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Gallup: “Americans Say Reagan Is the Greatest U.S. President”
http://www.gallup.com/poll/146183/Americans-Say-Reagan-Greatest-President.aspx ^

Posted on 02/19/2011 12:28:21 PM PST by macquire

(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.

(Excerpt) Read more at gallup.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2011polls; gallup; jobapproval; poll; presidents; reagan; reaganlegacy; ronaldreagan

I knew it.

1 posted on 02/19/2011 12:28:24 PM PST by macquire
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To: macquire

Then they need to not vote for the anti-Reagan next time.


2 posted on 02/19/2011 12:30:47 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares ( Refusing to kneel before the "messiah".)
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To: macquire

IMHO, Barry has taken the Worst President crown away from Jimmah Cahtah.


3 posted on 02/19/2011 12:31:08 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer ("Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican." - President Ronald W. Reagan)
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To: macquire

Blow my mind people who say Klintoon.

The man was a sickening sack of crap that got elected by the PeROT factor and just happening to be in office during the dot.com boom and fall out of the end of the cold war.

The man is a pig. Through and through.


4 posted on 02/19/2011 12:33:27 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares ( Refusing to kneel before the "messiah".)
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To: macquire

That has to kill the libs.. but in times like this people remember what real leadership looks like


5 posted on 02/19/2011 12:35:00 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: macquire
Ronald Reagan
6 posted on 02/19/2011 12:35:11 PM PST by alice_in_bubbaland (DeMint/Ryan 2012!!!!!)
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To: macquire

clinton is still being propped up by propaganda. As history unfolds, he will fall away from the top tier...he did nothing to warrant his place in the top three. It was the Republican congress which took office in 1994 that saved the American economy, not clinton.


7 posted on 02/19/2011 12:42:44 PM PST by ez ("Abashed the devil stood and felt how awful goodness is." - Milton, Paradise Lost)
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To: macquire

Much as I am happy with the #1 result, I cannot believe that Mr. “I-Did-Not-Have-Sex-With-That-Woman” ( who paid $800,000 to settle a sexual harassment suit and allowed Osama Bin ladin to get away ) is ranked higher than the father of this nation — George Washington.

And note how Barack Obama is ranked higher than Thomas Jefferson !!

This poll is clearly a modern popularity contest and has very little historical objective basis in it.


8 posted on 02/19/2011 12:51:42 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: macquire

Clinton really didn’t do a damn thing. He got really lucky with a Republican congress that actually acted like Republicans for a few years. When both started to act like corrupt democrats we got the 2000 recession. And his slothfullness directly led to 9/11.

He deserves to be near the bottom.


9 posted on 02/19/2011 12:56:59 PM PST by Tolsti2
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To: macquire

in the end TRUTH always prevails!


10 posted on 02/19/2011 1:00:49 PM PST by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: macquire

2nd greatest, IMO. The greatest will forever be George Washington.


11 posted on 02/19/2011 1:03:14 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks macquire.


12 posted on 02/19/2011 1:06:42 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: macquire

I think Reagan is probably the second or third greatest President, depending on where one puts Lincoln. However, I strongly believe that Washington is American’s greatest President. To step down from power after only 8 years was at the time unprecedented in human history, and it created a tradition of two-term Presidents that was a major contributor to the stability of the young Republic, steering us clear of the dangers of executive dicatorship all the way up until that socialist dictator FDR dismantled the tradition.

I personally doubt Reagan would rate himself above Washington, nor would he accept such a rating from others.


13 posted on 02/19/2011 1:10:20 PM PST by Thane_Banquo (Mitt Romney: He's from Harvard, and he's here to help.)
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To: Zhang Fei

“First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”


14 posted on 02/19/2011 1:11:56 PM PST by Thane_Banquo (Mitt Romney: He's from Harvard, and he's here to help.)
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To: macquire
I love Ronald Reagan but no one was greater than George Washington. No one.


15 posted on 02/19/2011 1:12:26 PM PST by frogjerk (I believe in unicorns, fairies and pro-life Democrats.)
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To: macquire

In fact, I have to ask - why aren’t the presidents responsible for expanding the size of the country ranked highly? James Polk should be in the top 5. What about Thomas Jefferson, who arranged the Louisiana Purchase?


16 posted on 02/19/2011 1:15:34 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always)
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To: macquire

The presence of Kennedy on the top Republican lists absolutely baffles me. I was expecting something more like Washington-Reagan-Coolidge-Teddy Roosevelt for GOP members.


17 posted on 02/19/2011 1:19:21 PM PST by order66.exe
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To: Names Ash Housewares

People who were in college during the Clinton years love the guy. I’m a rarity, even among some of my “conservative” friends.


18 posted on 02/19/2011 1:27:25 PM PST by Carling (Obama: Inexperienced and incompetent, yet ego maniacal. God help us all.)
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To: order66.exe

“The presence of Kennedy on the top Republican lists absolutely baffles me”

never underestimate the power of emotion.


19 posted on 02/19/2011 1:28:22 PM PST by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge, MA grad student. Any potential conservative Christian FReepmail-FRiends out there?)
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To: macquire

I find it hard to take any poll seriously that has Bill Clinton in the top 3 even if Reagan is number one.


