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Poll: Reagan, Clinton Most Popular Presidents
NewsMax ^ | 2 June 2006

Posted on 06/01/2006 9:09:39 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher

Americans believe George W. Bush is the worst president since 1945, while Ronald Reagan was the best and Bill Clinton made both lists in a national Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

Thirty-four percent of those surveyed ranked Bush at the bottom, 17 percent said Richard Nixon was the worst and 16 percent picked Bill Clinton. The poll found 56 percent of Democrats, 35 percent of independent voters and 7 percent of Republicans thought Bush was the worst.

"Democrats just plain don't like President Bush," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "His father, the 41st president, was voted out of the White House after one term. Nixon quit under fire. But most Democrats think Bush 43 wins the worst-president race."

The poll found 58 percent of voters disapprove of the job Bush is doing, the same number that gave him poor marks in a March 2 survey.

But another Republican got higher marks. Twenty-eight percent of voters ranked Ronald Reagan as the best president since 1945, putting him at the top of the list. Bill Clinton came in second with 25 percent, thought 40 percent of voters ages 18-29 ranked him at the top.

The telephone poll of 1,534 registered voters nationwide was conducted May 23-30 with a sampling error margin of about 2.5 percentage points.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: best; bj; poll; potus; slickwilly; thegreatronaldreagan; worst
Well, The Great Ronald Reagan was the best...
1 posted on 06/01/2006 9:09:40 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher
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To: Aussie Dasher

That he surely was..


2 posted on 06/01/2006 9:13:31 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Clinton could have been the best, had the boy been able to "shoot straight".......

Never, ever send a boy to do a man's work.


3 posted on 06/01/2006 9:14:14 PM PDT by Howie66 ("America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people.")
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To: sheik yerbouty

Bush, Nixon, and Clinton also voted the worst presidents


4 posted on 06/01/2006 9:14:26 PM PDT by silentknight
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To: Aussie Dasher

What about Jimmy?


5 posted on 06/01/2006 9:15:24 PM PDT by NinoFan
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To: NinoFan

I meant for worst, not best, LOL.


6 posted on 06/01/2006 9:15:41 PM PDT by NinoFan
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To: NinoFan

Seems his performance was so forgettable, people have blocked it out!


7 posted on 06/01/2006 9:16:30 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

I'm not sure I like Clinton! The whole issue left a bad taste in my mouth!

8 posted on 06/01/2006 9:16:50 PM PDT by JRios1968 (In memoriam...)
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To: Aussie Dasher

>>Thirty-four percent of those surveyed ranked Bush at the bottom, 17 percent said Richard Nixon was the worst and 16 percent picked Bill Clinton.<<

Short memories... Being from Georgia and knowning the good he did here I like Jimmy Carter as a person but as a President and as second guessing ex-president he clearly ranks in the bottom three Presidents of the 20th century with Hoover and Nixon.


9 posted on 06/01/2006 9:17:42 PM PDT by gondramB (We may have done a lill' bit of fightin amongst ourselves but you outside people best leave us alone)
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To: Aussie Dasher

The poll got Reagan right, but I'd have to say "Jimmah" was the worst.


10 posted on 06/01/2006 9:17:46 PM PDT by Kellykoop (All you need to start an asylum is an empty room and the right kind of people.)
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To: Howie66

No, he shot what he was aiming at. He just wasn't paying attention to where he was aiming, that's all.


11 posted on 06/01/2006 9:18:19 PM PDT by RichInOC (Bill Clinton doesn't need a partner to have sex with someone he loves...but it helps.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

As someone pointed out in another thread, Reagan was similarly hated by the pollster's "Americans"--i.e. Democrats and anyone else the pollster could get to proclaim hatred--during his tenure. Now he's the best!

Flakes abound. Then and now.


12 posted on 06/01/2006 9:19:05 PM PDT by avenir
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To: gondramB

I don't know. LBJ might be worth putting lower than Nixon.


13 posted on 06/01/2006 9:23:06 PM PDT by old republic
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To: RichInOC

For my money....I'm betting that he "pulled" while he "blinked".

Obviously, he never heard of "windage & elevation". Draft-dodging puke!


14 posted on 06/01/2006 9:25:20 PM PDT by Howie66 ("America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people.")
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To: gondramB

I put Carter right where he belongs....the bottom of the barrel.

His mother was correct when she stated (seriously) that she should have remained a virgin. The ONLY intelligent thing that she ever uttered.


