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Poll: Americans say Reagan the best president, favor George W. Bush to Thomas Jefferson

By David Edwards
Monday, February 21, 2011 11:09 EDT
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Who is the greatest president in the history of the United States? If you’re asking a random sampling of Americans, as the Gallup polling firm recently did, it would be none other than Ronald Reagan.

A recent Gallup survey found that at 19 percent, Reagan topped the list for the third time in 12 years. President Abraham Lincoln came in second at 14 percent, followed by President Bill Clinton at 13 percent.

President John F. Kennedy rounded out fourth at 11 percent, and President Barack Obama came in seventh, at five percent.

Amazingly enough, President George W. Bush was chosen by just two percent, placing him in 10th: one spot ahead of President Thomas Jefferson, an influential member of the nation’s founders.

In eight surveys over the last 12 years, Americans have always chosen Reagan, Lincoln or Kennedy to top the list. Reagan was the first choice in 2001, 2005 and 2001. Lincoln topped the list in 1993, and twice in 2003. President John F. Kennedy won out in 2000.

On President’s Day Monday, Americans celebrated the birthday of President George W. Washington, but only 10 percent picked him as the greatest.

The poll, like many political questions, was seen through a partisan lens. At 38 percent, most Republicans were more likely to pick Reagan, while 22 percent of Democrats picked Clinton.

Reagan’s return to the top may have been helped by his image being used in recent advertising campaigns. In August, the Republican Study Committee (RSC) created an Internet advertisement called “Those Voices Don’t Speak for the Rest of Us,” juxtaposing video of a famous Reagan speech with context-free clips of Democrats such as Rep. Barney Frank, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama.

Reagan has also been a media cause celebre in recent weeks, with his 100th birthday passing recently.

Reagan administration budget director David Stockman recently told Raw Story that military spending policies of Reagan era have all but doomed the US economy, even today.

“The Cold War is long over,” he explained. “The wars of occupation are almost over and were complete failures — Afghanistan and Iraq. The American empire is done. There are no real seriously armed enemies left in the world that can possibly justify an $800 billion national defense and security establishment, including Homeland Security.”

Americans also seem willing to ignore a recent book by the president’s son, Ron Reagan, that said the conservative icon may have been exhibiting signs of Alzheimer’s disease while still in the White House.

His son, who’s identified himself as a liberal and an atheist, wrote that in 1984, as his father went on to become the oldest president ever reelected at age 74, the younger Reagan began to “experience the nausea of a bad dream coming true” with regards to his father’s mental condition.

He’d already suspected “something beyond mellowing” had begun to affect President Reagan and characterized his debate performance against Democratic nominee Walter Mondale as “fumbling,” “lost,” “tired and bewildered.”

In fact, CBS reporter Leslie Stahl had recalled in her 2000 book, “Reporting Live,” that Regan had acted like a “doddering space cadet,” in a 1986 meeting.

She even suggested that CBS News came extremely close to reporting that Reagan’s condition had deteriorated so far that he was no longer fit to be president..

The results of Gallup’s poll follow.

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– With earlier reports

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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  • Buford2k11

    Oh boy is that wrong.

  • ghostof911

    Pop quiz. Which one’s the trained monkey?

    Hint. The handsome one isn’t a monkey but a chimp.

    The correct answer is America’s Bestest President.

  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    A tribute to the effectiveness of elite programs of mind control. Well done guys, you made black white, up down, and smart daft.

  • tsuki

    God, I miss Mom. Her remark would have been “You can’t fix stupid”.

    There Mom. That one is for you.

  • Jaimie11

    Ha, ha, ha – those 5% with no opinion are the smart ones.

  • Anonymous

    What a bunch of bull. GWB was the biggest disappointment in my lifetime – he can’t be in public 5 seconds without betraying his sophomoric ignorance. And Reagan was clueless and misguided, but his story has been rewritten by the vast right-wing media machine.

    Proves that rewriting history works.

  • Anonymous

    Just goes to show how effective propaganda is. Say it often enough and it becomes fact.

  • Anonymous

    See what propaganda, is able to do? In five years, W will have scrubbed his past, to mirror a country song played backward.

  • Anonymous

    Reagan was a puppet for the power elites.
    He was a disgrace.

    And that fuckhead bush comes out ahead of jefferson?

    We are a bunch of morons….we deserve what we get.

  • Anonymous

    actually, I am suspect of all polls.

  • Anonymous

    you have to ask how these polls are sampled…………. if by hard wire phone …………..then GOP SPIN

    HOW DO THEY DO YOUNG PEOPLE AND HOMELESS…..POOR……………….?

  • Anonymous

    Shows how ignorant the American people are regarding history.

  • Anonymous

    This shows what a poor knowledge and understanding most Americans have about our history.

  • http://twitter.com/oldivory OLD IVORY

    Uh, I guess none of the people protesting in Wisconsin were polled. Maybe young people are not aware of the number of people who lost their jobs in the 80′s as a result of Reagan’s union busting. Og, and lost their pensions in concurrent S&L scam of which Jeb Bush was a beneficiary.

  • gypski®

    Its the result of an uneducated populace. Nothing else could be blamed other then being spoon fed bullshit for the past 40 years.

  • Anonymous

    God, you really CAN fool some of the people ALL of the time. Reagan was the second WORST president in history. I put Buchannan ahead of him, and his inaction led directly to the Civil War. Reagan started the divide and conquer games that have destroyed the society that we used to have. Reagan should be shown as an example of a domestic ENEMY and what to watch out for in the future so you could AVOID it like the plague. Only W is worse. I feel sorry for this country with this many IDIOTS taking polls.

  • http://www.republithugs.com gfm975

    This poll had to be 90% white and 100% in Red states…. otherwise, how else do you explain Howdy Doody’s popularity?

  • SocialistCafe

    Well, that and it shows how effective right wing propaganda is. The right has been claiming that Reagan was the best for decades.

