Gallup: Americans still rate Obama a better president than Bush, 43/34

posted at 9:01 pm on September 21, 2011 by Allahpundit

I’m posting this for two reasons. First, it’s grimly amusing to think that the new popularity yardstick for the left’s messiah, whose power was such that he’d slow the rise of the oceans, is a guy who left office with an approval rating in the 20th percentile and whom they used to compare to Hitler. Second, it’s an excuse to highlight a key bit of new data:

That 53 percent figure represents the first time a clear majority have said The One bears a great deal or a moderate amount of blame for the economy. His culpability is a matter of absolute conviction on the right, of course, but the polling’s been surprisingly stubborn to date on handing the lion’s share of blame to Bush. Even here, Bush outpaces Obama by 16 points, although the partisan numbers are revealing. With Bush safely out of office, Republicans are much freer to hold him to account than Democrats are Obama; meanwhile, among indies, O’s slowly but surely creeping up towards Bushian levels of blame. I wonder if this trend was accelerated by the “recovery” having stalled or whether culpability is a simple function of time — i.e. the longer Obama’s term wears on, the more of the economic climate he owns. Maybe it’s time to start a pool. Pick the date: When does Obama finally pass Bush in this metric?

Exit fun fact: In fairness to The One, he actually did slow the rise of the oceans.

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Ask Gallup, Ras, PPP, whoever how Barry polls against Ghandi, Budda, Jesus, or Amenhotep, and I’ll bet you’ll get the same results.

Limerick on September 21, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Ramadan, 2012

August 1st for those of you in North Carolina.

SouthernGent on September 21, 2011 at 9:05 PM

May ’12.

Lanceman on September 21, 2011 at 9:06 PM

So, proof that we still have a lot of people on drugs! How can anyone still buy into this guy?

bluemarlin on September 21, 2011 at 9:06 PM

The MSM has lost influence,eh?

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on September 21, 2011 at 9:07 PM

f the corrupt media establishment treated Obama the way they treated Bush, Obama would already be out of office. The fact they are this close despite the CME’s best efforts is a freakin’ miracle.

TheBigOldDog on September 21, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Under Reagan and under Bush I, and under Clinton’s two terms, and Bush’s two terms my family prospered.

We’re now doing the franks and beans. FUBO, you SCOAMF.

Key West Reader on September 21, 2011 at 9:09 PM

These numbers are the result of dishonest media.

darwin-t on September 21, 2011 at 9:09 PM

the left’s messiah, whose power was such that he’d slow the rise of the oceans

dude..it’s happening. See the link.

ted c on September 21, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Bradley effect.

malclave on September 21, 2011 at 9:11 PM

oh duh, read whole post…my bad.

ted c on September 21, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Polls have clients. Show me the poll firm that pays it’s number crunchers out of civic duty. Come on. Give me one. Like pop ups and banners somebody pays for the real estate.

Limerick on September 21, 2011 at 9:12 PM

The title is a bit misleading, the chart is only for economic problems, not the presidencies as a whole.

As a whole, Bush was FAR better than Obama. As for economic issues, they are both highly responsible with Obama FAR worse. Bush started it with the bailouts but Obama took the ball and ran with it.

Even though I didn’t agree with Bush’s positions on many things, I’d still rather have him as POTUS knowing that at least he has good character and did things with the best of intentions toward our country and our people. He and his wife also have class.

I don’t feel that Obama has any character and that he reviles this country and most of the people in it. Even those who voted for him or fawn over him are only tools for him for his own power and glory.

Common Sense on September 21, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Next poll: How does Obama rate compared to Jeffrey Dahmer?

DrStock on September 21, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Pick the date: When does Obama finally pass Bush in this metric?

I think we’ve now crossed the Rubicon and we’ll now start seeing some righteous comedy gold on this guy. He thought he was in Romper Room yesterday…

ted c on September 21, 2011 at 9:14 PM

already has

maineconservative on September 21, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Gallup: Americans still rate Obama a better president than Bush, 43/34
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D*mmitt,the KOOL_AID is flowing again!

