About six in 10 likely voters say President Obama’s would-be “Secretary of Explaining Stuff” did a better job in the White House than the current commander-in-chief.
Sixty-two percent consider President Bill Clinton a better president than Mr. Obama, according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll. Twenty percent prefer Mr. Obama, and 18 percent are undecided.
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The figure is close to 59 percent who preferred Mr. Clinton in a poll conducted around the time of the Democratic National Convention last year, where Mr. Obama joked that he should name Mr. Clinton his “Secretary of Explaining Stuff” after the 42nd president’s impassioned defense of the 44th president and his policies in Charlotte, North Carolina.
On Tuesday, Mr. Clinton made headlines by calling on Mr. Obama to make good on his oft-stated promise that consumers can keep their health-insurance plans if they like them under the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. And next week, Mr. Obama will present Mr. Clinton the Medal of Freedom for serving as president and his more recent work with the Clinton Global Initiative.
The two men have had a complicated relationship dating back to Mr. Obama’s campaign against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary en route to the White House.
A plurality of voters — 41 percent — say Mr. Clinton is a plus for Mrs. Clinton’s hopes for the White House. Twenty percent say he’s a minus and 32 percent say he won’t have an impact.
The survey of 1,000 likely voters was taken Nov. 13-14 and has a margin of error of two percentage points.