Barack Obama just received some crushing news.
The former president is just about dead even with President Donald Trump in the eyes of American voters, a new survey shows, despite Obama’s jeremiad last week excoriating the current president as unfit to lead.
Obama tied with Trump in polls
According to the Rasmussen poll, 49 percent of voters think Obama was a “better president” than Trump is, while 47 percent think Trump is better.
That’s quite a statement, especially because the survey was taken right after last week’s televised Democratic National Convention, which focused almost single-mindedly on Donald Trump’s supposed failures.
Obama himself gave a blistering speech on the third night, where he called Trump an incompetent and hateful leader who was placing democracy in jeopardy.
“For close to four years now, he has shown no interest in putting in the work. No interest in finding common ground, no interest in using the awesome power of his office to help anyone but himself and his friends,” Obama said. “No interest in treating the presidency as anything but one more reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves. Donald Trump hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t, and the consequences of that failure are severe.”
But it looks like roughly half the country disagrees with Obama’s view of the matter.
Trump gaining momentum?
Although Obama is viewed fondly by the liberal base, about a third of surveyed voters, 37 percent, believe that he is the “worst” president ever, in a testament to just how divisive the former president actually was. 33 percent said “the best,” and 29 percent said in-between.
Of course, Trump isn’t running against Obama, but that’s one more reason for him to feel positive about this election as he faces off with Obama’s former vice president, “Sleepy Joe,” who Obama reluctantly endorsed.
Recent polls have Trump gaining on Biden, including a notable CNN poll which found that Trump was trailing his rival by just four points.
The president is making his case to the American people for another four years this week, with a nominating convention focused on the theme that America is a great country where anyone can succeed. While Democrats have of course attacked it, the first night of the convention received rave reviews from many viewers.
If Trump wins a second term, Obama’s legacy is toast.