According to a recent survey, an overwhelming majority of Americans, including a majority of Democrats, hold the belief that President Joe Biden is being significantly influenced by former President Barack Obama or is a “puppet” of Obama.
Those who have been critical of Obama’s decision to remain in or near Washington after serving two terms as president are favored in the poll.
The residences of the most recent presidents have been repopulated subsequent to their terms in the Oval Office.
Following his two terms in office, former President Ronald Reagan relocated to California, whereas former Presidents George H.W. Bush and his son George W. Bush both made their way back to Texas.
Former President Donald Trump also visited his Mar-a-Lago estate and resort during the final days of his term in January 2021.
Nevertheless, both of the nation’s most recent Democratic presidents maintained a considerable degree of proximity to the capital.
After his term expired, Bill Clinton did not revisit Arkansas, whereas Barack Obama purchased residences in Washington and Martha’s Vineyard, both of which he had no prior association with prior to his political career.
The majority of Americans, according to a Rasmussen Reports survey conducted last week, believe Obama has a significant impact on the nation’s trajectory.
The pollster inquired whether respondents believed Biden was acting as Obama’s “puppet” or whether the former president was exerting some sort of influence.
When questioned about whether Obama is “influencing the policies of the Biden administration,” 63% of prospective voters concurred that Biden does not operate his own show independently.
Surprisingly, 56% of Democrats surveyed responded in the same manner.
“A majority of voters think former President Barack Obama is influencing President Joe Biden’s administration, and agree with a GOP congressman’s claim that Biden is really a ‘puppet’ for progressives,” Rasmussen noted.
Republican Representative Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania, who criticized Obama for remaining in Washington and was assailed by MSNBC in 2017 during the second month of Trump’s tenure, appeared to have the support of the poll.
“President Obama himself said he was going to stay in Washington until his daughter graduated,” Kelly stated. “I think we ought to pitch in to let him go someplace else, because he is only there for one purpose and one purpose only, and that is to run a shadow government that is going to totally upset the new agenda.”
At that moment, Steve Benen of MSNBC deemed Kelly’s remark “silly” and a conspiracy theorist.
Benin’s reasoning and the Rasmussen survey indicate that the majority of Democrats could also be categorized as conspiracy theorists.
According to the poll, Obama enjoys greater popularity than Biden.
Fifty-two percent of those surveyed held a favorable opinion of Obama, while only 45 percent held the same opinion of Biden.
Rasmussen surveyed 935 probable electors between January 15 and January 17.
The survey yielded an estimated margin of error of +/-3 percentage points, accompanied by a confidence level of 95 percent.