Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

CNN Poll: JFK tops presidential rankings for last 50 years
CNN ^ | 11/22/2103

Posted on 11/22/2013 11:39:26 AM PST by SeekAndFind

A CNN/ORC International survey released Friday indicates that 90% of all Americans approve of how Kennedy handled his job as President. No other President of the last half century even comes close.

Second place belongs to Ronald Reagan, with a 78% retrospective approval rating, followed by Bill Clinton with 74%. Richard Nixon, Kennedy's 1960 rival and the only president ever forced to resign, is at the bottom with only 31% approving of his track record from 1969 to 1974. Only George W. Bush, with a 42% retrospective approval rating, is also under 50%.

"History has generally been kind to ex-presidents, but none more so than Kennedy. His approval rating in November of 1963 was 58%. In the 1990s, that number rose to 78% and rose even further in later years," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

(Excerpt) Read more at politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: jfk; kennedy
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-83 next last

1 posted on 11/22/2013 11:39:26 AM PST by SeekAndFind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

If 90 percent of Americans knew how badly Kennedy screwed up with Cuba alone, they might not be so kind to “Camelot”.

Still, he was a tax cutter and could never be nominated in today’s Democrat Party.


2 posted on 11/22/2013 11:41:03 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Yep. CNN touting the high approval ratings of a sex addict. Nice.


3 posted on 11/22/2013 11:41:33 AM PST by what's up
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Third worst president of my lifetime. Apparently CNN polled a bunch of mouth-breathers.


4 posted on 11/22/2013 11:41:41 AM PST by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Bro!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Getting his head blown off sure turned around the reputation he had at the time for being an up and coming loser. It is proof that the democrat party can put lipstick on a pig, even a dead one, and turn it into gold.

Only problem is...the pig is still a pig; albeit a dead one.


5 posted on 11/22/2013 11:43:45 AM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Ask them again next year without all of the tv specials and wall to wall news praise.


6 posted on 11/22/2013 11:44:15 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: what's up

Drug addict too.


7 posted on 11/22/2013 11:44:48 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: what's up

From what was released about his medicine cabinet in the White House, the sex part of it may have been tame by comparison.

Kennedy reportedly did have a lot of back pain. As such some of those medications may have been warranted. Still, when you think of the Cuban missile crisis and the Bay of Pigs fiasco, you can’t help but wonder what types of influences the guy was under at those times.

Rather chilling actually...


8 posted on 11/22/2013 11:44:55 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Obama, the Democrat Party, the Left in the U. S., have essentially become the 4th Reich.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Colonel_Flagg; SeekAndFind

do you think kennedy would have involved us as deeply in viet nam as johnson


9 posted on 11/22/2013 11:46:02 AM PST by bigheadfred
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

He literally did nothing.

And that may be an unfair statement because he got shot, but during the time he was in office, he didn’t do anything for the country that immediately comes to mind. I suppose he held the line on the Cuban Missile Crisis pretty well, but... what else?

Why does getting shot suddenly make your presidency good? Did people rant and rave about McKinley?

G.W. Bush should have just taken a walk through South Side Chicago during his last week in office and he’d be called a hero. I really do despair at how politically/historically ignorant people are in this country. Ask the average man or woman what Bay of Pigs was and they’ll probably think you’re talking about a defunct bacon company.


10 posted on 11/22/2013 11:46:58 AM PST by Viennacon
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: clintonh8r

Given your name, I’m shocked—who is better than he: Zero, Carter, or Clinton?


11 posted on 11/22/2013 11:47:21 AM PST by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Myth, Legend, and celebrity status always wins. Accomplishments without the above are not really considered by today’s voters. Kennedy 1000 days, brought us a button push from disaster in 1962. In 1963, he messed up things in Vietnam too, by budding in on the Regime change. Oh lets not forget the Bay of Pigs fiasco. Yeah, he’s #1 all right, but that’s only in the mind of the mind controlling media.


12 posted on 11/22/2013 11:49:55 AM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Remember Ty Woods? Glenn Doherty ? Forgot already?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
Good article on the PT-109 Myth.

http://www.historynet.com/john-f-kennedy

13 posted on 11/22/2013 11:50:03 AM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Colonel_Flagg

I think that ranking is pretty good. I may swap Reagan with JFK but both should be 1 or 2.

Reagan
JFK
Washington
Lincoln
Clinton
Bush I
Bush II
Obama
Carter (DEAD LAST)


14 posted on 11/22/2013 11:51:32 AM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: FRiends

When we get there, we'll check to see if
all FReepers are making their donations.



Click the Pic


Support Free Republic

15 posted on 11/22/2013 11:51:50 AM PST by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Kennedy was a mediocre president at best, but he was assassinated in office so he gets far higher rankings than he ever should.

Reality is Kennedy wouldn’t even be welcome in the Democratic party of today.


16 posted on 11/22/2013 11:52:27 AM PST by HamiltonJay
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Let’s see...an immoral dope addict who passed women around like boxes of crackerjacks, a “war hero” who shut his plywood vessel down in enemy waters and had it cut in half by a Japanese warship, who was also involved romantically with a Nazi spy, uh, there’s more but my doorbell just rang.


