15 February 2016

40% say Reagan greatest of last ten presidents but Democrats get most votes


For Presidents Day we asked the YouGov First Verdict panel to say which of the last ten US presidents was the greatest. Ronald Reagan was a clear winner with 40% voting for him. His victory might partly reflect the likelihood that Republican-minded panellists all lined up behind him. Other Republican presidents in the list scored very poorly: the two Bush presidents receiving just 1% each and Ford and Nixon receiving almost no votes at all.

Three Democratic presidents, in contrast, all scored in double figures. Barack Obama topped the Democratic primary with 19%, John F Kennedy received 16% and Bill Clinton 16%.

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The total percentage for Democratic presidents equalled 54% and just 42% voted for Republicans.

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Tim Montgomerie is Editor of Portrait of America