20 posted on 02/19/2011 1:35:45 PM PST by Kath (Luvya DubyaI)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

Reagan was my Commander in Chief in the eighties when I served on the USS Tullibee SSN 597 (submarine). We affectionately called him “Dad”. Today I have a simple bumper sticker on my car: “I Miss Reagan (with his picture)”. May God Bless him.


21 posted on 02/19/2011 1:36:49 PM PST by bertmerc1
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To: frogjerk

True. This list is a thing of our times, though. Myopic and perverted. No way a man like Bill Clinton would be in any honest list but in the bottom five.

General Washington established an almost an impossibly high standard. Leaders like Washington are only a handful in a millennium.


22 posted on 02/19/2011 1:43:01 PM PST by bvw
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To: macquire

23 posted on 02/19/2011 1:46:50 PM PST by lbryce (BHO:Satan's Evil Twin)
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To: macquire

Sorry to Dana Perino, and ROVE that their boy Juan Bush is not even mentioned. Neither is Juan’s father, Papa Bush.

I wonder why?


24 posted on 02/19/2011 2:09:35 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: macquire

Reagan is clearly the top president of the 20th century. Washington and Jefferson outrank him overall. I can’t put Lincoln in this category since he was unable to avert the worst war the country ever waged, pitting brother against brother, killing well over 600,000 Americans; many of them no more than young teenagers.


25 posted on 02/19/2011 2:56:12 PM PST by Neoliberalnot ((Read "The Grey Book" for an alternative to corruption in DC))
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To: Kath
well actually if you scroll down in the Gallop poll link you will find that the poll was a USA Today/Gallup poll. Do I need to say more?
26 posted on 02/19/2011 3:23:34 PM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: tennmountainman

I didn’t know there was a President John Bush


27 posted on 02/19/2011 3:32:23 PM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: macquire
Clinton?

Mike

28 posted on 02/19/2011 3:43:57 PM PST by MichaelP ("Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe.)
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To: macquire

The Reagan years were the happiest of my life.


29 posted on 02/19/2011 3:57:04 PM PST by y6162
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To: macquire

30 posted on 02/19/2011 4:00:37 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (We need more Democrats in the Senate --Like Custer needed more arrows.)
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To: macquire

When you look at Reagan at his best beside Obama at his least harmful, there is no comparison at all.

31 posted on 02/19/2011 5:15:07 PM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: macquire

He was the greatest President of my lifetime, hands down.


32 posted on 02/19/2011 6:33:53 PM PST by Tennessean4Bush (An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds. A pessimist fears this is true.)
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To: macquire

Ike was my hero, but he wasn’t the very best, he was just a Hero that became a President. Wish Reagan was around in the 30’s. He could have set a standard for the rest to follow.


33 posted on 02/19/2011 7:42:10 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (I see a dark cloud coming over the horizon, and its reminiscent of 1939.)
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To: Thane_Banquo

This poll is ludicrous and you are right Reagan would declare the same. Reagan faced no challenge anywhere close to those Washington, Lincoln or FDR faced not even close. He never had to create a new nation (while his Secretary of State was stabbing him in the back at every opportunity) or preserve the Union under attack by the Slave Power or fight wars on two oceans.


34 posted on 02/19/2011 8:26:25 PM PST by arrogantsob
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To: Zhang Fei
" 2nd greatest, IMO. The greatest will forever be George Washington. "

Amen, even Reagan would have said George Washington was the greatest.
35 posted on 07/13/2011 2:50:31 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: SeekAndFind
" And note how Barack Obama is ranked higher than Thomas Jefferson !! "

Liberalism and Main Stream Media is a mental disorder and clouds their thinking.
36 posted on 07/13/2011 2:51:57 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Thane_Banquo

FDR was a commie.


37 posted on 07/13/2011 2:53:05 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Neoliberalnot
" Lincoln in this category since he was unable to avert the worst war the country ever waged "

More like allowed it to happen.
As time goes on my once high regard of Lincoln is fading away as I learn more about him.
38 posted on 07/13/2011 2:58:20 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: frogjerk
George Washington, Simply the Best.
He stood head and shoulders above the rest in his person and character.
39 posted on 07/13/2011 2:59:51 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: macquire
Not sure if we can even trust the opinion of the people Gallup surveyed. Look to see which modern President is ahead of George Washington and look who are ahead of Thomas Jefferson...


40 posted on 07/13/2011 3:01:56 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: Carling

I was in college then, and most people I know dislike him greatly. That said, across all people, especially younger people of that time, I think most people associate his term with good times, and thus he gets positive ratings. Many associate the same with the 80s, which is likely why Reagan scores so high.

I put Reagan near the top with Washington and other major figures in history that helped establish and protect our limited government system, and I put Clinton pretty far down the list...not at the very bottom because he was a competent political mind and smart enough to maintain strong monetary policy and to with the GOP on a number of key issues from 1995 to the end of his term to help the economy and - more importantly to him - to help himself. His character flaws and terrible foreign policy push him into the lower half for sure. Clinton was a Democrat of the Reagan era - a southern democrat who ran as a moderate, shifted far left in office, and changed course dramatically after getting slapped down in 1994. He was a scoundrel, but he was not incompetent like Carter, Obama and others further back in history.


41 posted on 07/13/2011 3:13:31 PM PDT by ilgipper ( political rhetoric is no substitute for competence (Thomas Sowell))
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