*Sigh*

canopfor on September 21, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Let’s be honest, Bush deserves a lot of the crap he’s getting… in many ways he’s basically LBJ 2.0(immigration, home ownership to people who couldn’t afford, war, renewing Voters Rights Act for another 25 years unchanged… Section 5 needs to go)… he deserves a lot of the blame for our economy, but not in the way the MSM will give to him.

ninjapirate on September 21, 2011 at 9:18 PM

I assume this is a poll of undocumented americans.

ornery_independent on September 21, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Suck versus Suck worse?……..I’d still have to go with the one that just sucked.

PappyD61 on September 21, 2011 at 9:19 PM

The left will NEVER, EVER, hold odumbo accountable for anything…. they will blame Bush until the day they die. You can forgive ignorance, but you can never forgive stupidity.

ultracon on September 21, 2011 at 9:21 PM

if this trend was accelerated by the “recovery” having stalled

What are you smoking? Saying the economy is recovering and it being an actual fact are two different things, except to Libtard morons

skanter on September 21, 2011 at 9:21 PM

ninjapirate on September 21, 2011 at 9:18 PM

While I accept your choice of viewpoints I question if it isn’t the war (and it is ONE war) is the actor here. Yes, the course of action George took was expensive, but what action wouldn’t have been? We put too much weight, IMO, on design and not enough on chaos.

Limerick on September 21, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Melody Barnes Reminds Us What Obama Has Accomplished
September 14 2011
*******************

Good for her! I get tired of hearing people complain the President hasn’t done anything. Clearly they are not paying attention. Check the links below for a few reminders of what the President has accomplished.

http://www.positivelybarack.com/2011/09/14/melody-barnes-reminds-us-what-has-been-accomplished/

canopfor on September 21, 2011 at 9:23 PM

What comes of not responding to attacks and pretending to be above the fray huh W?

Tacitus on September 21, 2011 at 9:24 PM

He thought he was in Romper Room yesterday…

ted c on September 21, 2011 at 9:14 PM

ROFL. That’s perfect!

IrishEi on September 21, 2011 at 9:24 PM

General American’s incredible stupidity is the only hope for Barry in 2012/

bayview on September 21, 2011 at 9:24 PM

I assume this is a poll of undocumented americans.

ornery_independent on September 21, 2011 at 9:19 PM

I thot they polled the Democrats in Congress:-)

bluefox on September 21, 2011 at 9:26 PM

So,Obama campaigned on not being Bush,er,wasn’t
going to be a CowBoy,in regards to the use of
the US Military,and yet,he has acted,if not worse
than Bush!!!!!

Some will say that Hopey,has carried on the Bush policies!!

canopfor on September 21, 2011 at 9:26 PM

So, proof that we still have a lot of people on drugs! How can anyone still buy into this guy?

bluemarlin on September 21, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Well, ‘they’ *do* say that falling in love is an experience in psychosis. You “fall” into love and literally lose your mind, of sorts…

I think this explains what beset some people in the last election, as observed in similar nonsensical, irrational affection if not mania for and about Obama that defied reason, as also was defied by facts.

The more hardened afflicted have persisted, apparently. I relayed this story before but again, when watching one of those group Q&A’s that FOX shows now and then, people were asked who voted for Obama (this was about two weeks ago). About one-half the hands went up, if not a bit more.

Then they were asked who would vote for him again, from those who’d already voted for him in the past. About seven hands went up.

The moderator asked one of the people with hand up why she’d vote again for Obama and she said, with head held low and eyes looking down, that she thought “he just hasn’t had enough support, what he needs is our support…”

AS IF that’d fix things. She was still afflicted with that teen-love-obsession with him, as if he was her one lost love or sad victimized puppy…

Lourdes on September 21, 2011 at 9:27 PM

I thot they polled the Democrats in Congress:-)

bluefox on September 21, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Forgot, the RINOS were probably in the poll also.

bluefox on September 21, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Bradley Bradky effect.

malclave on September 21, 2011 at 9:11 PM

I couldn’t resist.

