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Zogby: Nation Needs Reagan, FDR
NewsMax ^ | 16 January 2006

Posted on 01/15/2007 11:42:11 PM PST by Aussie Dasher

A Zogby International survey reveals many Americans long for leadership qualities similar to the kind shown by former U.S. presidents Ronald Reagan and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Survey respondents were offered thumbnail descriptions of the presidential qualities, including the names of five of the greatest American presidents: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan.

Respondents nationwide said Reagan’s qualities are most sought after, with FDR a very close second, according to Zogby. Twenty–eight percent said they would prefer someone like Reagan, who displayed "far-sighted vision” and who "persevered despite harsh criticism from enemies and was firm in pursuing his agenda.”

Nearly as many (26%) said they preferred the "pragmatism and hopefulness of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who inspired a nation in trouble and championed the needs of the downtrodden.”

Interestingly, Washington - the nation's first president - fared the worst among the top leaders detailed in the survey.

Just 6% said they think the United States – now at war around the world for five years – would be best served by a commander in chief such as Washington, the man who led the war for independence. A full 21% said they think this is a time for Democrat John F. Kennedy, while 16% reached back to Abraham Lincoln in search of a leader to solve today’s modern problems.

Both women and men most favor a president like Reagan to deal with today’s issues – men somewhat more (32%) compared to 25% of women. FDR comes in as the second choice for men (28%) while 19% would turn to a president with JFK’s qualities. Women gave equal support (23%) to Roosevelt and Kennedy as their second choice for a president with the qualities the nation most needs now.

The survey of 843 likely voters nationwide was conducted Jan. 5-9, 2007, and carries a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percentage points.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: fdr; leadership; thegreatronaldreagan; zogby
As time passes, the greatness of Ronald Reagan will continue to be recognized.
1 posted on 01/15/2007 11:42:14 PM PST by Aussie Dasher
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To: Aussie Dasher

Is this from last year or is that a typo?


2 posted on 01/15/2007 11:55:33 PM PST by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them, or they like us?)
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To: Aussie Dasher

"A full 21% said they think this is a time for Democrat John F. Kennedy"

What bad things it says about our population when people pick this guy over George Washington.


3 posted on 01/15/2007 11:58:11 PM PST by NinoFan
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To: AmericanVictory

It's a typo. It's 42 degrees celcius here right now. A bit hard to concentrate...


4 posted on 01/16/2007 12:00:40 AM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: NinoFan
I took the poll, and the question was badly worded. That said, Kennedy was strong on defense, was pragmatic, and was a very good communicator, the last, unfortunately can not be said of President Bush.
5 posted on 01/16/2007 12:02:54 AM PST by Talking_Mouse (wahhabi delenda est)
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To: NinoFan
we all know what an excellent job Kennedy did with the Bay of Pigs.

Nice to see President Goober didn't bring up any fond memories.

6 posted on 01/16/2007 12:07:16 AM PST by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: Aussie Dasher

You'd think by now the mainstream media would wise up to Zogby and all these pollster scammers.

They seem to be the only ones buying their polls and studies anymore. The rest aren't even buying the newspapers they're printed on.


7 posted on 01/16/2007 12:12:39 AM PST by MikeHu
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To: Aussie Dasher

FDR would be proud, we are descending into Euro-Socialism. Socialist Security, Medicaid, Medicare, NEA, prescription drugs, free college tuition...blah blah blah.


8 posted on 01/16/2007 12:17:39 AM PST by FlyVet
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To: Aussie Dasher

> As time passes, the greatness of Ronald Reagan will continue to be recognized.

You are *so* right, mate. I can remember the '80's very well. People back then used to laugh at Reagan, make jokes about how he was senile and not in control &tc ad nauseum. Everyone was doing it.

Now, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone to say anything against President Reagan.

In my opinion, he was one of America's greatest Presidents and belongs on Mt Rushmore.

All that said, GWB is doing a fine job. The survey probably didn't ask about him.

*DieHard*


9 posted on 01/16/2007 12:22:56 AM PST by DieHard the Hunter (I am the Chieftain of my Clan. I bow to nobody. Get out of my way.)
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To: AmericanVictory

It would be nice if we could get a way to get RID of terrorist supporting Zogbys!!


10 posted on 01/16/2007 1:25:24 AM PST by Mobile Vulgus
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To: Aussie Dasher

Is the same Zogby poll that found Hillary Clinton to be the most "Reagan-like" of all the candidates?

Ha!


11 posted on 01/16/2007 1:37:34 AM PST by Cincinna (HILLARY & HER HINO "We are going to take things away from you for the Common Good")
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To: Aussie Dasher

They were all great communicators and had the ability to "frame the issues", something GWB and Cheney and the others simply don't have.