  • mjcc1987

    Generally, Americans know little of history or geography. Give it a few more years and no one will remember Regan and Clinton will be #1. Fuck, we can’t even name the country north of us let alone be smart enough to discern a great President. This poll is meaningless

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RWR76UJBC6WIC4PUA3RG2OA5QI Umm Shams

    We are all united in our amnesia!

  • Anonymous

    No wonder this country is so F’ ed up! Intelligence is definitely not an American trait when George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton rank higher than Thomas Jefferson.

    Beam me up Scotty. There’s no intelligent life here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046573071 Matt Mosley

    Shows you just how dumb Americans are.

  • http://www.republithugs.com gfm975

    And by the way, can you guess which demographic is still holding on to land lines with a kung fu grip just like they hold on to their guns? Gallup needs to join the rest of us.. and get beyond polling just land line phones. How ignorant can they be?

  • Anonymous

    Reagan sold us out.

  • Anonymous

    There may be considerable doubt about the education and intelligence of the average American. But what this poll reveals that most Americans, without a doubt, are right wing haters of social justice.

  • Anonymous

    Proof positive that propaganda works!. I read a great article years ago comparing the differences between the average Soviet citizen and the average American citizen. The Soviets stated at least they were smart enough to know that their news was all propaganda, while Americans were so dumb that they did not know they were being propagandized. How true.

  • Anonymous

    We’ve time traveled to 1984.

  • Mein Furor

    Most Americans are completely clueless about politics and know almost nothing of American history. And this poll proves it.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, let me choose the sample population, the sample size, and frame the questions, and I’ll have the presidential ticket of Idi Amin and Pol Pot ahead by twenty points in the next election, you betcha!

    Leland R. Erickson

    Citizen

    “There are liars, damn liars, and statisticians!”

    - Mark Twain

  • Anonymous

    You know, that would be true if those 5% realized that the judgments of history are often fleeting, and that those historical figures who are considered “great” by the general population are usually only seen that way because of apocryphal stories or deliberate aggrandizement for the purpose of manipulation.

    In this case, the 5% with no opinion probably didn’t recognize any of the names on the list.

  • Anonymous

    a nation of rabid morons indeed… but do realize that gallup has been renowned for fabricated pools for years and exposed for that. of note that in 1994, 60% denied voting for reagan and many who did said they wouldn’t do it again if they had it to do over. obama calling reagan ‘a major influence on me… a transformative figure.’ make me puke! he was known as the stupidest man in hollywood and had alzheimers before he was even in office… as GE’s spokesman, he was seen as an embarrassment by 1978, drooled and told same joke 3 times in a row; got drunk on one glass of wine and went non sequituur in mid-sentence… on second thought, maybe he was the best prez?

  • Anonymous

    Firstly, it’s a ridiculous question. The only correct answer is ‘no opinion,’ because they didn’t give ‘that’s a stupid question’ as a choice.
    Secondly, you are asking people who can’t find their own country on a map, who don’t believe in evolution, believe in angels and ufos. Clinton?!??! Clearly he is the only non-awful/horrible president whose name these people could remember.
    I really hate when the so-called ‘news’ asks the ‘people-on-the-street’ what they think. We are lookinjg for first-hand information, not some uniformed person’s opinion of it.

  • Anonymous

    i was a teen watching the iran/contra hearings and reagan’s testimony. I asked my dad how can this guy be president? he either doesn’t remember anything or is lying. my dad told me none of that mattered: reagan cut taxes.

    you need no moral compass as a leader as long as you’re willing to cut taxes. My dad still loves the memory of reagan, and I’m still dumbfounded.

  • Anonymous

    This illustrates just how bad education is in the U.S. and how pervasive right-wing propaganda works.

  • Guest

    “Proves that rewriting history works.”

    The one thing they’re good at.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZDBCUTOR7XW24NTIF7XEHLJ34Q Oz

    Fascism is not only alive and well but it is even being regaled.

    I only wish I could forgive the ignorance – but I can’t.

  • Anonymous

    Who the hell did they poll? The gop voter list? The republicans have done a wonderful job of rewriting history of the republican presidents. They have very low standards for their presidents! Reagan was a doddering old fool who was a figure head. He did what he was told and the republicans [after the fact] have glorified him beyond belief! The republicans are mindless sheep and believe what they have been told. They don’t think independently and if asked why he was the greatest I’m sure they would have trouble explaining! Funny all of these polls and no one has ever called me regarding anything! Actually if truth be told we are still suffering from reagans genius economic policies, but the stupid republicans have been told so often the trickle down theory works perfectly they believe, even though they are living in poverty, it is working!!!!!!!! If reagan is our greatest president we need to start taking applications for prez from foreign countries!!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3WYAWTN4LJ2TAZGFCL3U4H6AWM TheGuru

    These are the same people who either doubt that the U.S. landed on the moon, or that the first person to walk on the moon was Louis Armstrong.

    Wow, they could find at least 100 people who can pull themselves away from American Idol, or did they just make it a text poll?

  • Anonymous

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha. Of course. What would you expect? This is america: home of mickey mouse,

  • Guest

    Or the Unions.

  • Guest

    For if you [the rulers] suffer your people to be ill-educated, and their manners to be corrupted from their infancy, and then punish them for those crimes to which their first education disposed them, what else is to be concluded from this, but that you first make thieves [and outlaws] and then punish them.

  • tbl92666

    If this is true; we past ‘screwed’ about three exits back.

  • Guest

    Have you ever known anyone who has taken a poll?

  • TheDevilCanDance

    As a nation, America has the collective wisdom of a bag of doorknobs.

  • Guest

    and delusion.

  • Guest

    and lovers of the abuse of capitalism.

  • Anonymous

    Hey! Don’t besmirch Howdy’s name! I loved Howdy Doody when I was a kid! He was a lot smarter and more popular than any republican president!

  • Guest

    My wife is Russian and has said the same before. The word pravda which is what they call their newspaper means truth.

  • Anonymous

    No, but I had a Hungarian, once (ba dum ching!).

