American history education is at such a low point that polls about the best or worst anything “ever” are meaningless. Very few people these days have the foggiest notion of what happened before they came on the scene. It’s why there are so many YouTube videos about the “Worst Movies Ever” that include nothing made before 1995 (they never heard of Ed Wood?) It’s also why polls on the “Worst President Ever” are fairly pointless. How many people these days can honestly say whether Trump or Biden was better or worse at the job than, say, James K. Polk?
But a new Rasmussen poll that shows Biden falling into “Worst President Ever” territory does contain some useful info worth discussing.
Respondents were about evenly split on whether Obama was among the best ever, the worst or about average. That seems reasonable and predictable. With Trump, 41% said best, 43% said worst, and only 12% said average, which suggests that his coverage was so partisan and feelings so inflamed that hardly anyone was on the fence. But it was still a pretty even split. However, with Biden, 25% said average, only a diehard partisan 15% said best, and a whopping 54% said “worst.” Even among Democrats, “worst” edged out “best” by 28-27%.
Assessing Biden’s place in history will fall to historians, if there are any unbiased historians left. But you know he’s doing a pretty lousy job when even his own partisan base is more likely to think he’s the worst President ever than the best.
Oh, and for the record, trust me: James K. Polk was a FAR better President than Biden. Polk oversaw bringing Texas and most of the states that are now the western half of the US into the union from Mexico. All Biden’s done is open up the borders of those states.