17 posted on 11/22/2013 11:52:30 AM PST by dainbramaged (Joe McCarthy was right.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

It’s tough to sort them best to worst, considering that we have mostly done quite poorly in choosing leaders over the past 50 years, but my choices are:

Reagan (by a HUGE margin!)
George HW Bush
Ford
George W. Bush
LBJ
Nixon
JFK
Clinton,
Carter
Obama (by a HUGE margin!)

Note: Obama is one disaster from overtaking James Buchanan as the worst in American history, and he is trying his best to provoke that event.


18 posted on 11/22/2013 11:53:03 AM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bigheadfred
do you think kennedy would have involved us as deeply in viet nam as Johnson

The "Best and The Brightest" were appointed by JFK and also advised LBJ.

McNamara, Rusk, the Bundys, the Rostows, Max Taylor, et al were all instrumental in making a hash of Viet Nam. Would their advice to Kennedy have been any different than it was to Johnson?

19 posted on 11/22/2013 11:54:51 AM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance On Parade)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: dainbramaged

He had great hair, and went to Harvard.
What more does it take?


20 posted on 11/22/2013 11:55:34 AM PST by nascarnation (Wish everyone see a "Gay Kwanzaa")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Viennacon

He put Byron White on the SCOTUS.
He and Rehnquist were the only two dissenters in Roe.
All the other Nixon appointees voted for Roe.
White stayed true to the end and in my opinion was one of the better Justices in the last 50 years.
That’s the only thing Kennedy did that stands out in my mind long term.


21 posted on 11/22/2013 11:56:56 AM PST by Clump ( the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Colonel_Flagg
I remember my old man once in disgust saying something about Kennedy. And then FDR in the next sentence.

“Dad! How can you say that? Kennedy was assassinated! And FDR won the war!”

My dad didn't say anything. (He was a WWII vet so knew about FDR, etc.) He hardly talked about politics or social conditions or whatever. I'm thinking now he wanted to “protect” me from the grownup world and just let me be a kid.

Years later I realized where the hatred of FDR and the Kennedys came from.

22 posted on 11/22/2013 11:57:09 AM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Clump

I had forgotten about the SCOTUS. When did White leave?


23 posted on 11/22/2013 11:57:57 AM PST by Viennacon
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: bigheadfred
do you think kennedy would have involved us as deeply in viet nam as johnson

There is no reason to think Kennedy would have done anything substantially different than Johnson did in Viet Nam. He had already increased our involvement from a few hundred advisers to over 16,000 troops He was facing accusations of being soft on communism. After the Cuban missile crisis it is highly unlikely that he would have backed down in Viet Nam.
24 posted on 11/22/2013 11:57:58 AM PST by slumber1 (Fortune favors the bold!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: nascarnation
Apparently nowadays it doesn't even take great hair!
25 posted on 11/22/2013 11:58:20 AM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
Reagan in Second place at 78% is good.  This isn't a special time for him rememberance, so hanging in there is great considering this is the 50% anniversary of Kennedy's deat.  That has to bump him up.  Most polls don't show him this popular.

Bill Clinton 74%?  And yet the guy that is reportedly worse than him did nothing compared to what he was guilty of.  Nixon has been pounded inceasantly by Leftists, the media, educators, and even people on the right who fail to grasp the fact that if Nixon would have been a Democrat, the issues associated with him wouldn't even have surfaced.

Nixon is at the bottom.  Bush is at 42%.  I don't think much of him.  I can think of reasons for it to be lower.  I also understand he was better that the ass-hat we have now.  The Republic would be better off if neither of them had served as president.  Not saying the Dem opponents would have been better, but some of the Republican ones would have been better in the primary/caucus rounds.

One wonders what you would have to do to be considered a national failure, by Democrats if you were a Democrat president.

Instances of what amounts to treason
Appointments of members of a terrorist organization to be your advisors
Sending arms to terrorist organizations
Sending large sums of money to terrorist organizations
Aiding terrorists operations on the ground in foreign nations
Making comments about domestic criminal trials while they are ongoing
Lying continuously
Hiding your personal documents so nobody can verify your status

Appointing incompetants that break the laws of our nation...

This is the kind of regime that twenty years from now, nobody will admit to having supported.
26 posted on 11/22/2013 11:59:02 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Obama, the Democrat Party, the Left in the U. S., have essentially become the 4th Reich.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Proof positive that American is doomed.


27 posted on 11/22/2013 12:00:00 PM PST by jwalsh07
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: what's up

When will he be canonized a saint?


28 posted on 11/22/2013 12:00:27 PM PST by JaguarXKE (1973: Reporters investigate All the President's Men. 2013: Reporters ARE all the President's men)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: 21twelve

True, it didn’t work for Kerry, LOL.


