Skip to comments.Greatest U.S. President? Public Names Reagan, Clinton, Lincoln
Posted on 02/18/2005 2:23:36 PM PST by NYGOPRULEZ
GALLUP NEWS SERVICE
PRINCETON, NJ -- Depending on where Americans live, on Monday they'll be celebrating the birthday of the nation's first president, George Washington, or Washington's birthday and President Abraham Lincoln's birthday. A recent Gallup Poll asking Americans to name, without prompting, the "greatest United States president," finds Americans most often mentioning Ronald Reagan. Republicans and Democrats differ sharply in their views of the greatest president, with Republicans most often mentioning Reagan and Democrats most often mentioning Bill Clinton. When asked to choose the greater president between Lincoln and Washington, Americans pick Lincoln by a wide margin.
Reagan Tops List
The poll, conducted Feb. 7-10, finds that Reagan is mentioned more often than any other president in history as the greatest, at 20%. Four other presidents trail closely behind: Clinton (with 15% of the mentions), Lincoln (14%), Franklin D. Roosevelt (12%), and John F. Kennedy (also 12%). The current president, George W. Bush, and the first president, Washington, are each mentioned by 5% of Americans.
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Must have polled TV viewers. Clinton shouldn't even rate among people who know history.
Clinton belongs nowhere near that list.
FReepmail me if you want to be on or off the list.
...still trying to provide a legacy for Clinton...
You mean the guy on the dollar bill?
Proof that "history" for too many Americans is the span between their own birth and death. Pity.
You guys are taking this mention of Clinton all wrong.
Democrats do not know any history, and the only president they can think of that isn't Bush, his father, or Reagan is Bill Clinton, since it was an open ended question, they had no one else to choose.
Reagan among the top, IMO yes. Clinton??? No way. Take the poll in a few decades nd Clinton's name recognition will hopefully have faded and he'll be relegated to the basement, a position he richly deserves.
It shows how truly clueless the American public is. Washington at the top. Lincoln and FDR should be up there because of leadership during times when our country was engaged in major wars that threatened our national existence. Reagan for much the same reason. Clinton and Kennedy don't belong in the top tier. It's too early to be grading Bush as yet.
4. Bush (43)
I forgot the others mentioned...
Clinton is one of the 5 worst presidents in American history, along with Jimmy "Malaise" Carter, FDR, LBJ, and Woodrow "Woody" Wilson.
There have been other very good presidents, but none have been even close to Washington.
Clinton. Come on. This is a joke. He certainly wasn't the worst, but to name him as the greatest just because he is fresh in mind is a sin. I wish that those polled would have had to name some of their choice's accomplishments. "Those who choose Clinton as America's greatest president named his chief success as 'being a player,' although they were quick to add that his taste in women was his greatest failing."
Well said, and spot on.
Actually, it's an indictment of Clinton, IMHO..look 50% or so of the country is BLUE, right?..and for probably 90% of Democrats alive today the only Dem president they can relate to, besides Clinton, is Carter..I actually expected he would win the thing..which would have been even funnier..
Seriously now- what do his supporters list as his "great" accomplishments? Anyone? What are they saying? If I asked the DUnces to name the best things Clinturd did, what would they say?
Well, I guess it only proves most Americans are not as partisan as we are here.
Clinton's still trying to have some kind of legacy. Problem is that none of his accomplishments are listed. By the way...What were his accomplishments, BL?
Open your narrow mind, CG. :)
Sadly, what this poll really reveals is that a good many American's "historical perspective" only goes back about ten years. I'd be willing to bet that in less than 50 years, Bill Clinton will be ranked right along side Millard Fillmore and James Buchanan.
THAT'S MORE LIKE IT!!!! Thank you.
Plus Thomas Jefferson, too. Too bad so few of my FReeper friends have read "The Real Lincoln" by Thomas DiLorenzo.
CLINTON!!!???? *grabs barf bag*
We salute him!
Who's Washington? I've never heard of this guy.
Clinton is decent choice, but FDR did nothing but buy votes with borrowed money and JFK is the most over rated person in human history.
Agreed. I have yet to hear a reputable historian with the take on Lincoln that DiLosero has.
Opps, missed your point. But I stand by my comment. DiLorenzo is packing an agenda-tinted perspective on Lincoln. His book is less a critique on Lincoln, and more a critique on DiLorenzo's own warped view of history.
It's an indictment of public stupity. ; )
this just shows the ignorance of the American public in general.......how pathetic that many citizens have no concept of history and it's importance......all they care about is their new MP3 player........disgusting....
Bill Clinton ranks ahead of George Washington? That tells us more about the respondents than the presidents. (Bill Clinton is not worthy to lick Washington's boots -- nor would Washington let him.)
I can't figure out why anyone on either side would say Clinton, other than out of sheer laziness of thought: He's the first to come to mind for some because he was the last Democrat in office. I mean, if I were a liberal, Clinton still wouldn't even be in the top 10!
The top ten
9. Theodore Roosevelt
10.Warren G. Harding (Don't laugh; he dismantled the high taxes and police state policies of Woodrow Wilson; Paul Johnson argues persuasively that he was a great president)
Just goes to show you the idiocy of the people Gallup picked for this poll.
My "poll" ( which is just as relevant as a Gallup poll because I say it is) has Reagan at #1, Washington at #2, Theodore Roosevelt at #3 and George W. Bush at #4 and climbing.
Clinton, impeached and disgraced "polled" at #-8
And any misleading and lying "news" reports were in his favor.
James K. Polk
You're right. I'm ashamed.
Is it just me - or has Dubya accomplished about for times as much in his first term than the impeached *Crinton did in eight years?
Try not to be too upset by polls like this. I can still remember when Carter was always mentioned. Well, history finally has him in his designated spot, near the last.