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article imageReagan named best president since WWII; second in history

By Tim O'Brien     Feb 19, 2012 in Politics
One was born in Illinois and the other made the state his home. They are Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln, and both polled the highest in the latest Harris Interactive Poll of presidents.
The findings are released just in time for Presidents' Day, a day to honor Lincoln and George Washington. The day has, to a certain extent, morphed into a day to look at them all.
Of presidents since World war II, Reagan tops the list while Franklin Roosevelt comes in second. When all the presidents are added in, it is Lincoln holding the top spot and Reagan second.
Taking a look at the worst list finds George W. Bush and then Barack Obama.
The obvious part of the polling is that, depending on the party one belongs, that leader pulls in a better percentage. For example, for the nest president since WWII, Reagan got 55 percent of Republicans and only 4 percent of Democrats. It was, perhaps, the Independents, who put the top three into those positions. Of the Independents, 24 percent went with Reagan. FDR and third place finisher John Kennedy all had Independents in the double digits, None of the others did.
Here is the list of top five best presidents since WWII:
1. Ronald Reagan
2. Franklin Roosevelt
3. John Kennedy
4. Bill Clinton
5. Dwight Eisenhower
Barack Obama is No. 7 here and on the best overall list.
Best presidents in history:
1. Abraham Lincoln
2. Ronald Reagan
3. George Washington
4. John Kennedy
5. Bill Clinton
Worst president since WWII:
1. George W. Bush
2. Barack Obama
3. Richard Nixon
4. Bill Clinton
5. Jimmy Carter
Now, let's take a look at the recent Gallup poll. It also has Reagan in its top spot. However, they look at the favorable/unfavorable rating and go back only to Richard Nixon. Their poll is a snapshot of recent history, attention spans and recent headlines.
Highest favorable ratings since Nixon:
1. Ronald Reagan - 69 percent
2. Bill Clinton - 60 percent
3. George H.W. Bush - 35 percent
4. Barack Obama - 38 percent
5. Gerald Ford - 21 percent
In this poll, Nixon is last.
* This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between January 16 and 23, 2012 among 2,016 adults (aged 18 and over).
* Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted Feb. 2-5, 2012, with a random sample of 1,029 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
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