Only 20 Percent of Democrats Say Obama a Better President Than Clinton

By Terence P. Jeffrey | September 26, 2011 | 1:16pm EDT

Former President Bill Clinton golfs with President Barack Obama at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., on Sept. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

( - Only 20 percent of Democrats say that President Barack Obama has been a better president than Bill Clinton, according to Gallup, while 56 percent of Americans told Gallup they believe Obama has been the same or worse than George W. Bush.

Among Independents, 67 percent said Obama is the same or worse than Bush.

Bill Clinton was one of only two presidents in history impeached by the House of Representatives. Near the end of his term, in the week before the November 2008 election, George W. Bush had 25 percent approval in the Gallup poll.

From Sept. 15-18, Gallup asked 1,004 adults: “Overall, do you think Barack Obama has been a better president, about the same, or worse than George W. Bush?” Gallup also asked the same question comparing Obama to Clinton.

Overall, 22 percent said Obama was about the same as Bush and 34 percent said he was worse than Bush. Only 43 percent said they thought Obama was a better than Bush.

Thirty-five percent, overall, said Obama was about the same as Clinton and 50 percent said he was worse. Only 12 percent of the Americans polled by Gallup said Obama was a better president than Clinton.

Among Democrats, moreover, only 20 percent said Obama was a better than Clinton--while 51 percent said he was about the same and 29 percent said he was worse.

A similar percentage of Democrats—21 percent—said Obama is about the same (15 percent) or worse (6 percent) than Bush.

Twenty-nine percent of Independents said Obama is the same as Bush and 38 percent said he is worse—for a total of 67 percent of Independents who said Obama is the same or worse than Bush.

Fully 90 percent of Republicans say Obama is the same or worse than Bush.

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