    Seriously, I actually refuse to do them. I have been called by a few, mostly I think because I’m registered as an independent. Election times are particularly annoying. They can wait for my vote to see what I think. I find that it’s so easy to skew the results that you can make an audience say whatever you want.

  • Guest

    God!, that avatar puts the UG in ugly

  • Anonymous

    Stop relying on some stupid teacher who gives no care about your kids…. teach them yourself. If we cannot stem the tide of ignorance…… why do we even care if it sweeps us away?

  • Guest

    And this is front page headline news folks! If I were this newspaper, I would be ashamed.

  • Anonymous

    Well, now we know why this nation is wallowing in the mud as of late. I had a sneaky suspicion, but now it’s been confirmed. Americans have become politicized idiots, and again, with braces on their brains!

  • 7rob7

    Reagan raised taxes 11 times in eight years, busted unions, and negotiated with/funded terrorists.

    If that’s our “best,” we’re in a heap of doo-doo.

  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    This validates the notion that the public can be molded into what to think.

    The public can be prodded like cows into thinking whatever the propagandists want us to.

    We are as a group a confused mass and our society is designed that way.

    We make our political decisions like we choose laundry soap. Not because of dispassionate rational decision making. We buy the pretty box, the positioning on the shelve and an advertising campaign that makes of believe our “choice” makes us seem smarter, prettier and of a higher social status. We are manipulated to believe that the opposition will lead us into chaos and tyranny. Either choice brings the same result, our desires are not met and our fears are not resolved.

    We live in Orwell’s nightmare.

  • Anonymous

    Reagan sucked ass. He did the same as Gov. of California.

  • Anonymous

    What this poll really proves is that US citizens don’t know SHIT about their own history.
    So sad.

  • Anonymous

    BS

  • Anonymous

    Oh man, what a sad state of affairs.

  • Anonymous

    paul waverick goo-goo syndrome:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GBAsFwPglw

  • Anonymous

    History is written by the victors.
    Neo-Cons won, rewrote history, and won again.
    After all, they own all the mass media. All the television, all the radio, all the newspapers and their websites, all the ISP’s, all the cables and satellites, all the telecoms. All of it.

  • Anonymous

    Just more background noise. If you keep it high enough no one can think or discern. All part of the plan to marginalize labor rights. To conservatives only money and wealth have rights. I can’t think of enough denigrating descriptors for the enablers that keep giving these people power. Karma is real. We create the universe dynamically by our actions. Physics is theorizing multiple dimensions and universes. “My fathers house has many rooms” We are all one.

    Love one another.
    Do as you would have done.
    First do no harm.
    Listen, reason, respond.

  • Ma’at

    19% huh. If that’s the most any of them can muster then maybe they all suck. Or maybe, in a nation that less than 45% knew that the GOP took back the House, that buy Justin Bieber records, that is renowned world wide for it’s stupidity in history, geography and math, maybe American opinion means preciously … dick.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like we’re well down the road to an Idiocracy if Americans believe that.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQGHJXLUOWMCPUMVDH3646KAWU Dan

    “The future determines the past” …..so it is true. I feel nauseated. I shouldn’t have read this article.

  • dolly lanna

    That is just WRONG. Who are they asking? Cannot be anybody who really knows history. Americans are getting more and more brainwashed and clearly stupid. Shameful.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3QIJ4LGZX6PZOJSD57QIC3NRAA Straw

    I was wondering why Progs were falling past my window.

  • Guest

    I know a card trick that makes you pick the card I want you to pick.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lon-Warneke/1409625620 Lon Warneke

    That “Americans say Reagan the best president, favor George W. Bush to Thomas Jefferson” is just a clear indication of how really sick and screwed up this country is.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6VIII2XPU4HUPLANTLEJGSYN7A jARED

    This is like polling adolescents on their favorite pre-Raphaelite scholar.

  • Spire

    sadly, yes. when more people vote for American idol than for an American president …

  • Anonymous

    You’re hallucinating. Too much regressive kool-aide.

  • Ken Levy

    The headline could have been “Americans Unfamiliar with American History.”

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, but you’ve got to admit that the righties have the best trick of all, they can make a huge number of people believe things that are actually against those people’s very survival.

  • Anonymous

    People are not informed at all. I think Johnson should be in the top 3.

  • Anonymous

    The economic S&M crowd. Black leather for everyone!

  • RichWa

    According to this poll 81 percent of respondents think Reagan is not the greatest president.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RLZ4TGPXVEIV5X5RMT3DHTSPIU Dopp

    With GE’s homage to Reagan playing on TV several times each day, all the “news” coverage of his 100th birthday, young Ron’s appearances on all the talk show hawking his new book, and “news” stories about some congressmen wanting to put him on various coins and bills, Reagan is probably the only president’s name many could pull off the top of their heads…

  • Anonymous

    There needs to be a written test before people can take polls.

  • Anonymous

    Reagan’s policies are the cause of most of the problems we’re dealing with now . . . Americans are some dumb MoFos

  • Anonymous

    No wonder this country is so screwed. Americans are idiots.

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately, most of those who do teach their kids themselves don’t seem to have the sense or knowledge God gave a turnip. Some do, and good for them (and their kids). But it’s kind of like the white power folks, they are an embarrassment to people of ANY ethnic group, and they hold themselves up as an example of pride. They sure as hell don’t make anyone what to be like them, that’s for sure. In fact, they are an embarrassment to those of us who share their skin color.

    I’m all for bringing back actual books. I think the leaning on electronics is not a good thing for learning. And it’s about time that we actually fund education like we give a damn about it. There is all this “throwing money at education isn’t the answer” when we’ve NEVER actually tried that. And yet with everything else, we have this idea that “you get what you pay for”. Why does that apply to a refrigerator but not your kid’s education? I have no kids, but I don’t complain about paying property taxes because I think it’s ALL of our responsibility to help take care of OURSELVES, and that includes educating people’s kids. If we actually gave a damn about giving our kids a chance in this world, we would be educating the living snot out of them, either at home or in school somewhere.

