Poll: Obama Worst President Since WWII, Romney Would Be Better

OBAMA IS FIRST AS WORST PRESIDENT SINCE WWII,

QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY NATIONAL POLL FINDS;

MORE VOTERS SAY ROMNEY WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER

President Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II, 33 percent of American voters say in a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today.  Another 28 percent pick President George W. Bush.

Ronald Reagan is the best president since WWII, 35 percent of voters say, with 18 percent for Bill Clinton, 15 percent for John F. Kennedy and 8 percent for Obama, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.  Among Democrats, 34 percent say Clinton is the best president, with 18 percent each for Obama and Kennedy.

Obama has been a better president than George W. Bush, 39 percent of voters say, while 40 percent say he is worse.  Men say 43 – 36 percent that Obama is worse than Bush while women say 42 – 38 percent he is better. Obama is worse, Republicans say 79 – 7 percent and   independent voters say 41 – 31 percent.  Democrats say 78 – 4 percent that he is better.

Voters say by a narrow 37 – 34 percent that Obama is better for the economy than Bush. 

America would be better off if Republican Mitt Romney had won the 2012 presidential election, 45 percent of voters say, while 38 percent say the country would be worse off.

Missing Mitt are Republicans 84 – 5 percent and independent voters 47 – 33 percent, while Democrats say 74 – 10 percent that the U.S. would be worse off with Romney.

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.

Would Mitt have been a better fit? More voters in hindsight say yes.

American voters say 54 – 44 percent that the Obama Administration is not competent running the government.  The president is paying attention to what his administration is doing, 47 percent say, while 48 percent say he does not pay enough attention.

President Obama’s job approval rating, inching up since a negative 38 – 57 percent in December, 2013, his all-time low, is stalled at a negative 40 – 53 percent.  This compares to the president’s negative 42 – 50 percent job approval in an April 2 national survey.

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.

The economy and jobs are the most important problems facing the country today, 35 percent of voters say, with 12 percent listing politicians/campaigns/corruption, 6 percent each for healthcare and foreign affairs, 5 percent for the budget and 4 percent each for education and immigration.

Obama gets negative grades for his handling of most key issues:

·     Negative 40 – 55 percent for handling the economy;

·     Negative 37 – 57 percent for foreign policy;

·     Negative 40 – 58 percent for health care;

·     50 – 40 percent for the environment;

·     Negative 44 – 51 percent for terrorism;

From June 24 – 30, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,446 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points.  Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones. 

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research. 

For more information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter

3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?

                                                               AGE IN YRS…………..

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+

Approve              40%    10%    79%   31%    37%    42%    46%    45%    36%    36%

Disapprove           53     88     13     59     57     49     44     47     57     57

DK/NA                 7      3      8     10      6      9     10      7      7      6

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? (* High also 59% Mar 2009)

                                                             APPROVE…….

                                                             High    Low

                    Jul 02  Apr 02  Jan 22  Jan 08  Dec 10  Jun 04  Dec 10

                     2014    2014    2014    2014    2013    2009*   2013

Approve              40      42      40      41      38      59      38

Disapprove           53      50      54      53      57      31      57

DK/NA                 7       8       6       7       6      10       6

35. Thinking about the United States Presidents we have had since World War II:

Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon,

Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Senior, Bill Clinton,

George W. Bush and Barack Obama, which one would you consider the best president?

                                                               AGE IN YRS…………..

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+

Harry Truman          4%     4%     4%     6%     6%     4%     2%     2%     4%    10%

Dwight Eisenhower     5      4      2      8      6      4      8      5      3      6

John Kennedy         15      6     18     17     14     15     21      9     15     17

Lyndon Johnson        3      –      6      1      4      2      2      2      4      2

Richard Nixon         1      2      –      1      1      1      4      1      –      -

Gerald Ford           1      1      1      1      –      1      1      1      1      -

Jimmy Carter          2      –      4      2      2      3      –      2      5      2

Ronald Reagan        35     66      6     36     37     33     18     36     42     34

George Bush Senior    3      6      1      4      2      4      1      6      3      2

Bill Clinton         18      3     34     16     18     18     21     24     14     14

George W. Bush        1      1      –      1      1      1      1      1      1      1

Barack Obama          8      4     18      2      6     10     10     10      6      5

DK/NA                 4      2      5      4      3      5     11      2      2      5

TREND: Thinking about the United States Presidents we have had since World War II:

Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon,

Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Senior, Bill Clinton,

George W. Bush and Barack Obama, which one would you consider the best president?

