Americans Say Reagan Is the Greatest U.S. President
According to Gallup, 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. Reagan was at the top of the list with 19% favorable while Obama received 5% (while his disapproval rating is at 42%). Jimmy Carter made the list with 1%.
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.
Republicans name Reagan substantially more than anyone else, followed by Washington, Lincoln, Kennedy, and then George W. Bush. Democrats are most likely to say that Clinton was the greatest U.S. president, followed by Kennedy, Barack Obama, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lincoln.
I must admit I am biased and agree that Reagan is the best, at least in my lifetime. Reagan was the first president I voted for. As for history, one could argue for both Washington and Lincoln as the greatest president. As history will prove, the current President is in over his head in dealing with the crisis in Egypt, interfering with the Wisconsin budget battle, and reducing record budget deficits. As Reagan also dealt with many issues during his presidency he said, “Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere.” Good advice for any President, coming from the best.
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