Majority Rates Obama ‘Same’ as or ‘Worse’ Than George W. Bush

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    Sep 24, 2011 7:45 PM GMT
    This is pretty surprising as far as polls go so far in advance.

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/09/majority-rate-obama-same-as-or-worse-than-george-w-bush/

    A majority of Americans rates President Obama “about the same” or “worse” than his predecessor, George W. Bush, according to a new Gallup poll.

    When a random sample of 1004 adults were asked to compare the 43rd and 44th presidents, 34 percent of respondents said Obama had been a worse president than Bush, while 22 percent said he was about the same.
    Forty-three percent, a plurality, said they preferred Obama’s handling of the presidency.

    The poll, conducted Sept. 15-18, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. It did not specify criteria for making the comparison between presidents.

    Predictably, Democrats were most supportive of Obama, while Republicans favored Bush in the poll. The response from independent voters might be most telling for Obama: a troublesome 67 percent said they considered him about the same or worse than Bush.

    The findings underscore the challenges Obama faces in his bid for a second term, with many voters dissatisfied with the direction of the country and their own economic situations.
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    Sep 24, 2011 8:10 PM GMT
    I'm sure unless you are delusional, it could not be said he is any better. The amount of people that have turned on him here in America too.
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    Sep 24, 2011 8:17 PM GMT
    OPForty-three percent, a plurality, said they preferred Obama’s handling of the presidency.

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    I.e. an even bigger majority rates Obama same or better than GWB. It's a crushing majority. icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 25, 2011 6:10 AM GMT
    q1w2e3 said
    OPForty-three percent, a plurality, said they preferred Obama’s handling of the presidency.

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    I.e. an even bigger majority rates Obama same or better than GWB. It's a crushing majority. icon_lol.gif
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    A plurality is not a majority. It's really early yet - and a lot can happen in a year, but this underscores how weak Obama has become. Everything at this point hinges on how the economy does.
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    Sep 25, 2011 11:26 AM GMT
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    q1w2e3 said
    OPForty-three percent, a plurality, said they preferred Obama’s handling of the presidency.

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    I.e. an even bigger majority rates Obama same or better than GWB. It's a crushing majority. icon_lol.gif
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    A plurality is not a majority. It's really early yet - and a lot can happen in a year, but this underscores how weak Obama has become. Everything at this point hinges on how the economy does.


    I didn't say a plurality is a majority. I'm just saying that with the same poll data and combinatory trick that was in the OP, I was able to derive my statement above.

    Was Clinton a better president than Obama? Most think so:
    http://www.gallup.com/poll/149666/Majority-Sees-Obama-Performing-Worse-Bush.aspx
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