                     Jul 02  Jun 01

                     2014    2006

Harry Truman          4       7

Dwight Eisenhower     5       5

John Kennedy         15      18

Lyndon Johnson        3       1

Richard Nixon         1       1

Gerald Ford           1       1

Jimmy Carter          2       5

Ronald Reagan        35      28

George Bush Senior    3       2

Bill Clinton         18      25

George W. Bush        1       3

Barack Obama          8      na

DK/NA                 4       4

36. Which of these twelve presidents we have had since World War II would you consider the worst president: Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Senior,

Bill Clinton, George W. Bush or Barack Obama?

                                                               AGE IN YRS…………..

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+

Harry Truman          –      –      –      –      –      –      –      –      -      -

Dwight Eisenhower     1      1      1      –      –      1      –      –      2      -

John Kennedy          –      –      –      –      –      –      –      –      –      -

Lyndon Johnson        3      4      3      2      4      3      5      4      2      3

Richard Nixon        13      5     20     14     11     15     12     12     16     13

Gerald Ford           2      –      2      2      3      –      2      1      1      2

Jimmy Carter          8     14      1      9     11      6      4      7      8     13

Ronald Reagan         3      –      6      3      4      3      4      4      4      2

George Bush Senior    2      –      4      1      1      2      –      3      1      2

Bill Clinton          3      4      1      3      2      3     2      2      4      2

George W. Bush       28      5     54     23     26     30     38     34     21     22

Barack Obama         33     63      4     36     34     32     24     29     39     34

DK/NA                 4      3      4      4      4      4     10      3      1      5

TREND: Which of these twelve presidents we have had since World War II would you consider the worst president: Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Senior,

Bill Clinton, George W. Bush or Barack Obama?

                     Jul 02  Jun 01

                     2014    2006

Harry Truman          –       1

Dwight Eisenhower     1       -

John Kennedy          –       1

Lyndon Johnson        3       4

Richard Nixon        13      17

Gerald Ford           2       2

Jimmy Carter          8      13

Ronald Reagan         3       3

George Bush Senior    2       3

Bill Clinton          3      16

George W. Bush       28      34

Barack Obama         33      na

DK/NA                 4       5

37. Do you think Barack Obama has been a better President than George W. Bush, worse, or about the same as President Bush?

                                                               AGE IN YRS…………..

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+

Better               39%     7%    78%    31%    36%    42%    45%    45%    35%    34%

Worse                40     79      4     41     43     38     25     32    48     49

About the same       20     13     16     27     21     19     28     22     17     16

DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      2      2      1      1      2

TREND: Do you think Barack Obama has been a better President than George W. Bush, worse, or about the same as President Bush?

                     Jul 02  Jan 13  Nov 17  Jul 21  Jan 13

                     2014    2011    2010    2010    2010

Better               39      46      43      42      43

Worse                40      30      37      32      30

About the same       20      22      19      23      23

DK/NA                 1       3       2       3       4

38. How much of the time do you think you can trust the government in Washington to do what is right; almost all of the time, most of the time, only some of the time, or hardly ever?

                                                               AGE IN YRS…………..

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+

Almost all the time   2%     1%     4%     –      2%     1%     2%     3%     1%     1%

Most of the time     12      5     21      9     12     11     18     11     11     10

Some of the time     49     48     56     45     43     54     50     48     47     50

Hardly ever          37     45     17     45     42     33     29     37     41     39

DK/NA                 1      1      1      –      1      1      1      –      1      1

TREND: How much of the time do you think you can trust the government in Washington to do what is right; almost all of the time, most of the time, only some of the time, or hardly ever?

                                                             ALMST+MOST….

