Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Presidential Scholars' Poll Ranks 0bama #18 Overall,
Ahead of Jimmuh Carter,
Behind President Walt Disney

No, this is not from the Onion. ... happily; 

instead from the Brookings Institute, a Lib. think-tank funded by Liberal lobbyists on K street, ... 
just as happ'ly.

http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/fixgov/posts/2015/02/13-obama-measuring-presidential-greatness-vaughn-rottinghaus

We decided to conduct our own, original poll of several hundred members of the American Political Science Association on the topic of presidential greatness and President Obama’s current place in history (more on the methodology below.) The results of our survey of political scientists with expertise in the American presidency include findings similar to other such polls and some intriguing new evidence, as well.

First, {controversial leader} Obama ranks 18th overall, but beneath the surface of the aggregate figures lurks evidence of significant ambivalence.

For example, those who view Obama as one of the worst American presidents outnumber those who view him as one of the best by nearly a 3-1 margin. Similarly, nearly twice as many respondents view Obama as over-rated than do those who consider him under-rated.

One area where there is significant expert consensus about the president, however, concerns how polarizing he is viewed as being - only George W. Bush was viewed as more a more polarizing president.

What can we take away from this? First, it is easy to infer that scholars and the public alike expected greatness from Obama early on and awarded it to him prematurely.  .... there is still plenty of time left in his presidency to lay the foundation for future claims on the empty spot to the right of Lincoln on Mount Rushmore’s granite façade. 

The Brookings.edu website does not offer a link to the survey to which it attributes, sadly~.  However, please note that the survey was conducted by a professor at the University of Houston, named "Rottinghaus".  
That name/word alone describes
America under Barry Zerobama's reign. 

http://www.polsci.uh.edu/faculty/rottinghaus/research.htm

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