12 posted on 01/16/2007 2:28:33 AM PST by tkathy (Sectarian violence? Or genocidal racists? Which is a better description of islamists?)
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To: Aussie Dasher

many Americans long for low tax rates,


13 posted on 01/16/2007 2:40:15 AM PST by Son House
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To: Aussie Dasher
Seldom mentioned is that the media went out of its way to hide the handicaps of FDR, and spends its time creating handicaps for the present president.

The media were also on the side of the United States during FDR's war (although not so much so during Reagan's Administration--still President Reagan was a trained actor who knew how to handle them.)

14 posted on 01/16/2007 2:47:20 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

My suspicion is that if Reagan or FDR were here, they would meet with the same Democratic intransigence that Bush has.


15 posted on 01/16/2007 3:17:28 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: Aussie Dasher

How many of those polled were too young for FDR (or even Reagan--children usually aren't much into politics)? Views of history change as that history gets older. A lot of those FDRers probably only based their decision second-hand (or more).


16 posted on 01/16/2007 3:28:04 AM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu ( WND, NewsMax, Townhall.com, Brietbart.com, and Drudge Report are not valid news sources.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Summer in Oz. It's reached freezing temperatures over here--highly unusual.


17 posted on 01/16/2007 3:28:58 AM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu ( WND, NewsMax, Townhall.com, Brietbart.com, and Drudge Report are not valid news sources.)
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu

At the moment I'd cheerfully swap you. It reached 44 degrees (Celcius) here today. That's just too hot...


18 posted on 01/16/2007 3:48:08 AM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

So, is this where they made the deduction that Hillary best epitomized Reagan, FDR, etc.?


19 posted on 01/16/2007 3:56:11 AM PST by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: FlyVet
"FDR would be proud, we are descending into Euro-Socialism. Socialist Security, Medicaid, Medicare, NEA, prescription drugs, free college tuition...blah blah blah....

.......Special rights for special groups, the UN in charge of the world, from each according to his ability to each according to his needs.......

20 posted on 01/16/2007 4:20:08 AM PST by RushLake (I neutered my dog; now he's a liberal.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Hindsight is 20/20. At times during Reagan's presidency, his approval ratings were as low as Bush's are. And the MSM treated him just as poorly as they treat Bush. But now, looking back, he would be the people's choice.


21 posted on 01/16/2007 4:35:07 AM PST by dawn53
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To: Aussie Dasher
"Twenty–eight percent said they would prefer someone like Reagan, who displayed "far-sighted vision” and who "persevered despite harsh criticism from enemies and was firm in pursuing his agenda.”

Not to say that GWB is like Reagan but those qualities listed above are exactly like GWB.

22 posted on 01/16/2007 5:29:10 AM PST by avacado
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To: Aussie Dasher

>> It's a typo. It's 42 degrees celcius here right now. A bit hard to concentrate... <<

Scarily, it's almost that warm lately up here in DC. Yesterday's record high was 65 degrees. It was 67 degrees yesterday... at 11 PM!!!

(Go global warming!!! YAAAY!)

(And yes, that is a joke... I remember 80 degrees on February 2nd in Albany NY.)


24 posted on 01/16/2007 8:50:03 AM PST by dangus (Pope calls Islam violent; Millions of Moslems demonstrate)
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To: avacado
"Twenty–eight percent said they would prefer someone like Reagan, who displayed "far-sighted vision” and who "persevered despite harsh criticism from enemies and was firm in pursuing his agenda.”

Not to say that GWB is like Reagan but those qualities listed above are exactly like GWB.

The difference, of course, is that Reagan's agenda was conservative; Bush's agenda is roughly that of a JFK Democrat (strong on defense and tax-cutting, but big on globalism, domestic spending, liberal programs, etc.)

25 posted on 01/16/2007 8:52:23 AM PST by dangus (Pope calls Islam violent; Millions of Moslems demonstrate)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Nation Needed Reagan Because of FDR

There, I fixed the title. Continue Freeping.

26 posted on 01/16/2007 8:59:14 AM PST by kidd
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To: dangus

The mainstream media lackeys are just trying to create unfavorable comparisons in the minds of his core supporters. Why stop at Reagan and FDR? GWB doesn't hold a candle next to Jesus Christ, Buddha and Moses. Now those were great leaders.

The Zogbys of the world should go back to doing what they do best -- sending out email scams from (foreign) countries.


27 posted on 01/16/2007 10:03:50 AM PST by MikeHu
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To: Aussie Dasher

Well which IS it that people want? An FDR or a Ronald Reagan? They had totally different policies.

Are people willing to sign onto any agenda so long as it is pushed forward in total?


28 posted on 01/16/2007 10:23:06 AM PST by weegee (A higher minimum wage means a higher income tax level. Did they really get a raise in the end?)
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To: weegee
Well which IS it that people want? An FDR or a Ronald Reagan? They had totally different policies.

Different policies, but Reagan was an FDR Democrat at one time. I think Reagan always admired FDR's leadership.

29 posted on 01/16/2007 10:28:28 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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