    And if we don’t start educating the next generation better than we are now, we will have nothing but little Limbaughholics to deal with in the upcoming years. NONE of us needs that! It’s bad enough with the idiots we have now.

  • Anonymous

    This poll’s results prove that not only is America (in general) dumber than any other nation but also the brainwashing worked beyond the establishment’s wildest expectations. America is so fucked. I’ve been paying attention to Egypt and now the rest of N. Africa, the Middle East and beyond, and I’ve been reading mainly the Guardian, but when I come back to America and see the headlines here, one can only imagine the disconnect between important stuff and then American triviality, like Palin, or a missing child, or gay marriage, etc. Even the Wisconsin protest is doomed when you have nuts like Ms. Fuller or the head of the Teachers Union in Wisconsin who opposes the protests. This is of course all beside the point that the Wisconsin teachers cannot stop by simply having Walker concede the issue, but there must be consequences and Walker must resign and pay for the damage he’s caused. Also, Kasich in Ohio needs to resign or have the same actions taken against him, but even that is not nearly enough. The whole system and establishment have got to go, and the people have to enforce (finally) the Constitution’s equality provisions and end economic, political and judicial inequalities that are rife and endemic in America.

  • Anonymous

    Polling Demographic: Richest 1% and some Tea Party affiliates
    Oh, did they ask Sarah Palin? Doesn’t count if they didn’t – naughty, naughty…

  • Anonymous

    wow that IS fuk’dup!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WZCRCELF2YUAWT5MZHSTMRQICE peter

    There you go again, polling those blue hairs on the land lines.

  • YeaSayer

    You must love the smell of napalm in the morning.

  • Guest

    For all those Progressives waiting to gear up for a fight for unions, a la Madison, ain’t happening every where. Not when the biggest reason we are in this current mess is because of one Ronald (McDonald) Reagan and obviously not enough of us know it.

    Break up the trans-national multi media corporations from perpetuating lie after lie after lie.

  • Anonymous

    Fools for oligarchs are the easiest to control.

  • http://twitter.com/btmfdrsheaven rebecca meritt

    Reagan was a good acting prez, he tanned well,showed up for photo shoots,learned his script,and gave the great pseudo performance of a lifetime. And repuggs today still don’t know it was all a show.

  • Guest

    Americans are not idiots, just horribly busy and misinformed. We are detracted from reality by having to work 2 jobs, taking care of children, parents and grandparents and no real journalism on the TV.

  • DriveBy

    Living proof that a corporate MSM can polish any turd…. and also living proof that Americans are brain-dead retards.

  • http://twitter.com/btmfdrsheaven rebecca meritt

    Where did you get that picture of him and his vice president? Reagan always took a good pic but that’s one of the best of GHWB I’ve seen.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GQQIJ5U6H3BDGSXIMPCJSHHUPY Pee Pee

    I, for one, welcome our new, falsely nostalgic overlords.

  • Anonymous

    yeah, when Thomas Jefferson is equal with W on a poll then you know it’s bullshit. Puhlease. And the only thing Reagan was the best at was reading a script. “Well, there you go again…”

  • YeaSayer

    One percent chose the correct answer (none). Most of them presided over unnecessary wars, and all of them helped build the Federal Government into the corrupt leviathan it is today.

  • Guest

    It was The Reagan who did away with Civics being taught in our classrooms. Kind of like Berlusconi winning 90% of the vote in Italy, when he owned 95% of the media. If you control the media, you control the message. Funny how Reagan is #1, but somebody like Nixon (who I would choose between the 2 if I had to) still manages to crack the Top Ten.

  • Anonymous

    There has only been one Great President since Lincoln, and his initials are FDR. Name one thing Reagan did for the common man? Oh, that’s right, he helped the Rich become RICH. If you are using electricity for your computer you can thank FDR for it. Mom on Social Security? FDR. Strong American military? FDR. His list is endless. Reagan’s tax breaks for the wealthy will be the end of America as we knew it.

  • Guest

    We are down the road and have just drove past a sign that reads:

    “Stupidtowne City Limits”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KJJ4KEVT2Z5RDHTIRGJOUWL2EA Paul M

    I think that this Poll was used as with many other polls, to see the responses of the “dumbing down” efffect of the american people. Apart from not knowning which administrations served the interest of american history well and those that had not is beyond sad. What it worse is that people are so tolerent towards deceiving governments effecting their very lives. With americans voting on polls without concerned thought is what proves that THEIR agenda is working as designed.

  • Anonymous

    the delusion here is STAGGERING…. utterly, absolutely, completely, irrevocably delusional… no wonder we’re sliding down the ole shit mountain faster than a greased…..

  • Anonymous

    One likes to believe that America’s greatest President is still to come.

  • Guest

    Which is why we have been doomed to repeat it since Reagan, like some insane 30-year version of Groundhog Day. I want to wake up from this collective nightmare!!!!!

  • Guest

    The Public WOULD NOT be molded into what to think if we had a truly informative and journalistic media!

  • Jaimie11

    You may be correct. They took part in the poll. I always decline. In fact, come to think of it, polls should publish a statistic showing how many declined to take part. Might give us an idea of what percentage of the people are waking up or awake.

  • Guest

    How and when do you teach your kids when both parents have to work just to keep a roof over their heads and food in there mouths? Are you kidding?

  • Jaimie11

    Worked for Goebbels.

  • Guest

    You don’t have to forgive the ignorance, just FIGHT IT, bro!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/KHUGSYMRDZ635QMFO5P6UA5MTM nunya

    How nice of them to ignore Reagan for years ignoring AIDS when it was a small problem, until it was out of control

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L3CO7EDEIVXRO47OAWUBUUBJXA Textynn Textynn

    Reagan had dementia the first term and full blown Alzheimer’s the second term. A mentally feeble man was the best president. Boy, Americans really are stupid people. A man whose brain was not functioning perfectly represents them.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7JZFIK3AWY6DKT6EK734UG3I54 Totally

    This is one of those polls that prove how worthless polls are. First of all, the exact wording of the questions is not given. Remember that old grammar school taunt, “Does you dad still beat your mom?”
    Second, they do not define the sample from which they drew their responses. A poll of 100 members of an orthodox synagogue about the impact of the holocaust would have a slightly different bent than 100 people from a German-American Bund.

