By Dave Andrusko
The headline for ABC News’ “The Note” said it as well as it can be described: “Obama Bottoms Out.”
In a recently released Quinnipiac University Poll, President Obama found himself described as the worst President since World War II. Thirty-three percent found Obama the worst, compared to 35% who tapped Ronald Reagan as the best President in that same time span.
And in a classic illustration of buyer’s remorse, 45% of the 1,446 adults surveyed believe the nation would be better off had Mitt Romney defeated Obama in 2012 compared to 38% say the country would be worse off under a President Romney.
“Would Mitt have been a better fit?’ asked Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. “More voters in hindsight say yes.”
“[President George W.] Bush left office in January 2009 with very low poll numbers,” wrote CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser. “But according to a recent CNN/ORC International survey, his favorable rating now stands at 46%, up 11 percentage points over the past five and a half years. His favorable rating, according to the CNN poll, is now on par with Obama.”
Actually, in most polls, President Obama’s favorability numbers are well under 46%–and dropping almost by the month! For example in the Quinnipiac Poll, 53% disapprove of the job Obama is doing to only 40% percent who approve.
And Wednesday’s Gallup numbers are almost exactly the same—40% approval to 54% disapproval.
Why the disastrous numbers for President Obama? Beyond the obvious—for example, “American voters say 54–44 percent that the Obama Administration is not competent running the government”– there is this tantalizing result from the Quinnipiac Poll:
“The president is paying attention to what his administration is doing, 47 percent say, while 48 percent say he does not pay enough attention.”
Did you get that? The public has figured out what Ed Rogers wrote about in this morning’s Washington Post:
“It looks like we have officially entered the world of the post-Obama presidency. President Obama’s recent speeches and remarks make it obvious that he is not making any serious effort to govern or to drive world events. Except for covering the basics, he seems to have taken something like an early retirement.”
One other quote from the analysis that accompanied the numbers that explains why the public believes Obama is the worst President since World War II.
“Today, the president gets negative scores of 10 – 88 percent from Republicans, 31 – 59 percent from independent voters, 37 – 57 percent from men and 42 – 49 percent from women. Democrats approve 79 – 13 percent.
“The president gets mixed grades for character as voters say 48 – 48 percent that he is honest and trustworthy and 51 – 47 percent that he cares about their needs and problems. He gets a negative 47 – 51 percent for leadership qualities.”