                                                             High    Low

                     Jul 02  Jan 21  Dec 10  Nov 12  Oct 01  Mar 24  Dec 10

                     2014    2014    2013    2013    2013    2010    2013

Almost all the time   2       2       1       2       3       2       1

Most of the time     12      13      11      13      14      17      11

Some of the time     49      50      46      49      51      50      46

Hardly ever          37      33      41      35      31      30      41

DK/NA                 1       2       1       1       2       1       1

39. Would you say that Barack Obama – is honest and trustworthy or not?

                                                               AGE IN YRS…………..

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+

Yes                  48%    15%    85%    42%    42%    53%    57%    51%    45%    44%

No                   48     81     12     53     53     43     35     45     53     51

DK/NA                 4      4      3      5      4      4      9      3     2      5

TREND: Would you say that Barack Obama is honest and trustworthy or not? (* Low also 44% Nov 2013)

                                                             YES………..

                                                             High    Low

                     Jul 02  Apr 02  Jan 22  Jan 08  Dec 10  Jan 13  Dec 10

                     2014    2014    2014    2014    2013    2011    2013*

Yes                  48      48      46      46      44      63      44

No                   48     47      49      49      52      31      52

DK/NA                 4       5       5       4       4       6       4

40. Would you say that Barack Obama – has strong leadership qualities or not?

                                                               AGE IN YRS…………..

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+

Yes                  47%    21%    78%    41%    44%    50%    65%    53%    41%    38%

No                   51     77     21     57     54     48     32     47     56     59

DK/NA                 2      2      1      2      1      2      2      –      2      2

TREND: Would you say that Barack Obama has strong leadership qualities or not?

                                                             YES………..

                                                             High    Low

                     Jul 02  Apr 02  Jan 22  Jan 08  Dec 10  Jan 13  Jan 08

                     2014    2014    2014    2014    2013    2010    2014

Yes                  47      49      49      46      47      66      46

No                   51      48      48      51      51      32      51

DK/NA                 2       3       3       3       2       2       3

41. Would you say that Barack Obama – cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?

                                                               AGE IN YRS…………..

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+

Yes                  51%    19%    86%    47%    49%    53%    62%    56%    48%    47%

No                   47     79     12     51     49     45     36     42     51     51

DK/NA                 2      2      2      2      2      2      3      2      2      2

TREND: Would you say that Barack Obama cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?

                                                             YES………..

                                                             High    Low

                     Jul 02  Apr 02  Jan 22  Jan 08  Dec 10  Nov 12  Dec 10

                     2014    2014    2014    2014    2013    2008    2013

Yes                  51      51      51      50      48      70      48

No                   47      45      46      48      49      22      49

DK/NA                 2       3       3       2       3       7       3

42. In the Presidential election of 2012, if Mitt Romney had become President instead of Barack Obama, do you think that, in general, the nation would be better off than it is today or worse off than it is today?

                                                               AGE IN YRS…………..

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+

Better off           45%    84%   10%    47%    48%    42%    35%    41%    49%    51%

Worse off            38      5     74     33     36     40     44     43     35     35

SAME (VOL)           10      4      9     13     10      9     13     13      7      7

DK/NA                 7     7      7      6      6      8      8      4      8      7

TREND: In the Presidential election of 2012, if Mitt Romney had become President instead of Barack Obama, do you think that, in general, the nation would be better off than it is today or worse off than it is today? (* election of 2008, if John McCain)

                     ROMNEY  MCCAIN…………….