    Actually, the worst thing I can imagine, is that this poll might, somehow, be accurate. If it were, I would seriously consider moving to another country, because this summary completely undermines my belief in the average American as a relatively benign, intelligent, caring individual. The responses to this poll tell me these are not the kind of people I would ever want to live near.

  • Scuby

    That George W. finished higher in this poll than Thomas Jefferson tells you all you need to know about the value of this poll.

  • YeaSayer

    I hate Reagan, but from a liberal perspective he was better than Obama. Taxes on the rich were higher under Reagan than now. Reagan knew when to cut his troop losses in the Middle East. Even Reagan’s games in Grenada and Nicaragua were less malevolent (and risky) than Obama’s undeclared war in Pakistan.

  • Jaimie11

    The left does that too. They are also lackeys for the oligarchs. Your agreeing with the sweet lies they tell you doesn’t make those lies true.

  • Guest

    Republicans:
    Don’t believe in govt and when they get elected into office, only prove it.

    Reagan did away with Civics teaching in public schools when he hired Bill Bennett as his Dept of Education chief. Bennett, who lost to Reagan in the 1980 primary, ran on the elimination of public education. Just the kind of bloke you want to run the DOE until it’s DOA!

    This is who these fucks are! They don’t BELIEVE in govt, just privatizing everything. Dubya did the same thing. The run something purposely into the ground and then claim govt doesn’t work.

    You want someone who hates kids to watch them for you? Then why do we accept political candidates who fundamentally don’t believe in govt and EVERYTHING is a reason to make huge profits at the expense of everyone and everything?!

  • mick

    They only “poll” people with “land line ” phones …not very representative of the actual population any more .

  • Anonymous

    To achieve the results that they did,they would have had to determine the most mentally challenged demographics possible to be polled.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3QIJ4LGZX6PZOJSD57QIC3NRAA Straw

    No one cared about your wild tales when your book came out, Ron Jr. No one cares now.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/JOFFWKUYN3IGG7UMLLVL5EPAJ4 Egret

    Reagan was the culmination of the Business Plot. He was a impotent figurehead president fronting for the oligarchy. It’s hard for me to believe he could be anybody’s favorite president, but then again “The Dukes of Hazzard” and “Airwolf” were popular at the time, so I guess anything is possible.

  • Guest

    It would seem the right wants to be lied to and the left wants to be told what to do. Interesting…

  • http://twitter.com/duaneponcy Duane Poncy

    The percentage who voted for right-wing Republicans: 22%
    The percentage who voted for someone else: 78%

    It’s all in how you present the figures.

  • Anonymous

    What a crock of crap. Gallup has been coming out with what ever result wingnuts want for years. The question should have been who’s administration was the most corrupt, they would have gotten the same answer.

  • Anonymous

    LBJ got Civil rights act through and medicare, voting rights act. In contrast, Lincoln would have saved the union if it still meant having slaves, Washington owned slaves, FDR interned Japanese in camps. All presidents have their faults and Vietnam was Johnson’s.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GVJIFI42UTTUWTYZB52SAP7A7I Kyle

    Nobody asked me or anyone I know. This is one of the dumbest polls ever.

  • Guest

    Reagan by design, went after the unions because the uber-right knew it would destroy by defunding the Democratic Party and the Labor Movement. In a time now, when virtually the entire private sector work force is union-free, going after the Public Service Employee Unions is the next and final step in decapitating an already neutered Party and divide us against each other by class.

    This is how we then get stuck with DINOs like Obama and Clinton (both DLCers who represent the CORPORATE wing of the Dem Party) who helped deregulate the finance industry, (repealing The Glass-Steagall Act that ultimately gave us the infamous Housing Bubble) allow the further consolidation of the media (Telecomm Act of 96) and further eroding workers rights and the cost of labor thru NAFTA and CAFTA.

    Public Campaign Finance Reform

    Until this gets addressed nothing else will ever change.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with them a lot less than you think. I don’t trust democrats, but I detest republicans. I do recognize which party it is that has openly declared war on the American people, and I know when it started, too. And I know who’s financing them, and when they bought out BOTH parties. I’m not as naive as you think. In fact, I’m pretty much cynical as hell. I come by it honestly.

  • Anonymous

    And it’s really annoying to those of us who like NEITHER.

  • Anonymous

    Tragedy of his suicide.

  • David R Velasquez

    Just shows how utterly ignorant and self absorbed most americans are.

    Kind of hard to worry about warnings of the fall of Western Civilization when you’re busy rooting for it.

  • Anonymous

    Reagan raised taxes 11 times

  • Anonymous

    Reagan was for HUGE government … LIMITED to only corporations that supported the GOP.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MSVG73USMG342DWORQKIEJ6HVQ Bob

    Reagan was horrible. The only worse were W. Bush and Nixon. The American people must have amnesia if they’ve already forgotten how bad these tyrants were. America, country of dummies.

  • Anonymous

    Reagan should get an Academy Award for his role as president

  • David R Velasquez

    Actually, I’m being unfair here. I’m accusing most americans of ignorance (which may be true) and self absorbed selfishness and laziness of thought…which is also true. But how can anyone expect anything different from them with the kind of corporate consolidated and controlled media that we have.
    With the kind of inane trivia that they distract us …what else could you expect?

    The poor suckers never had a chance.

  • Anonymous

    Hmm, let’s see….raised taxes 11 times, still managed to triple the national debt, engaged in the Iran-contra outrage and escaped the blame by answering “I don’t recall” over 50 times at hearings into that criminal enterprise, engaged in union-busting and he’s ranked as #1.

