As President Joe Biden’s job approval ratings plunge to near-record lows, even his own party thinks some Republicans did a better job.
A new Pew Research Center when asked to name the best president in recent history, Democrats named Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and even Ronald Reagan ahead of Biden, The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard reports.
Even self-proclaimed “liberals” were more likely to name Reagan as a better president than Biden.
Biden’s standing is likely to be even lower now. The poll was conducted in July and September, when his approval ratings were higher.
Obama, whom Biden served as vice president, is still king of the hill nearly five years after he left office, replaced by Trump. Democrats chose Obama over Biden by about 13-1 and Clinton over Biden by an average of 3-1.
Worse, the percentage of Democrats who chose Biden as best was in the mid to low single digits, just behind Reagan among factions dubbed “Establishment Liberals,” “Democratic Mainstays,” and “Outsider Left” that Pew said make up 67% of the party.
Among the four groups identified within the Democrat Party, only the “Progressive Left” was more likely to name Biden better than Reagan, but even then it was only by an eight percent to three percent margin.
Additional Pew research finds that during Reagan’s presidency he was viewed favorably by an average of 31 percent of Democrats and 83 percent of Republicans.
The latest Gallup poll finds Biden with just 34 percent approval among independents. A 2001 ABC News/Washington Post poll of Reagan’s post-presidency found 68 percent approval among independents.
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