George W. Bush a Better President Than Obama, According to New Poll

By: Sean Patterson - July 2, 2014

President Obama’s approval poll numbers have been sitting at low levels for months now. The botched roll-out of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) healthcare markets hit his approval numbers hard. The government shutdown of 2013, though caused by House Republicans, dragged down the president’s approval numbers as Americans grew ever-more tired of legislative gridlock. Foreign policy headaches such as the Russian invasion of Crimea and civil wars in both Iraq and Syria have also driven down the president’s foreign policy approval numbers.

Now a new poll shows just how little some Americans think of President Obama. The poll, released on Wednesday by the Quinnipiac University Poll, shows that nearly one-third of Americans believe Obama is the worst U.S. president since World War II.

This compares to 28% of those polled who said that George W. Bush is the worst U.S. president since that time. Perhaps even worse, 45% of those polled said that they believe the country would be better off if Mitt Romney had won the 2012 presidential election and a majority (54%) said that the current administration is not competently running the U.S. government.


“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.

Well into his second term, President Obama’s approval ratings now sit at an all-time low for this president. The percentage of Americans who approve of the president’s job record hit just 42% last October, and that number has dipped to 41% in subsequent months.

At the other end of the spectrum, many Americans are pining for a return of the Gipper. Over one-third (35%) of those polled by Quinnipiac said that Ronald Reagan was the best president of the past seven decades. Other (relatively) popular presidents include Bill Clinton (18%) and John Kennedy (15%). Obama finished fourth-best in the poll with just 8% of Americans calling him the best president since FDR.

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  • Jou

    Oh yeah, surrrrre. The only reason why he isn’t doing anything is because of those damn Republicans. And difference is Obama isn’t a terrorist. At least Obama has the balls to say he’s made mistakes, unlike George Bush who had to do an inside job to cover up his mistakes and start a useless war.

    • David

      Are you drunk? Obama isn’t a leader. He’s never led anything in his life. He’s not a decision maker. Obama listens to polls and decides based on how popular the decision is. What a completely horrible choice for the CEO of this country.
      Even Sarah Palin was the governor of a state.

      • schubiduhhhhh

        I guess your prozac has not kicked in in time. Take it now!!

      • Renfrow

        You are exactly correct. Great post

    • schubiduhhhh

      Good observation!

  • Mozartnow

    Bush was led into the war by fake reports from the CIA the same CIA his Father had run , make no mistake kids , the old man always wanted to go back to Iraq .

    Jr was and is a moron , he had the right wing redneck christian vote his Dad could never get, he stuck us in a war that has gone on for 10 long ass years and there is no end in sight.

    His buddies made 100 of billions on oil and on the private war you know nothing about.

    He broke our country and they got rich long story short your still feeling the fallout from when he was in office.

    Obama he was made President of the projects and we are all broke , he had no control over the war nor over banks that robbed us blind .

    You can look back to George Sr and that was the start of the end , recall they chased Clinton over a BJ from a little fat girl and no one has done anything to Bush jr and I will take a President that bangs some chick as long as he is not banging us like the Bushes did.

    • Jerry Scherwin

      Agree with you.

    • CharleyN19

      The main reason we went into Iraq is because Sadam put a price on George Srs. head and Jr. was going to get revenge. We have had three sons and a grandson that served months in Iraq and Afhganistan, and for what. We were blessed to have all of ours return home. Some families were not. We are a military family. My husband and one son are retired from the military. I believe in serving to protect our country. But, only if for the right reason. Oh, and by the way, the poll was conducted by Fox News. Enough said.

      • Mozartnow

        I thank your sons for their service I served as well as my Dad and my Brother , issue is I am not here to resolve some rednecks feud for their Daddy .

        I served for all people unlike Jr who was AWOL many times , if he really served sure then I could see him being devoted but he ran away and never did a day of hard duty , he was a phony pretending to be man of the people and a military man he was not.

        He grew up spoiled and rich like his Dad , Prescott Bush was an evil man read up on him.

        How Bush’s grandfather helped Hitler’s rise to power

        Rumours of a link between the US first family and the Nazi war machine have circulated for decades. Now the Guardian can reveal how repercussions of events that culminated in action under the Trading with the Enemy Act are still being felt by today’s president

        http://www.theguardian.com/world/2004/sep/25/usa.secondworldwar

    • David

      How did a white moron get a graduate degree from Harvard? This “dumb-dumb” ploy just doesn’t resonate as it once did.
      Bush is now more respected than Obama!!
      I guess they forgot to poll “low-information” voters.

  • Anthony

    when was the last time obama said that he made a mistake and changed policy….never

    • Renfrow

      He may be the least humble President in our nation’s history. He never apologizes for anything.

  • Jerry Scherwin

    Bush wars are still going on, still spending big time money, are you all jerks. Got a lot of soldiers killed for what, he was a joke, and is, that’s why he don’t say much now. Iraq, right back in turmoil today.