    Did respondents have to fail an IQ test to participate?

  • Guest

    I’ve been annoyed for the longest time. I prefer the days of my youth when I didn’t concern my self with gross abuses by those in power. And since ronny, I believe abuse has become the order of the day.

  • je_proteste

    And what if you disqualify votes from intellectual incompetents? (You know, the ones who believe the world is 6000 years old and/or evolution is an atheist plot, that the ‘rapture’ is near, that global warming is a liberal plot, that free markets work…)

  • Anonymous

    And they want to fire teachers. This is a result of mis-information being spewed on FAUX and the schools not teaching history. Raygun wasn’t even a decent president in my sixty plus years.

  • Walt

    I would sure like to see a Gallup survey of those who are participating in these Gallup surveys. Because I would bet you would find a large group make up of age of 50 years or older and who are heavy FOX News watchers and low information voters. And the one group that is being left out in the younger generation.

  • Anonymous

    Welcome to Kookville.

  • http://www.theaccidentalteacher.net Accidental Teacher

    Simple explanation for Reagan’s accruing 19% of survey participants and with it rating as best president; assume about 40% of survey participants are Republicans; other recent surveys found around 50% of Republicans still believe Obama a Muslim, Palin an excellent Presidential candidate, and Cheney was a great VP; translating 50% GOP percentages to general population equals 20%. So I think it safe to assume this same 20% of Americans would believe, facts aside, anything Reagan proselytizers like Beck, Limbaugh, Fox News or Sarah Palin, would tell them. Ergo: Reagan’s 19% (with the surplus going to W). A contributing factor: Reagan is one of only a few Presidents, these lemmings, with their limited historical IQ, could probably recall (this also explains Herbert Hoovers absence from the list).

  • CozmicSeer

    Yes, a random sampling of American chimps were used for this poll. They were allowed to point at pictures and pick their favorite, then given a banana for a job well done. I think they cheated because the pictures used for Reagan was the one that ghostof911 has with his comments. Clearly, there was some bias there.

  • Winski

    You didn’t ask me !!

    Ronny Raygun ranks right up there with G.W. Bush – also known as CHIMPY – for absolutely the WORSE PRESIDENT IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND !!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_66CTHINTYLJ36RFRRWW5XUMWW4 shieldvulf

    These are preferences, not opinions, as most polling tends to measure. Opinion, after all, is ONLY a conclusion reached by the application of reason to evidence, logic on fact. As we discover over and over, Americans are astonishingly ignorant of the basic facts of their own history, not to mention the facts of our present circumstances. And they are largely unacquainted with the strictures of logical thought. Thus many (and, I fear, most) Americans are unable to form even one opinion, and fall back on guesses, feelings, prejudices, and other mainstays of childhood.

    This is the root of the anti-intellectual tradition in American politics and culture. Since our founding, there has been a sizable contingent of fearful, loud, ignorant Yahoos who resent the blessings of education they have somehow evaded. Their certainty is the product of their incapacity and ignorance. They simply don’t have the ability to consider new and unfamiliar ideas, and so resent their very existence.

    These folks, these days, are tools of a few rich white men who stir up their resentment of their educated neighbors and their nascent racism to act against their own economic and moral interests. We MUST not treat them with the hostility and contempt they expect from the professional class, as it only confirms their paranoia and sense of victimhood.

  • Anonymous

    That just shows how really stupid americans are, were idiots.
    They succeded, they’ve dumbed down americans so far that we vote againest our own best interests.
    That’s been thier game plan since Regan, kill education to the point that they don’t know any better.

  • Anonymous

    Just shows how well the GOP/Corporate propaganda machine works in this country…there are still some people in Germany (and the U.S.) who believe Hitler had the right answers…not that Reagan was Hitler…but he did more damage to this country than any other President…because he started this, “hate Government, hate education and knowledge, hate Unions, blame the victims hate the poor and less fortunate culture…..that has spread like a cancer across this country..and why not…the “,owners” bought and paid for old Reagan, put his senile, easily manipulated fool ass in the White House (along with his Marie Antoinette “designer clothes” prancing, pinched faced, greedy old wife,Nancy) making it possible for the “owners” to start the ‘politicians fire sale” that followed ……

  • Anonymous

    Half of these dillweeds weren’t even born when Ronnie was president. It’s only one in five when you stop to think about it.

  • Walt

    Who participated in this polling? A Frank Luntz survey group?

  • Anonymous

    Really ? They did not ask me and I disagree. Did Murdoch buy Gallup ?

  • http://www.theaccidentalteacher.net Accidental Teacher

    “No one in this world has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.” H.L. Mencken

  • http://www.theaccidentalteacher.net Accidental Teacher

    “No one in this world has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.” H.L. Mencken

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/K_CaOvViioLZynx.lwriWv6C_QxA3bg-#ffb59 WillyTee

    Just say No

  • Anonymous

    Well for one thing they decide how many choices you are going to have. There were just enough to give Ronnie a significant number. Add a few more names and the whole thing ends up irrelavent.

  • Anonymous

    There is no pravda in izvesia and no izvestia in pravda.

  • spike91nz

    A testament to American’s ignorance of history. The source of the economic and political troubles the US finds itself struggling with today, is RR. A hypocrite of the first order, and failure under any rational analysis, Reagan comes out as number one almost wholly as a result of the manufactured image of his presidency as mythology and spin. How appropriate that he is the highest ranking president in a country which has come to value form over content, and celebrity over character and intelligence.

  • Anonymous

    All home schoolers do is teach their own prejudice.

  • Anonymous

    Given that many have abandoned hard wire phones for wireless and wireless are protected from surveys I have serious questions on the demographics of all surveys.

    Hint: for the most part elderly folk are being surveyed.

  • Anonymous

    Wonder how they missed that one.

  • Anonymous

    A moronic list based, unfortunately, on the opinions of a people “educated” to be civic and historical morons.

  • Guest

    My opinion is that Reagan, Obama, Clinton do NOT belong in the top 10. Jefferson and Truman are rated too low.

