Almost half of Americans think Trump was worst president ever, with Obama named best, poll finds

Results show a polarised nation, with Obama also ranking highly for ‘worst presidents’ in poll

Namita Singh
Friday 12 February 2021 12:28
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<p>File Image: Former President Donald Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump board Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews before boarding Air Force One for his last time as President on 20 January 2021 in Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.</p>

File Image: Former President Donald Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump board Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews before boarding Air Force One for his last time as President on 20 January 2021 in Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.

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Former president Donald Trump has been named as the worst president in US history in a new YouGov poll, while his predecessor Barack Obama was voted the best.

The results of the survey, produced with The Economist, show the polarisation of US political opinions at the end of the Trump presidency and as he is facing an impeachment trial in the Senate over the Capitol insurrection.

Asked who they felt was the worst president in history, 46 per cent of respondents named Mr Trump. The survey was conducted between 6 and 9 February with almost 1,500 participants.

Mr Obama was named the worst president by 24 per cent of respondents, while former president Richard Nixon – who left office in ignominy after the Watergate scandal – was named the worst by 5 per cent of people.

Respondents in the survey were also asked who they thought was the best president in history, and here the results were much closer. Mr Obama narrowly topped the list on 18 per cent, followed by 17 per cent who voted for Abraham Lincoln. But then Mr Trump was voted as the best by 13 per cent, making him third in the list ahead of Franklin D Roosevelt.

The poll also looked at the different aspects related to Mr Trump’s impeachment trial in the wake of the Capitol riots, and the mandate was largely against him.

About 43 per cent of the participants felt he had “a lot” of responsibility for the violent siege of the Capitol that left five people dead, while 30 per cent said that he had none.

About 41 per cent of the participants strongly approved of Mr Trump’s impeachment by the US House of Representatives, while 35 per cent strongly opposed the proceedings. And about 47 per cent believe that the US Senate should vote to convict Mr Trump for the insurrection while 42 per cent voted against it.

Over half the participants (53 per cent) were opposed to the idea of Mr Trump running for president again. A total of 37 per cent said they would support it.

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