Majority Believes Obama Administration ‘Less Competent’ Than Bush, Clinton


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A majority of Americans believe the Obama Administration is a less competent occupant of the White House than either of President Barack Obama’s two Presidential forebears: one a Democrat; the other a Republican.

In a wide-ranging phone poll of 1,000 registered voters conducted over the first three days of June, FOX News found that, on the heels of the Veterans Affairs hospital scandal and the controversial exchange of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban detainees, the Obama Administration’s standing among Americans generally has taken a substantial hit.

Asked whether the Obama Administration has made America stronger or weaker, 55 percent of all respondents replied “weaker,” compared with 35 percent who felt the Nation has become stronger under Obama.

That sentiment carried over into questions about the Obama Administration’s comparative strength alongside the Administration of his immediate predecessor, President George W. Bush, as well as that of President Bill Clinton — Obama’s last Democratic successor in the White House.

Overall, 48 percent believed the Obama White House is “less competent” than the Bush White House, while 42 percent disagreed. And, in an evident indication that Americans continue to hold the Bush Administration in low esteem, even more people believe Obama’s White House leadership to be incompetent when compared with Clinton.

A full 68 percent believe the Obama Administration is less competent than the Clinton Administration, with only 18 percent weighing in in favor of Obama.

And, even though much of the controversy surrounding the Bergdahl release had yet to metastasize at the time the poll was conducted, more people — 47 percent — indicated their disapproval for the Bergdahl-Taliban prisoner swap than the 45 percent who approved.

Additionally, the Bergdahl story — at least in the early going — had failed to focus public attention away from the broad Veterans Affairs scandal. Seventy-eight percent of those polled said they were following the VA mismanagement story either “very” closely (45 percent) or “somewhat” closely (33 percent), while half believed prisoners at Guantanamo Bay receive better healthcare than that received by U.S. veterans. And 59 percent said they disapprove of how the Obama Administration had handled the VA scandal; only 29 percent approved.

Obama’s 54 percent overall disapproval rating nearly matches his all-time high of 55 percent disapproval, which he reached in November of last year. His current approval rating, however, matches the 40 percent he received in that iteration of the poll.

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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