    Bush is rated above Jefferson? Are you kidding me? Jefferson wrote the most important documents in our history; Bush couldn’t write an interesting essay on “What I did during my Summer vacation”, dragged us into a war that is bankrupting the country, authorized torture and illegally wiretapped people. Was this poll taken among people who have been dead more than thirty years? Or people who are dead from the neck up? Or just Republicans? (Same difference I guess). Bush (GWB) doesn’t belong in the top 40.

  • Anonymous

    By the way, they do acknowledge that recent publicity probably had a bearing on the results. So then why bother?

  • Anonymous

    Gallup has turned into a complete horseshit organization.

  • Anonymous

    Notice that many of these poll are “random”. There doesn’t seem to be an effort to get a representative sample any more. I would expect this from a local T.V. station but not Gallup.

  • Anonymous

    I hadn’t realized that Gallup had merged with The Onion. (That was my first reaction upon reading the headline).

  • Anonymous

    Favors George W. Bush to Thomas Jefferson……”Dubya, the war criminal” to the writer of the Declaration of Independence…….. I can only offer two explanations:

    1. The Gallup Poll is seriously flawed. OR

    2. The American people have become so thoroughly brain washed (on every conceivable level) that it wouldn’t be too difficult, at this point in time, to convince them that up is down and down is up.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry Reagan was one of the worst!

  • Anonymous

    Standars of all kinds have taken a header in this country. Latelt they’ve taken to publishing everything unfit to print.

  • Wickerman59

    The only thing this demonstrates is the piss poor educational system in this country when a movie actor turned politician out polls leaders who led their country through world wars, civil wars and depressios to emerge even stronger.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a sad day when only 8% pick FDR, certainly the most popular president ever (4 terms), and certainly the greatest of the 20th century, if not THE greatest. So much of what we take for granted today, and what is currently being fought to keep against the horde of sociopathic oligarchs and their retard theist army is thanks to him

    Thank you FDR, at least 8% of us remember what you did for your country. You stood up to your rich peer and told them “I welcome your hate”. When corporate criminals broke the law and refused to contribute to the common good, you sent the law in to haul their ass out to jail. You punished cruelty and rewarded generosity, and set an example of what it means to be president that few of your successors have even bothered to look at as a model I was born 30 years after your death, but I will never forget.

  • Anonymous

    This is probably due to holding the poll within the borders of Oklahoma, where, due to their sub-standard education, 87% vote Republican and no one left alive in the state has ever heard of Thomas Jefferson.

  • Anonymous

    I weep for the future. People CANNOT be this stupid and survive.

  • Anonymous

    170% increase in the debt and Iran-Contra too. Designer of moving American jobs overseas. Union buster. Record MIC profiteering. Did nothing to bring down the Berlin Wall except be around at the right time.

  • http://twitter.com/mujaku mujaku

    Yeah, and most American males believe John Wayne was a great American hero. America is now officially an idiocracy.

  • Anonymous

    I call Bull Pucky. This is revisionist history. (1) Reagan was not an overly popular president (2) Reagan turned a budget surplus into a deficit. (3) it was under Reagan that the deregulation that were the seeds of today’s financial situation were sown (4) Reagan was the ultimate elitist and enemy of the working man. One need only look at what he did to the air traffic controllers.

    We are reaping the consequences of his administration, and I can only say that if Americans think he was the best president ever, well, we are getting what we deserve.

  • Anonymous

    Are you kidding me union busting, drug dealing Ronald Regan, is better than FDR !
    This is a joke, right ?

  • http://reconstitution.us/rcnew Jolly Roger (Plutocrap)

    The MSM’s propaganda apparatus has been very effective. That, and the destruction of the educational system.

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately, far too many Americans today fail to recognize the debt of gratitude they owe to FDR.

  • Anonymous

    Take heart, folks. All this poll really shows is that Americans are woefully ignorant of history, and their estimation of who was the “greatest” President is overwhelmingly limited to their own lifetime experience of Presidents and an elementary school understanding of historical presidencies. Look at the top five vote getters in this poll: Three of them — Reagan, Clinton and Kennedy — fall within the living memory of a person of today’s average lifespan. The other two, Washington and Lincoln, are simply those that were drilled into us since our primary school days. Most of the country has no clue about the relative importance or impact of the other 39 presidencies.

  • Anonymous

    #3. Both of the above.

  • Anonymous

    “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” — Henry Mencken

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IA2XCA7JNM6SPZZG4HURXHEYBY Trippin Mczoink

    19%? Quite plausible. Just about every poll will show about a quarter of the nation is lunatic fringe right wing John Bircher whackos. This means that Reagan didn’t even get them all.

    I guess some of ‘em must think he’s a Commie for not bustin’ those unions faster and cuttin’ the taxes on the fat cats quicker and for taking far too long to make greed fashionable again for the first time since the last Great Depression…

    Look at it this way. 81% of Americans did NOT think Reagan was the best president — and this still within the halo effect of that rat bastard’s hundredth birthday or whatever the fuck all the right wing pundits have had a hard-on about lately. Kudos to son Ron for his courage, but it wasn’t too hard to see the man was not in possession of his faculties. And when you start as a fucking dumbass, the effects are multiplied.

    Oh, I’m sorry, that wasn’t very civil. I meant fucking dickhead. Like Dubya, he was no dumbass. He only played one on TV. They both knew all they needed to do is what they were told to do, unlike us who are stupid enough to think that job has qualifications.

    President Palin will certainly see too it that ol’ Ronnie is put on the three dollar bill before she steps down in the second year of her term to prepare herself for the coming Rapture after she provokes Armageddon.

    Do you find that funny? Or, conceivable?

  • Anonymous

    Almost every die-hard Republican is going to say Ronald Reagan, so having only 19% say Reagan isn’t that bad. WIth another 2% for GWB that puts us at about 21% of the respondents being hard-line conservatives.

