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02.17.08

Best Presidents In History - 2008 Harris Poll

Harris Interactive conducted an online poll within the United States last month. They asked over 2000 adults: Which one of the following presidents do you think was the best overall president in our history?

The list included all presidents since Franklin Roosevelt, along with some of the more famous from earlier in American history – George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Calvin Coolidge.

Scores were tallied by adding the percentage of those who answered “best” and “second best” for each president. Among modern leaders, Ronald Reagan ranked highest, but even his cache could not compete with the mighty Abe Lincoln, who was named the top president by 20 percent of those surveyed.

Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln, who is at the center of this rare photo, delivers his inaugural address from the Capitol's east portico.
Here are the results:
  1. Abraham Lincoln
  2. Ronald Reagan
  3. Franklin Roosevelt
  4. John Kennedy
  5. George Washington
  6. Bill Clinton
  7. Thomas Jefferson
  8. Harry Truman
  9. Theodore Roosevelt
  10. George W. Bush
  11. Dwight Eisenhower
  12. Jimmy Carter
  13. Richard Nixon
  14. George H.W. Bush
  15. Lyndon Johnson
  16. Gerald Ford
  17. John Adams
  18. Andrew Jackson
  19. Woodrow Wilson
  20. Calvin Coolidge

Posted by Michael McKinney at 12:02 AM
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