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Obama Ranked Second-Best And Second-Worst President

| by Ray Brown

In a recent poll, many people believe former President Barack Obama was the greatest president since World War II. But many other people think he's the worst.

When asked who is the greatest president since World War II, 30 percent of responders to a Quinnipiac University poll named Ronald Reagan. Just behind Reagan was Obama, with 29 percent saying he deserves that title.

John F. Kennedy finished a distant third with 12 percent and Bill Clinton was fourth with 9 percent. Only 3 percent chose Dwight D. Eisenhower and George W. Bush, respectively. Close behind were Jimmy Carter, Harry Truman, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson, who pushed through the landmark Civil Rights Act, all of whom received 2 percent of the vote.

Less than 1 percent believed Richard Nixon, the only president to resign from office, was the greatest president ever.

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Obama's popularity has increased dramatically in the past two years. In a 2014 poll, only 8 percent said Obama was the greatest president since World War II, according to the Washington Post.

But Obama is still vilified by a large number of people, as well.

When asked who is the worst president, Nixon topped the list with 24 percent, while Obama was right behind him with 23 percent.

Obama even outranked George W. Bush for the "worst president ever" title, for whom 22 percent voted as the worst.

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Carter came in fourth with 10 percent saying he's the worst. And Reagan, despite his popularity, just outranked Clinton for worst ever status, 5 percent to 4 percent.

For Obama, however, finishing second  on the list of worst presidents is an improvement from 2014, when he topped the list with 33 percent, according to USA Today.

Sources: Washington Post, Quinnipiac, USA Today/ Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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