Skip to comments.Gallup: “Americans Say Reagan Is the Greatest U.S. President”
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 nations 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.
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I knew it.
Then they need to not vote for the anti-Reagan next time.
IMHO, Barry has taken the Worst President crown away from Jimmah Cahtah.
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.
That has to kill the libs.. but in times like this people remember what real leadership looks like
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.
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.
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.
in the end TRUTH always prevails!
2nd greatest, IMO. The greatest will forever be George Washington.
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.
“First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”
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?
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.
People who were in college during the Clinton years love the guy. I’m a rarity, even among some of my “conservative” friends.
“The presence of Kennedy on the top Republican lists absolutely baffles me”
never underestimate the power of emotion.
I find it hard to take any poll seriously that has Bill Clinton in the top 3 even if Reagan is number one.
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.
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.
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?
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.
I didn’t know there was a President John Bush
The Reagan years were the happiest of my life.
When you look at Reagan at his best beside Obama at his least harmful, there is no comparison at all.
He was the greatest President of my lifetime, hands down.
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.
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.
FDR was a commie.
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.