NH weighs in on best, worst Presidents
DOVER — A handful of local people feel President Barack Obama is not living up to expectations and pales in comparison to his predecessors in the past 70 years.
A new Quinnipiac University poll, which surveyed 1,446 people via phone from June 24-30, determined that 33 percent of participants believed Obama is the worst President since World War II. He was joined by George W. Bush and Richard Nixon, who received 28 and 13 percent, respectively.
On the other hand, 35 percent of those surveyed said Ronald Reagan was the best of the 12 Presidents who have served since World War II. Bill Clinton earned second place with 18 percent, John Kennedy received 15 percent for third place. Obama received 8 percent.
Dover resident Amy Matthews agreed with the poll results, but was not sure what people would think in another 10, 20 or 30 years.
“I don’t know enough about the earlier Presidents,” Matthews said. “There’s a lot to choose from.”
Shelly Hubbard, of Barrington, also said Reagan was the best while Obama is the worst.
“Reagan was for prosperity,” Hubbard said. “Obama just walks over the Constitution.”
Hubbard said it’s interesting how history will view past presidencies.
“Nixon got impeached for what he did,” Hubbard said, adding Obama is getting away with much more.
“Kennedy did a lot to ease racial tensions,” Hubbard said. “Obama’s seems to be doing a lot to make things worse.”
Joe Giglio, of Newmarket, also agrees with the poll results.
“My life was better under George W. Bush,” Giglio said, adding he doesn’t believe George W. Bush deserves to be rated so poorly.
Giglio agrees Reagan remains the best for his policies of small government and individualism.
“I think we’re good with Reagan,” Giglio said.
John MacLean, of Dover, disagreed with the poll’s findings.
“I think the biggest objection is Reagan (as the best) because he set the groundwork for the income disparity we see today,” MacLean said, adding he also feels Clinton was the best of the bunch.
“I think he did things that are typical of both Democrats and Republicans,” MacLean said.
Dover resident Jason Trump disagreed with the results.
“I would say Reagan was better than Obama,” said Jason Trump, of Dover. “I would say Bill Clinton was the best.”
Nonetheless, Trump said Obama is trying to make things better, but is being hindered by outside factors.
Trump said George H.W. Bush had bad policies which were continued by his son, George W. Bush. He added Clinton did a lot for America.
“He (Clinton) kept the deficit down, and there were plenty of jobs,” Trump said.
Age, experience and perspective play major parts in opinion.
“Of the Republicans, I’d pick Ike (Eisenhower), and of the Democrats, I’d pick Clinton,” said Sharon Reynolds, of Dover.
Reynolds said that she chose Dwight D. Eisenhower because “he warned us about the military-industrial complex” while she believes Clinton helped the economy.
For more information on the poll, go to quinnipiac.edu/polling.