Now Rasmussen's poll only included President's for the last 50 years but Gallup's poll included all the presidents. Interesting enough Reagan was polled to be the greatest of all time this year for the third time out of 8 times the Gallup poll has polled this question.
We will start with Gallup poll results first and then the Rasmussen result next. Here is Gallup poll's comments in article titlted Americans Say Reagan Is the Greatest U.S. President notice that the comments reveal that Lincoln, Kennedy and Reagan have shared the spot over the last 8 times this poll has been taken and Lincoln has 4 years.
Presidents Day, celebrated on the third Monday of February each year, officially commemorates the Feb. 22 birthday of George Washington. The country's first president is not regarded by Americans as the nation's greatest president, however. Gallup's Feb. 2-5 update shows that Washington comes in fifth on the list, behind Reagan, Lincoln, Clinton, and Kennedy.
In the eight times Gallup has asked this same "greatest president" question over the last 12 years, one of three presidents -- Lincoln, Reagan, and Kennedy -- has topped the list each time. Reagan was the top vote getter in 2001, 2005, and now 2011. Lincoln won in 1999, in two 2003 surveys, and in 2007. Kennedy was on top in 2000, and tied with Lincoln in November 2003."
Now to move on to the Rasmussen poll of most influential President's over the last 50 years in an article titled 37% Consider Reagan Most Influential President of the Last 50 Years.
"Americans view Ronald Reagan as America's most influential president in the past half-century.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 37% of American Adults consider Reagan the most influential president in the last 50 years. John F. Kennedy is a distant second with 21%, closely followed by Bill Clinton who earns 19% support. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Just five percent (5%) say George W. Bush was most influential, followed by Lyndon B. Johnson (4%), Jimmy Carter (3%) and Richard M. Nixon (2%). Bottoming out the list are George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford with one percent (1%) support each. Barack Obama was not on the list since his presidency is not yet over.
Reagan's numbers have been improving in recent years. In 2001, among post-war presidents, he ranked third after Kennedy and Dwight D. Eisenhower. That same year, Reagan ranked ninth in favorability among all American presidents.
But by last year, 17% rated Reagan as America's most influential president in terms of his impact on history, third behind George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Washington is the only U.S. president who is officially honored with a federal holiday, but given a list of some of America’s most influential other past presidents, more than one-in-four Americans now say Reagan should be honored with a federal holiday if another president were to be commemorated...."
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