Only 43 percent of voters think President Obama has been a better president than George W. Bush, according to a new Gallup poll.
The result is striking, given Bush’s dismal ratings at the end of his presidency. And it calls into question whether Obama’s unwavering strategy of attempting to blame Bush for everything that’s wrong with the world is working.
The poll finds that 34 percent think Obama was worse, while 22 percent rate the two presidents about the same.
The new findings come just after another poll released by Gallup finds a majority of Americans finally assign blame to Obama for the economy, though even more blame Bush – with a subsection obviously blaming both.
Meanwhile, Clinton nostalgia continues to rage. Only 12 percent think Obama was a better president than Bill Clinton, while 50 percent think he is worse and 35 percent rate the two equal.
This suggests that while they will still support him, Obama has failed to live up to the hopes of Democrats. It’s a bad omen for Obama’s ability to turn out his base when the base would rather Bill Clinton were running.