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‘House of Cards’ president more popular than Obama


Americans prefer the fictional commanders in chief found on TV — even the corrupt or conniving ones such as “House of Cards” ’ Frank Underwood and “Scandal’s” Fitzgerald Grant — to President Obama, according to a new poll.

A Reuters-Ipsos survey conducted this month finds while only 46 percent of those polled around the country have a favorable opinion of President Obama, a whopping 82 percent gave a positive rating to “The West Wing’s” President Josiah Bartlet, played on the NBC show by Martin Sheen, and 89 percent approved of the job President David Palmer, played by Dennis Haysbert, did on Fox’s “24.”

{mosads}Another 78 percent offered their seal of approval to SyFy’s “Battlestar Galactica” President Laura Roslin, played by Mary McDonnell.

And while Underwood, the executive mansion resident on Netflix’s “House of Cards” played by Kevin Spacey, is known for his devious schemes and murderous tendencies, he still garnered a higher approval rating than the real-life president, with 57 percent of respondents who have seen the show saying they have a favorable opinion of him.

Sixty percent of those polled offered a thumbs-up to Tony Goldwyn’s presidential character on ABC’s “Scandal,” despite Fitzgerald Grant’s penchant for affairs and booze.

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