Lanceman on September 21, 2011 at 9:27 PM

This poll was stacked with leftists.

There is no way a thinking American would choose Obamarama
over Bush. No way.

I have over 600 customers in all states across the country;
all business owners of all races and creeds. 100% of them
hate Obama with a passion I have not ever seen against a president.

Amjean on September 21, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Pick the date: When does Obama finally pass Bush in this metric?

February 2012.

Fallon on September 21, 2011 at 9:31 PM

going after president zero. low bar.

kellyjane on September 21, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Heres another gawd only knows where the Cash went,
and a successful thingy that Obama has done,from
da linky above!

Melody Barnes Reminds Us What Obama Has Accomplished
September 14 2011
******************
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Promise Neighbourhoods Research Consortium
*********************************************

http://promiseneighborhoods.org/
++++++

Choice Neighborhoods
********************

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/public_indian_housing/programs/ph/cn

canopfor on September 21, 2011 at 9:36 PM

but … where is the ocean going?

… is the earth getting drier?

… global drying?

Axe on September 21, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Off topic – the former Boss is on Hannity and she looks really, really great. Did something hot-ish with her hair. What a great looking lady.

Jaibones on September 21, 2011 at 9:40 PM

All Hail the Messiah!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dmann on September 21, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Just wait for the numbers next year when Barry will have owned the economic problem for 4 years AND DONE NOTHING.

Except make speeches and focus “laser-like” on keeping his cushy job and perks.

GarandFan on September 21, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Give the President a little time, he’ll drive his ratings down, more.

Speakup on September 21, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Lourdes on September 21, 2011 at 9:27 PM

As good a theory as my drugs one.

bluemarlin on September 21, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Bradley effect.

malclave on September 21, 2011 at 9:11 PM

This!

Tim Zank on September 21, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Off topic – the former Boss is on Hannity and she looks really, really great. Did something hot-ish with her hair. What a great looking lady.

Jaibones on September 21, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Which one was she?

bluemarlin on September 21, 2011 at 9:48 PM

They should be blaming Rick Perry.

SlaveDog on September 21, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Do you think the media will allow the next president 2 1/2 years of a honeymoon before they start complaining about how the problems created by Obama haven’t been fixed? No? I didn’t think so.

txmomof6 on September 21, 2011 at 9:52 PM

People are going to hold W more accountable because you can tally his actions into two columns of positive/negative effects with retrospect. Obama is still in mid-stream, so a large number of people are not going to pass final judgment simply because they don’t know what he’s going to do over the next year and what effect it will have.
A more honest look would be to compare W’s numbers from either before the housing boom or right after.

Give 0 three years. If he doesn’t win a second term and the Repub turns it around, his image is dust. If he does win a second, he’ll push for insane measures that go nowhere and become a lame duck because the MSM will start writing narratives about how all second-term president’s compromised, including W. He’ll be lucky to get one productive year in a second-term.

budfox on September 21, 2011 at 9:57 PM

And that’s thanks to the news media. Harsh on Bush, soft on Obama.

jediwebdude on September 21, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Bradley effect.

malclave on September 21, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Yeah, run this poll November next year, and the results will be completely contradictory to his loss in the election.

SlaveDog on September 21, 2011 at 9:58 PM

When Johnny Sack is against you…

Lanceman on September 21, 2011 at 10:00 PM

I would like to know who gets who gets asked to participate in these polls-Lord knows, they have never called me

Static21 on September 21, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Bush isn’t ever running again…
(Lucky for Obama)

golfmann on September 21, 2011 at 10:01 PM

And this is why we are doomed. Period.

Midas on September 21, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Horse hockey. On my small island of hard core libs, there is total disgust with Dear Leader. Sample size is small. But, this county threw out a Dim that was the Clerk of Court forever (and his family before him) for an unknown “R” in the last election. Before, it would have been a straight line Dim vote. The conservative tide is flooding…at least here.

