Obama: Both Above And Below Average

Mark Blumenthal and Emily Swanson analyze Obama’s polling:


The combination of relative optimism about the president himself and negative feelings about the economy may be reflected in feelings about Obama’s place in history. The HuffPost/YouGov poll finds that 37 percent of Americans think Obama’s presidency will go down in history as great or above average, while 42 percent say it will go down as poor or below average.

In a Gallup poll conducted early in 2012, a comparable 38 percent said that Obama would be considered an outstanding or above-average president. The poll also asked respondents to rate the last seven president before Obama. Only two (Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton) scored higher than Obama on being an above-average or better president, and only two (George W. Bush and Richard Nixon) scored worse than Obama on being below average or worse.