                     Jul 02  Jan 13  Jul 21  Jan 13

                     2014    2011*   2010*   2010*

Better off           45      32      37      35

Worse off            38      41      35      37

SAME(VOL)            10      14      15      17

DK/NA                 7      13      13      11

43. What do you think is the most important problem facing the country today?

                             Tot

Economy and Jobs Total        35%

  Unemployment/Jobs           15

  Economy general             14

  Cost of living               2

  Minimum wage too low         1

  Business leaving/Outsourcing 1

  Economy other                2

Politicians/Campaigns Total   12%

  Politicians/Campaigns genrl  3

  Obama administration         2

  Political corruption         2

  Politicians leadership       1

  Politicians/Campaigns other  4

Healthcare Costs/Ins/HMO’s     6%

Foreign Affairs/Policy Total   6%

  Foreign affairs/Policy gen   2

  Priorities home, not abroad  1

  Middle East                  1

  Military issues              1

  Foreign Affairs/policy other 1

Budget Total                   5%

  Budget deficits              2

  Gov too big/Gov spending     1

  Budget general               1

  Budget other                 1

Immigration                    4%

Education Total                4%

  Education general            2

  Funding education            1

  Education other              1

War total                      3%

  War general                  2

  War/Iraq                     1

Terrorism Total                3%

  Terrorism general            1

  Security/Safety              1

  Terrorism other              1

Lack of ethics/Morality        3%

Environment/Pollution          2%

Lack of religion               1%

Class inequality               1%

Crime/Violence                 1%

Family breakdown/Family values 1%

Taxes                          1%

Energy crisis/Gas prices       1%

Middle class/Working class     1%

Poverty/Homeless               1%

Other                          5%

DK/NA                          4%

44. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling – the economy?

                                                               AGE IN YRS…………..

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+

Approve              40%     9%    76%    34%    37%    43%    40%    48%    37%    38%

Disapprove           55     88     18     61     59     52     52     50     60     58

DK/NA                 4      3      6      4      4      5      9      3      3      5

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?

(* Low also 32% Sep 2011)

                                                             APPROVE…….

                                                             High    Low

                     Jul 02  Apr 02  Jan 22  Jan 08  Dec 10  Mar 04  Oct 06

                     2014    2014    2014    2014    2013    2009    2011*

Approve              40      40      39      39      37      57      32

Disapprove           55      55      56      58      59      33      64

DK/NA                 4       4       5       4       4      10       4

45. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling – foreign policy?

                                                               AGE IN YRS…………..

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+

Approve              37%     9%    70%    31%    36%    39%    45%    40%    36%    32%

Disapprove           57     86     23     63     60     54     45     55     60     61

DK/NA                 6      5      7      6      4      8     10      5      4      7

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign policy?

                                                             APPROVE…….

                                                             High    Low

                     Jul 02  Apr 02  Jan 22  Jan 08  Dec 10  Apr 29  Jul 02

                     2014    2014    2014    2014    2013    2009    2014

Approve              37      39      40      41      42      57      37

Disapprove           57      55     49      51      49      32      57

DK/NA                 6       6      11       8       9      11       6

46. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling – health care?

                                                               AGE IN YRS…………..

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+

Approve              40%     7%    78%    32%    39%    40%    38%    45%    38%    39%

Disapprove           58     92     20     64     58     57     61     52     60     56

DK/NA                 3      1      2      4      3      2      1      3      2      5

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling health care?

                                                             APPROVE…….

                                                             High    Low

                     Jul 02  Apr 02  Jan 22  Jan 08  Dec 10  Jul 02  Dec 10

                     2014    2014    2014    2014    2013    2009    2013

Approve              40      39      36      35      34       46     34

Disapprove           58      58      59      61      62       42     62

DK/NA                 3       3       5       4       4       13      4

47. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling – the environment?

                                                               AGE IN YRS…………..

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+

Approve              50%    27%    80%    45%    49%    52%    68%    57%    42%    42%

Disapprove           40     60     14     44     44     37     24     34     49     47

DK/NA                10     13      6     11      8     12      9     10      9     11

48. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling – terrorism?

                                                               AGE IN YRS…………..

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+

Approve             44%    17%    77%    38%    42%    46%    55%    47%    42%    38%

Disapprove           51     78     18     56     54     47     43     46     54     55

DK/NA                 5      5      5      6      3      7      2      8      4      7

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling terrorism?

                                                             APPROVE…….

                                                             High    Low

                     Jul 02  Jan 22  Jan 08  Dec 10  Nov 12  May 05  Jul 02 

                     2014    2014    2014    2013    2013    2011    2014   

                                                                            

Approve              44      48      52      50      52      67      44     

Disapprove           51      41      41      41      42      27      51     

DK/NA                 5      10       6       8       6       7       5     

52. Would you describe the state of the nation’s economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

                                                               AGE IN YRS…………..