Dingbat63 on September 21, 2011 at 10:03 PM

This is absolute nonsense. These so called pollsters are producing pure mathematical garbage precipitated by apriori bias and preconceived notions of a desired outcome. Stop giving these charlatans so much attention and allowing them to mislead the public.

rplat on September 21, 2011 at 10:12 PM

New Gallop Poll:

51% of Americans are basically brain-dead…

RedbonePro on September 21, 2011 at 10:15 PM

That weasel Bill Clinton is just as bad as ObaMao in playing the class warfare game. Note what he claims as an achievment for unions:
http://blog.aflcio.org/2011/09/21/bill-clinton-unions-are-americas-employment-bankers/

onlineanalyst on September 21, 2011 at 10:22 PM

Gallup: Americans still rate Obama a better president than Bush, 43/34

WTH???

I like to tell Libs how I registered to vote (I had moved and didn’t register for the first GW election) just to make sure I could help re-elect Bush. Great fun watching the looks on their faces!

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 21, 2011 at 10:22 PM

New Gallop Poll:

51% of Americans are basically brain-dead…

RedbonePro on September 21, 2011 at 10:15 PM

. . . and another 25% have less than a dozen functioning synapse connections.

rplat on September 21, 2011 at 10:23 PM

2 turds. One smells worse than the other. Not much to debate really.

nottakingsides on September 21, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Yeah right. Let’s put it to a vote and find out for real.

percysunshine on September 21, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Stupid, twisted Left. Can’t live with ‘em, can’t kill ‘em!

OldEnglish on September 21, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Bush served two terms under constant attack by the media. Obama has not attained the popularity Bush during his first term. Bush was narrowly elected his first term. Obama won easily. Bush won a second term by a good margin, Obama will lose by a wider one. Bush ran on his accomplishments, Obama ran on a myth. Bush may not have been our best President but Obama is certainly one of our worst.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on September 21, 2011 at 10:42 PM

I miss W.

publiuspen on September 21, 2011 at 11:43 PM

Gallup: Americans still rate Obama a better president than Bush, 43/34

On the plus side, that means that “43%” is pretty much the absolute ceiling of people willing to vote for Obama if the election were held today.

HitNRun on September 22, 2011 at 12:09 AM

Let’s be honest, Bush deserves a lot of the crap he’s getting… in many ways he’s basically LBJ 2.0(immigration, home ownership to people who couldn’t afford

ninjapirate on September 21, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Busted.

Del Dolemonte on September 22, 2011 at 12:54 AM

Gallup: Americans MSM Obama Fanboys still rate Obama a better president than Bush, 43/34

The MSM Liberals are really getting desperate now. Wonder how much they paid the Mexican illegals (they technically are “Americans,” as is anyone from Venezuela, Brazil, Cuba, Columbia, etc…) to participate in this “study”???

landlines on September 22, 2011 at 1:47 AM

I have over 600 customers in all states across the country;
all business owners of all races and creeds. 100% of them
hate Obama with a passion I have not ever seen against a president.

Amjean on September 21, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Our customers nationwide, who are 100% businesses from every state and all descriptions, agree with yours. Some of them are from families who have never voted against a Democrat in several generations: I never ask (it’s bad form on a sales call) but they tell me that they are anxious to put a stop to this in 2012.

landlines on September 22, 2011 at 1:57 AM

The significant thing in this sort of poll isn’t the specific numbers so much as the trend and how it builds.

Remember, for this approval/general opinion stuff Gallup always polls “all adults,” which includes all the people who don’t even bother to register, much less vote. Over time, the difference between “adults,” “registered voters,” and “likely voters” is one which favors Republicans in elections.

Those who don’t vote, don’t get a vote . . .

Adjoran on September 22, 2011 at 5:06 AM

I try hard to be optimistic but when I see BS like this, I am more and more convinced that although the country can survive an Obama, we cannot survive the people who gave us Obama. Once the country reaches 50% of the kind of people in this poll, we are doomed.

Alabama Infidel on September 22, 2011 at 5:57 AM

The problem is that, in so many ways, Bush was a horrible president. When you ignore his successes and only add the reality of his failings to the media-induced fantasies of Bush/Hitler and Bush-the-mastermind-of-9/11, you end up with skewed comparisons to the media-fluffed demigod, Obama. This question should be asked 50 years from now, not today.

