Even Worse President Than George W. Bush

President Barack Obama is not popular with some voters these days. In fact, according to a recent telephone poll conducted between June 24-30, voters ranked him the worst president since World War II, even more terrible than George W. Bush.

The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 1,446 registered voters. One-third of those who responded think Obama is the worst president since World War II. Even at his lowest approval rating, George W. Bush only was deemed the worst president by 28 percent of American voters.

When asked directly which leader was the worst (Bush or Obama), voters were largely split but Obama still lost out. 40 percent said Obama is worse than Bush, while 39 percent thought Bush bungled his time in the White House more.

“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,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of Quinnipiac University’s polling unit said when the poll was released, stressing neither recent President fared all that well.

As CNN Chief National Correspondent John King pointed out, though, the numbers could change dramatically and really only offer a snapshot of the political mood at a specific point in time.

“This poll gives a window into the sentiment of Americans at the moment,” he said, adding that depending on the news and world events things will change.

It is also noteworthy to point out that the poll reflected more favorably on presidents long out of office. Of the presidents named in the poll, the two most recent presidents, Bush and Obama, fared far worse than presidents whose sins may have been forgotten over time.

Not surprisingly, the poll also fell largely on political lines and demonstrated once again the sharp divide among American voters these days. When asked if the world would be a better place if Mitt Romney was in charge instead of Obama, for example, Republicans overwhelming said ‘yes’, while Democrats said ‘no.’

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