HNN Poll: 61% of Historians Rate the Bush Presidency Worst

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    A Pew Research Center poll released last week found that the share of the American public that approves of President George W. Bush has dropped to a new low of 28 percent.

    An unscientific poll of professional historians completed the same week produced results far worse for a president clinging to the hope that history will someday take a kinder view of his presidency than does contemporary public opinion.

    In an informal survey of 109 professional historians conducted over a three-week period through the History News Network, 98.2 percent assessed the presidency of Mr. Bush to be a failure while 1.8 percent classified it as a success.

    Asked to rank the presidency of George W. Bush in comparison to those of the other 41 American presidents, more than 61 percent of the historians concluded that the current presidency is the worst in the nation’s history. Another 35 percent of the historians surveyed rated the Bush presidency in the 31st to 41st category, while only four of the 109 respondents ranked the current presidency as even among the top two-thirds of American administrations.

    At least two of those who ranked the current president in the 31-41 ranking made it clear that they placed him next-to-last, with only James Buchanan, in their view, being worse. “He is easily one of the 10-worst of all time and—if the magnitude of the challenges and opportunities matter—then probably in the bottom five, alongside Buchanan, Johnson, Fillmore, and Pierce,” wrote another historian.

    The reason for the hesitancy some historians had in categorizing the Bush presidency as the worst ever, which led them to place it instead in the “nearly the worst” group, was well expressed by another historian who said, “It is a bit too early to judge whether Bush's presidency is the worst ever, though it certainly has a shot to take the title. Without a doubt, it is among the worst.”

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    Don't worry right wing. If the poll was taken using professionals and college professors, it obviously doesn't mean anything.

    And PEW? They are the ones who said only 6% of scientists were Republicans. And yes, the Grand Canyon really did happen because of "Noah's Flood".
     
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    Let's see......Historians are a bunch of elitist liberals

    Just like ...Scientists are a bunch of elitist liberals


    Don't like the message...attack the messenger
     
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    smart people have a left leaning bias.
     
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    No partisan polls here:
    April 2011
    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters say the nation’s current economic problems are due to the recession which began under the Bush administration. Thirty-nine percent (39%), however, believe Obama's policies are to blame.
    Consistent with past findings, 86% of Democrats blame the recession which began under the Bush administration, while 73% of Republicans blame Obama’s policies. Among voters not affiliated with either political party, 52% say the problems started under Bush, while 32% point their finger at Obama.

    Most Voters Still Blame Bush Recession for Bad Economy - Rasmussen Reports™

    June/July 2011
    Update: 49% Blame Bad Economy on Bush's Recession, 44% on Obama's Policies
    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters now blame the bad economy on the recession which began under the Bush administration. Forty-four percent (44%) blame the economic problems on Obama's policies. That's the narrowest the blame gap has been since October of last year.

    49% Blame Bad Economy on Bush's Recession, 44% on Obama's Policies - Rasmussen Reports™
    Bush is down 4% and Obama is up 5%!
    Give it a few more months and perhaps they will be tied! :eek:
     
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    And Rass usually leans to the right of all other polls
     
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    LOL Who the fuck cares?

    These are the same idiots who rate FDR who presided over an economy worse than the 7 Biblical Lean years as "the Greatest"

    It's a Joke.

    Bush sucked for sure, but Carter and Obama were worse
     
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    There are no unbiased polls.
     
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    Rass leans right
     
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    This is like the All Star Game voting. Sometimes good players are left out, sometimes lousy players get in. That's just how it is in a popularity contest.

    Besides, NO ONE will change my opinion that Woodrow Wilson was the worst President ever JUST for signing the Federal Reserve Act into Law. Even HE said that was a mistake and we've been slaves to the Bankers ever since.
     

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