15 posted on 06/01/2006 9:28:32 PM PDT by Howie66 ("America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people.")
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To: Kellykoop
"The poll got Reagan right"

We need another Reagan in office right now.....

16 posted on 06/01/2006 9:30:08 PM PDT by KoRn
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To: old republic
>>I don't know. LBJ might be worth putting lower than Nixon.<<

Boy, he is a candidate but I give him a bit of a pass for having the wisdom not to run for reelection. A lot of what Nixon gets blamed for in Vietnam, though was LBJ's fault.
17 posted on 06/01/2006 9:30:27 PM PDT by gondramB (We may have done a lill' bit of fightin amongst ourselves but you outside people best leave us alone)
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To: Howie66

>>I put Carter right where he belongs....the bottom of the barrel.

His mother was correct when she stated (seriously) that she should have remained a virgin. The ONLY intelligent thing that she ever uttered.<<

I wish you could have know him in Georgia - this state was tearing it self apart - but for all his failings in economics and foreign policy he was a good man. A man who loved jesus and wanted to do the right thing - he just wans't qualified to be President.


19 posted on 06/01/2006 10:30:35 PM PDT by gondramB (We may have done a lill' bit of fightin amongst ourselves but you outside people best leave us alone)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Still my President.

Regards, Ivan

20 posted on 06/01/2006 10:33:37 PM PDT by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: MadIvan

God bless The Great Ronald Reagan!!!!


21 posted on 06/01/2006 10:40:19 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Aussie Dasher
The Great Ronald Reagan!!!!

THE BEST.

22 posted on 06/01/2006 10:57:21 PM PDT by Digger
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To: Aussie Dasher
Funny, when Reagan was President, Democrats thought he was the worst President ever.
23 posted on 06/02/2006 12:12:38 AM PDT by mhx
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To: mhx

In another 5-10 years a lot more people will start to realize how lucky they were when George W was the President. I believe a fair number of those people will be at FR.

And depending on historical turn of events, he will go down as a very good President or a great President.

He has certainly grappled with some huge issues, and frankly, I can't think of anyone living who could have done better.


24 posted on 06/02/2006 12:20:51 AM PDT by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: Borders.Language.Beer.

Jimmy Carter is a great example of ignorance in action. Without bothering to read Khomeni's writings (the CIA didn't even have a copy), Jimmy booted out the Shah, the most enlightened, pro-Western ruler in the Middle East, and welcomed Islamic radicalism into Iran. Jimmy has never met a dictator he didn't like.

His economics were a worse disaster and the real reason he lost the election to Reagan. Skyrocketing unemployment, double-digit inflation, with interest rates so high it was impossible to finance large purchases like homes and cars, and he had the nerve to blame it on the American people and their "malaise."

Those were terrible times; I was there and I took notes.


25 posted on 06/02/2006 1:55:52 AM PDT by Liberty Wins (Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of all who threaten it.)
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To: Liberty Wins
Those were terrible times; I was there and I took notes.

Damn skippy.
26 posted on 06/02/2006 2:06:03 AM PDT by Jaysun (Cold showers turn me on.)
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To: patriciaruth
"In another 5-10 years a lot more people will start to realize how lucky they were when George W was the President. I believe a fair number of those people will be at FR.

And depending on historical turn of events, he will go down as a very good President or a great President.
"

Please leave the kool aid alone. Bush is the biggest spending, government growing, RINO around. I just don't understand why the democrats hate him, he gives them all the liberal action they want, except for abortion, and judges who support abortion.

Great? I'd put him in the same category as Carter. He shouldn't be used in the same sentence as a great president like Reagan.
27 posted on 06/02/2006 2:16:22 AM PDT by liliesgrandpa (The Republican Party simply can't do anything without that critical 100-seat Senate majority.)
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To: avenir
One wonders if the same will prove true with GWB part of me thinks yes the other thinks with the sheer hatred abounding regarding him that it will not.

On the other hand Reagan was pretty vilified at the time.
28 posted on 06/02/2006 2:29:10 AM PDT by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME))
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To: liliesgrandpa; patriciaruth
Name who would have done better then rather than just attack another poster.
29 posted on 06/02/2006 2:38:34 AM PDT by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME))
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To: snugs
On the other hand Reagan was pretty vilified at the time.

Exactly!!!

Reagan was criticized by the press and even conservatives at the time (remember he also had an amnesty bill.)

Hindsight is 20/20.