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+

Excellent             1%     1%     1%     –      1%     –      1%     1%     –      1%

Good                 22     11     34     22     23     21     25     20     22     24

Not so good          43     41     50     39     41     45     41     50     40     40

Poor                 34     47     15     39     35     33     32     30     38     35

DK/NA                 –      –      1      1      –      –      1      –      –      1

TREND: Would you describe the state of the nation’s economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

                                                             EXLNT+GOOD….

                                                             High    Low

                     Jul 02  Apr 02  Jan 22  Dec 10  Nov 12  Dec 10  Mar 04

                     2014    2014    2014    2013    2013    2003    2009

Excellent             1       –       1       –       1       3       -

Good                 22      26      21      20      21      37       3

Not so good          43      44      44      44      41      42      28

Poor                 34      30      33      36      36      16      68

DK/NA                 –       –       1       1       1       1       -

53. Do you think the nation’s economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?

                                                               AGE IN YRS…………..

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+

Better               26%    10%    47%    20%    28%    24%    29%    30%    23%    23%

Worse                31     43     12     35     29     32     28     24     36     34

The same             43     46     40     43     41     44     43     45     41     42

DK/NA                 1      1      –      1      1      1      1      –      –      1

TREND: Do you think the nation’s economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same? (* Low also 11% Sep 2011)

                                                             BETTER……..

                                                             High    Low

                     Jul 02  Apr 02  Jan 22  Dec 10  Nov 12  Jan 18  Oct 06

                     2014    2014    2014    2013    2013    2011    2011*

Better               26      29      28      29      28      36      11

Worse                31      29      26      28      31      20      44

The same             43      42      44      42      40      43      44

DK/NA                 1       1       1       1       1       2       1

54. Do you think Barack Obama has been better for the economy than George W. Bush, worse, or about the same as George W. Bush?

                                                               AGE IN YRS…………..

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+

Better               37%     8%    74%    28%    35%    38%    43%    41%    34%    33%

Worse                34     65      4     36     35     34     28     28     38     40

The same             27     26     20     34     29     26     27     30     25     25

DK/NA                 2      2      1      2      1      2      2      1      2      2

55. Do you think that in general the Obama administration has been competent in running the government, or don’t you think so?

                                                               AGE IN YRS…………..

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+

Yes                  44%    13%    80%    36%    38%    48%    50%    47%    41%    39%

No                   54     86     17     62     59     49     45     51     57     58

DK/NA                 3      2      2      2      3      2      5      2      2      3

TREND: Do you think that in general the Obama administration has been competent in running the government, or don’t you think so?

                     Jul 02  Jan 22  Jan 08  Dec 10  Nov 12

                     2014    2014    2014    2013    2013

Yes                  44      42      43      40      43

No                   54      53      55      56      53

DK/NA                 3       5       2       3       3

56. Do you think President Barack Obama is paying enough attention to what his administration is doing, or don’t you think so?

                                                               AGE IN YRS…………..

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+

Yes                  47%    23%    78%    37%    44%    49%    54%    54%    45%    35%

No                   48     72     19     57    52     45     39     43     50     57

DK/NA                 5      5      3      5      4      6      7      3      4      8

TREND: Do you think President Barack Obama is paying enough attention to what his administration is doing, or don’t you think so?

                     Jul 02  Jan 22  Jan 08  Dec 10  Nov 12

                     2014    2014    2014    2013    2013

Yes                  47      45      45      41      43

No                   48      47      50      52      51

DK/NA                 5       8       6       6       6

57. Do you support or oppose the health care law passed by Barack Obama and Congress in 2010?

                                                               AGE IN YRS…………..

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+

Support              43%     9%    83%    35%    43%    43%    46%    48%    41%    40%

Oppose               55     90     15     62     56     54     51     51     58     56

DK/NA                 2      1      2      3      2      3      2      1      2      4

TREND: Do you support or oppose the health care law passed by Barack Obama and Congress in 2010?

                     Jul 02  Apr 02  Jan 22  Jan 08  Dec 11  Nov 12  Oct 01

                     2014    2014    2014    2014    2013    2013    2013

Support              43      41      38      40      39      39      45

Oppose               55      55      56      56      57      55      47

DK/NA                 2       5       7       4       4      6       8

Source: Quinnipiac Poll

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