Likely Voters: Lincoln, Reagan Best Presidents Obama Worse Than Carter, Nixon

By Gary P Jackson

An interesting poll from left wingers Newsweek/Daily Beast They polled likely voters asking them to rate the presidents, best to worse.

Out of the 43 men who have served as president [Grover Cleveland was both our 22nd and 24th president] only George W Bush is rated lower than Barack Obama. Even Richard Nixon, who resigned in disgrace, and the previous worst president in history James Earl Carter, rank higher than Obama. I think we can chalk Bush coming in last to who took the poll, but what does it say that Obama was only one place away from dead last, or worst president in history?

It’s easy to understand why Lincoln and Reagan are considered our best presidents [and Obama one of the worst] but I must protest the 33rd ranking of Calvin Coolidge. Coolidge was actually one of our best presidents, and the one Ronald Reagan most wanted to emulate.

The ten best presidents:

1.Abraham Lincoln, +27 points (28 percent place in top-2, 1 percent place in bottom-2)

2. Ronald Reagan, +25 points (31 percent place in top-2, 6 percent place in bottom-2)

3. Franklin D. Roosevelt, +22 points (23 percent place in top-2, 1 percent place in bottom-2)

4. John F. Kennedy, +19 points (19 percent place in top-2, 0 percent place in bottom-2)

5. (tie) George Washington, +15 points (16 percent place in top-2, 1 percent place in bottom-2)

5. (tie) Bill Clinton, +15 points (28 percent place in top-2, 13 percent place in bottom-2)

7. Thomas Jefferson, +6 points (6 percent place in top-2, 0 percent place in bottom-2)

8. (tie) Teddy Roosevelt, +5 points (5 percent place in top-2, 0 percent place in bottom-2)

8. (tie) Harry S. Truman, +5 points (5 percent place in top-2, 0 percent place in bottom-2)

10. Dwight D. Eisenhower, +4 points (5 percent place in top-2, 1 percent place in bottom-2)

The ten worst presidents:

33.(tie) Andrew Johnson, -2 points (0 percent place in top-2, 2 percent place in bottom-2)

33. (tie) Warren G. Harding, -2 points (0 percent place in top-2, 2 percent place in bottom-2)

33. (tie) Calvin Coolidge, -2 points (0 percent place in top-2, 2 percent place in bottom-2)

36. (tie) Lyndon B. Johnson, -3 points (1 percent place in top-2, 4 percent place in bottom-2)

36. (tie) Gerald Ford, -3 points (1 percent place in top-2, 4 percent place in bottom-2)

38. Herbert Hoover, -4 points (0 percent place in top-2, 4 percent place in bottom-2)

39. George H.W. Bush, -9 points (4 percent place in top-2, 13 percent place in bottom-2)

40. Jimmy Carter, -20 points (5 percent place in top-2, 25 percent place in bottom-2)

41. Richard Nixon, -24 points (2 percent place in top-2, 26 percent place in bottom-2)

42. Barack Obama, -25 points (11 percent place in top-2, 36 percent place in bottom-2)

43. George W. Bush, -39 points (4 percent place in top-2,
43 percent place in bottom-2)

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