29 posted on 11/22/2013 12:00:57 PM PST by nascarnation (Wish everyone see a "Gay Kwanzaa")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: okie01

McNamara is the one I obsess over. Combined with Johnson, the two of them are probably responsible for at least... well, a lot of the men we lost.

The war should have been fought to win. We should have devastated the north in short order. We played patti-cake instead.

Nixon had the right idea with bombing the north. He could have finally won the thing if Congress had quite interfering.


30 posted on 11/22/2013 12:03:37 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Obama, the Democrat Party, the Left in the U. S., have essentially become the 4th Reich.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind; GeronL; Revolting cat!
Time to tell the millennials that Ronald Reagan was also shot while President.
31 posted on 11/22/2013 12:04:59 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

That may sound nice, but this is a senseless survey-I’m pretty sure that most of us were not old enough to vote or be concerned about politics during the Kennedy years...


32 posted on 11/22/2013 12:05:11 PM PST by Texan5 (" You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Total BS


33 posted on 11/22/2013 12:05:54 PM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: what's up; Revolting cat!

Voted for by the same culture that selects its favorite rap stars based on how many times they “got shot” or “went to jail”.


34 posted on 11/22/2013 12:06:09 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

I wonder what his rating would be if he had not been killed.


35 posted on 11/22/2013 12:07:02 PM PST by Ditter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

And James Dean was the greatest teen idol and Marilyn Monroe was the hottest pinup girl. And Elvis was the King.

There is something to be said for dying in your prime.


36 posted on 11/22/2013 12:09:48 PM PST by cuban leaf
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Ditter

From everything I’ve ever heard and read, he might have managed a win in Viet Nam, but some sex scandal would likely have trashed him-he wasn’t as subtle as Clinton...


37 posted on 11/22/2013 12:11:31 PM PST by Texan5 (" You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: what's up; All

LOL- look at the poll; Jimmy Carter gets a 60% approval rating!!! LMFAO- shows the validity of this crap contest...


38 posted on 11/22/2013 12:13:17 PM PST by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: DoughtyOne
McNamara is the one I obsess over. Combined with Johnson, the two of them are probably responsible for at least... well, a lot of the men we lost.

May I suggest

Dereliction of Duty by H.R. McMaster.

It was a cathartic read. After every twenty pages, I would swear, throw the book against a wall...and spend a half-hour walking around the block...walking off my rage.

But, in the end, I ended up understanding what really happened...and who was responsible. And, mostly, it was Johnson and MacNamara...aided and abetted by a host of arrogant academics who were totally ignorant of reality.

39 posted on 11/22/2013 12:14:18 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance On Parade)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

and why not

Liberals have sold him; he is (the myths about him) are what they made him


40 posted on 11/22/2013 12:15:58 PM PST by Wuli
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
Blanking meaningless.

JFK has received nothing but worship in the media for 50 years.

Reagan achieved his popularity while being trashed daily by the same MSM.

41 posted on 11/22/2013 12:17:10 PM PST by skeeter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: God luvs America

Notice Nixon is called out as being forced from office(he resigned.) And the only elected President to be impeached? Who might that be?


42 posted on 11/22/2013 12:17:24 PM PST by Old North State
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: okie01

Yes you can. I’ll pick up a copy.

When the POS surfaces from time to time to make comments, I want to wring his neck.


43 posted on 11/22/2013 12:18:06 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Obama, the Democrat Party, the Left in the U. S., have essentially become the 4th Reich.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: okie01

Done. Kindled...


44 posted on 11/22/2013 12:18:53 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Obama, the Democrat Party, the Left in the U. S., have essentially become the 4th Reich.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: Hieronymus

OOps! Thanks...I should have said FOURTH worst president. Good catch!


45 posted on 11/22/2013 12:19:12 PM PST by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Bro!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Old North State

That would be the nation’s first Black president.

The dope from Hope...


46 posted on 11/22/2013 12:20:17 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Obama, the Democrat Party, the Left in the U. S., have essentially become the 4th Reich.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: Old North State
Notice Nixon is called out as being forced from office(he resigned.) And the only elected President to be impeached? Who might that be?

You wouldn't be referring to that wise old sage of today's democrat party, the one & only Sinkmeister, Bent One, Slickster, Bill ('Toon) Clinton?

Some day in the distant future, I will take my grandkids on my knee and tell them the real story of the Bill Clinton their grade school teachers swoon over. Just a small part of that story will regard his impeachment.

I cannot wait.

47 posted on 11/22/2013 12:23:40 PM PST by skeeter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: LibLieSlayer

Fantasy land.
JMJ


48 posted on 11/22/2013 12:23:43 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Ditter

RE: I wonder what his rating would be if he had not been killed.

A late 1963 poll before Kennedy was killed had him TRAILING Goldwater for the 1964 Presidential elections.


49 posted on 11/22/2013 12:28:49 PM PST by SeekAndFind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: Clump
"White stayed true to the end and in my opinion was one of the better justices in the last 50 years."

True, and in no way would Obama appoint anyone like him.
50 posted on 11/22/2013 12:31:49 PM PST by Steve_Seattle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-83 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson