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Gallup: Reagan Is Greatest US President

Some mildly encouraging news for a change, from Gallup:

Americans Say Reagan Is the Greatest U.S. President

Lincoln and Clinton next on the list; Washington fifth

by Frank Newport
February 18, 2011

PRINCETON, NJ — Ahead of Presidents Day 2011, Americans are most likely to say Ronald Reagan was the nation’s greatest president — slightly ahead of Abraham Lincoln and Bill Clinton. Reagan, Lincoln, or John F. Kennedy has been at the top of this "greatest president" list each time this question has been asked in eight surveys over the last 12 years…

In the eight times Gallup has asked this same "greatest president" question over the last 12 years, one of three presidents — Lincoln, Reagan, and Kennedy — has topped the list each time. Reagan was the top vote getter in 2001, 2005, and now 2011. Lincoln won in 1999, in two 2003 surveys, and in 2007. Kennedy was on top in 2000, and tied with Lincoln in November 2003.

Americans as a group have a propensity to mention recent presidents, not surprising given that the average American constantly hears about and from presidents in office during their lifetime, and comparatively little about historical presidents long dead. Four of the five most recent presidents are in the top 10 greatest presidents list this year — Obama, George W. Bush, Clinton, and Reagan…

Of course the fact that Mr. Clinton shows up at number three and Mr. Obama at number seven on the list is somewhat unsettling.

But if Gallup had oversampled Democrats the way our media pollsters usually do, one of them would probably win every year.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, February 19th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Gallup: Reagan Is Greatest US President”

  1. untrainable says:

    So, I thought the era of Reagan was dead… 2 years ago. The liberals had buried his legacy under years of propaganda and given us the new messiah… Barry Hussein Otero Obama… the won we had been waiting for. [wretch… shudder]

    People are looking for the kind of leadership that Reagan demonstrated, ’cause there isn’t any in Washington now. The moral vacuum that exists in Washington makes people long for better days, and thinking in those terms Reagan pops to mind first. Since people have a propensity to mention recent presidents I wonder who would win the vote for “Worst US President”. (Never thought I’d say this) I’d vote Obama.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    To bastardize an old quote (probably apocryphal) of Ledru-Rollin:

    Obama, after watching the teacher protests in Wisconsin, said: “There go the people. I must follow them, for I am their leader.”

    Seems to fit.


  3. proreason says:

    Little Lenin is becoming the gift that keeps on giving. His impact could last for 40 years.

    But it’s also true that a wounded animal is the most dangerous animal.

    Like any animal, the Moron will do anything to survive, and any creature that gets in his path at his rabid peak is in extremely dangerous territory.

  4. beautyofreason says:

    Oh my. Clinton number three, really? What did he do for the country that makes him so notable? Reagan was a defining figure of the generation; the Soviet Union changed permanently…
    Abraham Lincoln was also a defining figure, he fought a hard war to keep the South from seceding and helped to end slavery.

    What did Bill Clinton do? Receive *@^% sex in the the Oval Office? I mean seriously, can anyone name a defining generational moment in his presidency?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Blue dress came to my mind first but then he didn’t have relations with that woman, Miss Lewinski.
      Bill did receive oval sex in the Oral Office.

  5. untrainable says:

    Bill Clinton was the first US president to bomb an abandoned Sudanese asprin factory.

  6. Right of the People says:

    Worst US presidents:
    1 FDR: began socializing US
    2 Obummer: trying to finish socializing US
    3 Carter: need I say more?
    4 JFK: Bay of Pigs, Vietnam escalation, Cuban missile “crisis”
    5 Wilson: League of Nations
    Honorable mention: Slick Willy, Andrew Johnson

    • proreason says:

      My view:

      1 Bam (words don’t suffice)

      1000 Wilson (he started it)
      1001 Carter (couldn’t learn if he lives to a thousand)
      1002 LBJ (thug a lug)
      1003 Bubba (bowling for trollops)
      1004 FDR (he didn’t know any better)

    • Petronius says:

      Nerobama’s Top Ten World Leaders :
      (with credit to Bill Ayers for help with this list)

      1. Josef Stalin
      2. V. Lenin
      3. Felix Dzerzhinski
      4. Nikolai “the Poison Dwarf” Yezhov
      5. V. Menzhinsky
      6. Yevgeny Tuchkov
      7. Mao Zedong
      8. Pol Pot
      9. Che Guevara & Fidel Castro (tie)
      10. Saul Alinsky

  7. Chuckk says:

    I find it hard to believe that 1% think Carter was a good president. The polling must have been take in a mental institution.

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