A new poll by Pew Research revealed that 46% of Americans think President Obama will be remembered as an above average to outstanding president, while 26% believe he will be remembered as an average president. This means that 72% of Americans think the current president will be remembered well.
According to Pew Research:
The latest national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted Nov. 30-Dec. 5 among 1,502 adults, finds that 45% expect Obama to be remembered as an above average or outstanding president, while 26% expect he will be viewed as average, and about as many (27%) say he’ll be seen as a below average or poor president.
Obama fares well when compared with past presidents. Expectations for Obama’s historical record are far more positive than those of George W. Bush at the end of his term (when 57% predicted that he would be remembered as a below average or poor president), and are roughly on par with views of Bill Clinton when he left office.
Only Ronald Reagan was predicted to fare better in the eyes of history upon leaving office than Obama.
Obama has spent eight years governing a country that has seen its partisan divides grow through no fault of his own. This president tried for most of his first term to find common ground with his critics, but Republicans decided before he took office that they would not be working with this president on anything.
It is remarkable that Obama is thought so highly of when every single day in office he faced relentless Republican obstruction.
Appreciation for Obama is will probably only grow after the American people get a dose of governing style of Donald Trump.
President Obama has overcome a great deal and led the country with dignity and grace.
As he gets ready to leave office, the American people are finally giving Obama his due.