30 posted on 06/02/2006 3:24:09 AM PDT by dawn53
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To: Aussie Dasher
Americans believe George W. Bush is the worst president since 1945,

I'll beat ya majority of those polled don't have a clue of who the Presidents were for the last 61 years

31 posted on 06/02/2006 3:32:32 AM PDT by Mo1 (DEMOCRATS: A CULTURE OF TREASON)
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To: patriciaruth
Well that makes at least two of us.

If Reagan had avenged our Marines, we might not be in the WTO today. I will never forget!

Reagan was not loyal to his people. He acted like he had never heard of Iran Contra or Ollie North.
32 posted on 06/02/2006 3:38:11 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: liliesgrandpa
Shows how near sighted that you are.
33 posted on 06/02/2006 3:40:04 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: mariabush

I also think GWB will end up being one of our better presidents, if not one of the greatest. I think we have been very fortunate to have him as President, and many people will one day realize what they failed to appreciate when they had it.


34 posted on 06/02/2006 3:45:00 AM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's and Jemian's sons and keep them strong.)
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To: Miss Marple
No one wants to admit how the Presidents hands have been tied by our inept Congress. They are the ones that should be vilified.

The critics should spend more time praying for President Bush and less running him down. Might make a big difference in what goes on in this country and abroad.
35 posted on 06/02/2006 3:51:25 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: mariabush

I agree. Congress is full of cowards, crooks, and opportunists. I can count on one hand the number of Senators and Congressmen I admire.


36 posted on 06/02/2006 3:53:03 AM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's and Jemian's sons and keep them strong.)
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To: mhx

Yeah I think this poll says more about the Democrats and people polled than it does about the presidents. Anybody who says that Clinton is the best president ever (or worse) and Bush the worse is most likely short-sighted and focused on their feelings and whats going on around them and lacking in a history education. If Bush was not president, they would not be saying Clinton was the best because they are so focused on their hatred of Bush that they are nostalgic for any democrat president and Clinton is the only one their feelings can remember.


37 posted on 06/02/2006 3:57:02 AM PDT by the right side jedi
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To: the right side jedi
You are right. Feelings come and go.
38 posted on 06/02/2006 3:59:02 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: TonyRo76
Say what you want about Nixon, but he was the best foreign policy president that we have ever had.

Tricky Dick would have gone down in history as one of the greatest if he just had told the truth and not tried the cover up bit.
40 posted on 06/02/2006 5:13:13 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: Aussie Dasher

Try to get a Clinton supporter to name one thing he did that was not a Republican initiative. They start hemming and hawing every time.


43 posted on 06/02/2006 5:28:26 AM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: metesky
Actually ,the Dems claim every issue, no matter that Clinton was dragged screaming and kicking in the middle of the night to sign the bill.
44 posted on 06/02/2006 6:19:54 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: Howie66

If the full truth were known about Clinton, he would have faced a firing squad years ago.


45 posted on 06/02/2006 8:11:48 AM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Memo to GOP: Don't ask me for any more money until you secure our Southern border.)
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To: TonyRo76
"Nixon gave us the EPA, OSHA, Amtrak, CETA and HMOs (courtesy of Ted Kennedy). Talk about growing government—it was like LBJ's "Great Society" on steroids!"

Bingo! And don't forget his wage and price controls. He had real talent for picking worthless economic advisers.

46 posted on 06/02/2006 8:14:14 AM PDT by Liberty Wins (Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of all who threaten it.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

How could a President who got caught trying to fix a court case in which he was a defendant even be considered a good president?


47 posted on 06/02/2006 9:31:07 AM PDT by HankReardon
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

"If the full truth were known about Clinton, he would have faced a firing squad years ago."

Is there a statute of limitations?

Don't forget about his "wife".....Hitlery.


48 posted on 06/02/2006 4:41:40 PM PDT by Howie66 ("America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people.")
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To: liliesgrandpa
he gives them all the liberal action they want, except for abortion, and judges who support abortion.

Just goes to show you that Democrats are basically the Abortion Party. It's the one issue that they can allow absolutely no opposition on -- anything and everything else is up for grabs.

49 posted on 06/03/2006 9:33:17 AM PDT by mhx
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To: metesky
Try to get a Clinton supporter to name one thing he did that was not a Republican initiative. They start hemming and hawing every time.

Midnight basketball, and the 1993 tax increase.

50 posted on 06/03/2006 9:34:05 AM PDT by mhx
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