Is President Barack Obama as bad a leader as his predecessor — the universally despised George W. Bush?
A growing number of Americans believe so. In fact, the number of Obama doubters has grown so dramatically in recent months that Americans are now almost evenly split over which President is worse — Bush or Obama.
In the poll, 47 percent approve of Obama’s performance as President compared to 45 percent for Bush. That two percent is within the poll’s margin for error which — in polling terms — is a statistical dead heat.
One year ago, Obama led Bush by 23 points.
A year ago, Obama had been President for nine months. As Americans get to know him more, they like him less and an approval rating that was so high 12 months ago has dropped dramatically.
In more bad news for the current President and his party, the poll shows Republicans lead Democrats by huge advantages among men, independents and blue collar whites — the very demographics that put the party of the jackass in power in 2006 and turned the White House over to Obama in 2008.
“Democrats may want to think twice about bringing up former President George W. Bush‘s name while campaigning this year,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.