Survey: Partisan historical assessments of Obama, Bush differ most

In addition to the politically polarized views of Obama and Bush, there are also large partisan gaps in ratings of Clinton and Reagan. However, Democrats and Republicans at least agree that Clinton and Reagan will be judged positively; they differ in the extent of the positive ratings.

Americans’ highly polarized views of those four presidents are consistent with previous Gallup research showing they had the most polarized job approval ratings while president.

Republicans’ and Democrats’ ratings are most similar for Gerald Ford. The net rating for Ford, based on the difference in the percentage rating him an outstanding or above-average president and the percentage rating him below average or poor, is -6 for Republicans and -3 for Democrats.

The party gaps in ratings are also relatively small for Nixon, Dwight Eisenhower, and Kennedy.

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