    • profmoriarty

      So of course you are aware that more Americans have died in Afghanistan during Obama’s regime than died during Bush. As of June 12, 2014, Obama-1657, Bush-575. http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/obamavsbush

      • Mozartnow

        One more dumb GOPer Bush started the fake war , Bush lied us into the war and if he did not he was dumb enough to believe the lies the CIA formerly run by his own Dad .

        Bush and his family never worried about the law , as no one here has the nuts to go after them Clinton gets chased to death by the GOP and Bush remains untouched and had never even been questioned about the fake war and where all the oil has gone as we slave away to pay the douche bags at the IRS ?

        They use the cops and AGs as there goon squad and we shutter when they come to question us over what ?

        Bush jr once said you know how much easier this would be if i was a dictator ? really ?

        The Bush family was in deep with the banks the supported Hitler and now I can see why , they are one in the same.

  • paperboy556

    It all comes down to DISHONESTY . Until you execute an elected official for knowingly selling out this country for favors or personal financial gain , things will never change . The deceit of elected officials MUST be met with capital punishment or they will have nothing to fear . These people ain’t stupid , they just have no worries about JUSTICE catching up with them .

  • Rob Singer

    George bush is a war criminal …. that got millions of people murder for oil ..nothing is worst then that …and we know the yale university news system ,, like Malcolm x said in 1963 {can make a good man look bad, and a bad man look good} it the power of the news system and the brain dead

    • profmoriarty

      “Millions of people murder (sic) for oil” – Really? Would you kindly cite your source for that? Haven’t been able to find any substantiation for “millions murder for oil”. FYI, Malcolm X also said that blacks giving 80% of their vote to the Democratic party in 1964, were chumps because Dems take the black vote for granted and blacks put Dems first while Dems put blacks last; http://www.humanevents.com/2014/03/13/when-blacks-voted-80-percent-dem-malcolm-x-called-them-chumps/. Wonder what he would call them when 95% voted for Obama and he has done nothing for them.

      • Mozartnow

        August 12–19, 2007, estimated 1,033,000 violent deaths due to the Iraq War. The range given was 946,000 to 1,120,000 deaths. A nationally representative sample of approximately 2,000 Iraqi adults answered whether any members of their household (living under their roof) were killed due to the Iraq War. 22% of the respondents had lost one or more household members. ORB reported that “48% died from a gunshot wound, 20% from the impact of a car bomb, 9% from aerial bombardment, 6% as a result of an accident and 6% from another blast/ordnance.

  • Me Wise Magic

    Anyone who wants to know everything there is to know about what is happening behind the scenes in the Obama administration must watch the award winning documentary below called “Grinding America Down.” It is also one of the highest rated & highest selling non-nature documentaries in Amazon’s history. The film’s producer, Curtis Bowers, risked his family’s entire life savings to produce the film. Once we recouped the principle he released it for free to the public (see link below)

    Agenda: Grinding America Down (most important documentary of the 21st century)
    http://vimeo.com/63749370

    • kcow

      Thank you Me Wise Magic. I just watched this movie. I couldn’t stop. Everyone in America needs to watch this and ask themselves, “Am I A Useful Idiot?”

      • Me Wise Magic

        You’re very welcome. That is how I was the first time I watched it as well. Powerful and riveting. Just bookmark it and share it with family, friends, and in comment sections and on Twitter.

      • Me Wise Magic

        BTW. Here is another must watch documentary called “The Project.” In light of the recent news about ISIS and HAMAS I highly recommend you become familiar with what his happening inside our country right now with the Muslim Brotherhood.

        The Project
        http://youtu.be/XpPgmavqKMA

  • GREG SIMPSON

    David,it sounds like you are the one listening to polls. I guess he didn’t make a decision to get Bin Laden,guess he didn’t make a decision to end two wars.Just another person making stupid statements with out facts.

    • David

      He didn’t “make a decision to get Bin Laden”, you fool. That task was well underway long, since 2001. That was highly supported in the polls.
      “decided to get us out of 2 wars” — another statement of idiocy. Another popular notion with the left. of course he was going to withdraw on his watch. He was the most drone-kill-intensive president ever. He personally reviewed the “kill-list”….but those things aren’t popular, so let’s keep that under our hats.

      • GREG SIMPSON

        He didn’t make the decision to get Bin laden? Then who did Fool?I

        It surely wasn’t GW BUSH.He forgot about Bin Laden.What do the polls have to do with any thing? Well didn’t we with draw from Iraq? And Afghanistan next? Most drone kill President ever? He personally reviewed the kill list? What are you an insider in the Obama administration? With 5.000 American soldiers killed and hundreds of thousands of Iraq people killed,you got got some balls.

  • 30dBRebecca

    What does the Crowd think? Outside of best/worst distinctions, it seems that George W Bush and Obama are indeed in a race to the bottom, with one important distinction. While Obama indexes at a not so great 31% positive index in Twitter, Bush indexes at a somewhat worse 24% positive, apparently buckling under blame for the current troubles in Iraq.

    http://www.30db.com/homeNews.php/?type=summary&topic=Obama&compare=true&set2topic=Bush&startDate=20140604&endDate=20140703