Oh, my. Chimpy gets beat out by his one-termer dad.And Jimmy Carter.
History’s view of George W. Bush will be harsh, Americans predict.
In a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday, a 54% majority says Bush will be judged as a below-average or poor president, more than double the negative rating given any of his five most recent predecessors.
Just 19% expect him to be seen as outstanding or above average, placing him last among the six. Bush, re-elected in 2004, now trails three presidents who were rejected by voters when they sought second or full terms, including his father, George H.W. Bush.
Rated most highly: Ronald Reagan, seen as outstanding or above average by 64%, below average or poor by 10%.
Bill Clinton ranks second; 45% say he will go down in history as an outstanding or above-average president. He is followed by Jimmy Carter, the elder Bush and Gerald Ford.
Ford’s positive rating is 23%, only slightly better than the current president. However, just 12% give Ford a negative rating, less than one-fourth of that given Bush.