The worst president? A poll says it's Bush

The incumbent has Nixon beat, 2-to-1.

Tim Grieve
June 1, 2006 4:23PM (UTC)

Finally, there's a poll George W. Bush can win.

In a new Quinnipiac University poll, 34 percent of Americans pick Bush as the worst president in modern history, leading the pack and bringing in twice as many votes as a guy named Richard Nixon.

The best president? Ronald Reagan, with 28 percent. And in a sign of the intensity of feelings that still surround the Clinton presidency, Bill Clinton turns up in second place on both the worst and the best lists. Sixteen percent of the respondents say Clinton is the worst president; 25 percent say he's the best.

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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