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Move over, Jimmy Carter: Survey finds Obama is the worst president since World War II

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Oh, how the mighty have fallen. From Greek pillars and “Hope and Change” to this:

President Obama is now considered the worst U.S. president since World War II, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

The survey, which was conducted from June 24-30, found that 33 percent of registered voters believe Obama is the worst commander in chief since the defeat of the Axis Powers.

Surprisingly enough, Obama polled worse than former presidents George W. Bush, who earned 28 percent of the vote, and Richard Nixon, who polled at around 13 percent.

Former President Jimmy Carter received only 8 percent of the vote.

The survey found that voters give Obama poor marks across the board, a trend that can be seen in polls from just about every major research group.

The Quinnipiac poll comes at a time when the White House is scrambling to address several serious and persistent scandals, including the Internal Revenue Service's admitted targeting of conservative groups, the deadly 2012 terrorist attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, alleged corruption and widespread mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs and the administration's decision to act without Congress to trade Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban officers.

Fifty-three percent of respondents in the Quinnipiac survey disapprove of the job Obama is doing, while only 40 percent approve.

Further, the survey, which polled 1,446 registered voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points, found that 54 percent of voters believe that the Obama administration is wholly incompetent and that those in charge are not fit to run the government.

No other candidate considered for the title of “worst president since World War II” polled worse than 3 percent.

On the other hand, when asked to rate the best president since World War II, a plurality of respondents chose Ronald Reagan, handing him 35 percent of the vote.

No other president considered for this category comes close: Bill Clinton comes in second with 18 percent of the vote, John Kennedy comes in third with 15 percent of the vote and way, way down the line, Obama comes in fourth with only 8 percent of the vote.

Every other post-World War II president came in with 5 percent of the vote or less.

For example, exactly 5 percent of survey respondents say Dwight Eisenhower was the best president since the Second World War, while 4 percent said Harry Truman. Three percent of respondents said Lyndon Johnson and George H.W. Bush.

But here's the most interesting takeaway from the Quinnipiac University poll: A plurality of voters apparently regret the outcome of the 2012 presidential election.

Indeed, an impressive 45 percent of respondents actually said that the U.S. would be better off had former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the White House in 2012.

Only 38 percent of respondents disagreed with this.

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