SKYFOX on September 22, 2011 at 6:04 AM

Give me Bush any day and a Republican Congress. The current economic mess stated with the Freddie Mac and the stupid idea that everyone should be able to own a home. Thus we had a housing bubble like known I have ever seen before. Will Barney Frank take any blame for the mess, hell no. Should Bush started the bailouts, no. Republicans are certainly not blameless. Obama’s policies have certainly acerbated the entire problem. We need less government regulations and adopt a can-do policy. There was no reason that the San Francisco Bay Bridge pieces that were manufactured in China could not been built in the United States. It make no sense that South Carolina can’t have Boeing assembly plant …………. I guess that Obama would rather have it built in China. And, the energy problem is not going to be solved by the NIMBY attitude of let’s don’t drill here or no new refineries.

Bush never whined. He stood there and took it. Whining is all that Obama does knows does. He does not give me hope for the future of anything, except for a larger more intrusive government.

SC.Charlie on September 22, 2011 at 7:03 AM

Gore was wrong? The sea level is falling after all? There will be no flooding of greenland? Florida won’t be under water? Wow, I’m shocked, oh well, problem solved, no reason not to drill now!

Dollayo on September 22, 2011 at 7:16 AM

I don’t do polls of morons, by morons, totally based on personality. That only furthers the stupidity crisis that grips this country.

How about a poll of what specific policies are to blame? Is that too far above the typical J-School graduate, today?

MNHawk on September 22, 2011 at 7:25 AM

First, it’s grimly amusing to think that the new popularity yardstick for the left’s messiah, whose power was such that he’d slow the rise of the oceans, is a guy who left office with an approval rating in the 20th percentile and whom they used to compare to Hitler.

That pretty much sums it up.

RDE2010 on September 22, 2011 at 7:44 AM

History will be kinder to George Bush than the present day media. I’d still give it some time.

hawkdriver on September 22, 2011 at 8:00 AM

I’m no fan of compassionate conservative (liberal-big spender) GW Bush, but this is crazy. Barrach Hussein Woods, a better president?

A better golfer? maybe.

Sometimes I really think there is no hope for this country.

stenwin77 on September 22, 2011 at 8:02 AM

Ask Gallup, Ras, PPP, whoever how Barry polls against Ghandi, Budda, Jesus, or Amenhotep, and I’ll bet you’ll get the same results.

Limerick on September 21, 2011 at 9:04 PM

You just HAD to drag Amenhotep into this, didn’t you?

Good Lt on September 22, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Another reason we should encourage that 43% to go their own way. How’s that American union educational system working for you lately? Hmmmm?

Old Country Boy on September 22, 2011 at 8:38 AM

43% of Americans still suffering from media-assisted anal-cranial inversion.

drunyan8315 on September 22, 2011 at 8:44 AM

It is not only ‘low bar’, but it is maliciously deceptive.

The difference between perceived Bush vs. Obama low ratings did not factor in the libs/media’s vastly different coverage of the two.

Sir Napsalot on September 22, 2011 at 10:18 AM

in other news, 43% of americans admit to struggling with crack or crystal meth addiction and pray they’ll be allowed to pay for their habits with their ebt cards

mittens on September 22, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Where on earth are they taking these poles? The country is in the toilet and the POTUS keeps flushing it but out comes these poles that keep the Greek God next to his styrofoam columns reading his prompter promising a golden future if he could just get it by those horrible Republicans. The poles must be targeting the counties around the DC area that are very heavy with government workers. I’m not alone out here by not believing these poles.

mixplix on September 22, 2011 at 12:09 PM

It is Polls not poles. These are neither fences, powerline supports, or East Europeans.

Old Country Boy on September 22, 2011 at 1:20 PM

He’s always going to have the “nice young black man” handicap. No sense in fussing about it. As long as he gets voted out, I don’t care and I bet GWB doesn’t, either.

evergreen on September 22, 2011 at 1:25 PM