Skip to comments.CNN Poll: JFK tops presidential rankings for last 50 years
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.
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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.
Yep. CNN touting the high approval ratings of a sex addict. Nice.
Third worst president of my lifetime. Apparently CNN polled a bunch of mouth-breathers.
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.
Ask them again next year without all of the tv specials and wall to wall news praise.
Drug addict too.
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...
do you think kennedy would have involved us as deeply in viet nam as johnson
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.
Given your name, I’m shocked—who is better than he: Zero, Carter, or Clinton?
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.
I think that ranking is pretty good. I may swap Reagan with JFK but both should be 1 or 2.
Carter (DEAD LAST)
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.
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.
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
George W. Bush
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.
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?
He had great hair, and went to Harvard.
What more does it take?
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.
“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.
I had forgotten about the SCOTUS. When did White leave?
Proof positive that American is doomed.
When will he be canonized a saint?
True, it didn’t work for Kerry, LOL.
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.
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...
Voted for by the same culture that selects its favorite rap stars based on how many times they “got shot” or “went to jail”.
I wonder what his rating would be if he had not been killed.
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.
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...
LOL- look at the poll; Jimmy Carter gets a 60% approval rating!!! LMFAO- shows the validity of this crap contest...
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.
and why not
Liberals have sold him; he is (the myths about him) are what they made him
JFK has received nothing but worship in the media for 50 years.
Reagan achieved his popularity while being trashed daily by the same MSM.
Notice Nixon is called out as being forced from office(he resigned.) And the only elected President to be impeached? Who might that be?
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.
OOps! Thanks...I should have said FOURTH worst president. Good catch!
That would be the nation’s first Black president.
The dope from Hope...
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.
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.