    As a die-hard Democrat, you’re probably going to choose FDR, Truman, Kennedy, Carter, Clinton, or Obama. All together, Democratic presidents got 41% of the vote.

    The remaining votes went to Lincoln, the Founders, etc.

    So, while it is somewhat depressing that Reagan ends up #1 on the list, that’s only because he’s the one that all modern conservatives idolize. We on the Democratic end of the spectrum just have a wider selection of good Democratic presidents to choose from. It dilutes our votes for any particular president.

  • Anonymous

    Great. Now ..Make them pay for his massive debt into bankruptcy he started us down the road on.
    That Son of a B!tch
    Morning in America my Azz

  • Zenzizenzizenzic

    Zaphod Bebelbrox beats them all.

  • Anonymous

    Works for the GOP

  • Guest

    If by great you mean the one most responsible for plunging America into irreversible decline, then yea, he was the greatest.

  • Guest

    to convince them that up is down and down is up.<<

    It's not?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/HF6V37D6JRZC7LATOJY2EL2IZU Manny

    The final proof that America is home of the moronic and the inept. Pahleeeze! Reagan turned us from a creditor nation into a debtor nation and from a manufacturing behemoth into a third world exporter of our natural resources.

    And here we are, praising the man that set the one and theme for “greed is good”.

  • Anonymous

    Jesus. No wonder we are in trouble as a nation. With idiots like this we don’t deserve any better.

  • llkernj

    Don’t get me started talking about that diseased fuck who started us on the path to ruin.

  • Anonymous

    This so called poll by Gallop Has got to be the biggest crock of merd that I’ve seen in a very long time. During the Reagan administration the plight of working people started the slide downward to the point were we find ourselves today. His administration’s antiunion policies were the beginning of the assault on working people and subsequent administrations have only contributed to the decline. This situation in WI. could be helped in the benefit of poor and middle class families if Pres. Obama would step up to the plate and visit WI. or at least send someone from the administration as a show of support. Unfortunately this won’t happen because that would piss off his big business masters. I guess I slid O.T. somewhat but Reagan’s administration will never be popular with me and a hell of a lot of working people that I’m aquatinted with.

  • Brimstone Hill

    See………..Propaganda works.
    Reagen was nothing more than Bush Sr’s talk box.
    Bush Sr was forced on Ronald by the Cabal, because Bush Sr is a Nazi fucking pig that serves
    the Fourth Reich.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PCHLMPBJKYTW3LJBHZEZMO3TXQ What Ever

    Never under estimate the predictability of the obtuse, and thee times no less. Remember the fools big jar of jelly beans on the Presidential staff conference table? Death Valley daze indeed. I seem to recall another national icon named Ronald, hummmm

  • Anonymous

    we’re all doomed ….

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure as time goes on presidents are forgotten. President Eisenhower was one kick gas president. Pres. James Polk is the guy who made the United States a full country by purchasing all the land from the Mississippi all the way to California. Thomas Jefferson was a great man for human rights and religious freedom and also wrote our Constitution. Jefferson was also a fiscal conservative who lived in debt, a man who was horrified by the amount of power that the government had until he was president and then he expanded the power of the president.

    Andrew Jackson getting votes simply indicates that he was a popular man to because let’s face it he drank his way through his presidency ended absolutely nothing to be famous for as a president

    Reagan’s popularity probably comes from the fact that most people don’t know much about his presidency itself. He was a popular person and I’m sure that’s why he’s getting the votes. Because if people really knew what he was all about you wouldn’t be getting these kind of votes.

    as time goes by and kids are taught less and less about our history as far as all the way back to the beginning these types of polls will always be changing. I’m sure in 30 years Reagan and many other Presidents names wont even be on this list

  • Anonymous

    It just goes to show the ignorance of the Mercan population, and how someone can be seen years later, when he was not at al lpopular while in power.

  • Anonymous

    I call bullmotherfuckingshit on on this poll! Yet another example of mainstream media trying to twist the truth and justify the current assault on humanity by the the republicans and their democrat enablers. But the truth WILL be set free, the wave is currently circling the globe and all curtains will be pulled back so that attention can be paid to the monsters behind them!

  • Anonymous
  • cannotvote

    Shows either that most are just stupid, or like the cool aid over the facts!? Reagun was a moron a puppet and a blithering idiot, then he legitimised his lunacy with Alzheimer’s – no disrespect to his sons but the guy was a nutjob.

  • Jaimie11

    Good, I’m glad you’re thinking for yourself. That is always so refreshing, and especially now that we’ve got the refugee trolls from Puff-Ho taking up time, space, and energy over here.

    I hope you remain cynical in the good way – distrusting the motives of people and especially when they want you to agree to be helped by them, and always cultivating good conduct and as many of the virtues as you can.

  • Jaimie11

    Good take, Boneman – succinct truth. Pithy!

  • http://proudprimate.com Proud Primate
  • Anonymous

    Ronald Reagan did more than any other President to put in place the economic disaster that we find ourselves in. His zeal to remove regulations on the banking industry was only matched by the idiot that occupied the office from 2000 – 2008. This poll, if even close to reality only shows one thing; how terribly mis-informed americans are…But thats R. Murdoch’s plan isn’t it.

  • http://proudprimate.com Proud Primate

    Not to mention vast amounts of money spent to lionize and promote his cult. Faraway dictators are not the only ones who see advantages in generating a cult of personality.

  • http://proudprimate.com Proud Primate

    Polk was also a war criminal, as Congressman A. Lincoln pointed out.

    And the Powers that Be, also known as the Deep State, will still be around, and they see it as their interest to perpetuate and enlarge the Reagan cult. He will grow, if they are successful, as they have been since his death.

  • Jaimie11

    I presume you mean Izvestia or Izvestiya? In that case, yes you describe our MSM.

  • Jaimie11

    Those crimson eyes reflecting blood lust and greed for power over humanity.

  • Anonymous

    The reason Reagan is even mentioned is the propapanda told about him. The bottom two worst presidents ever would be Reagan and Bush jr.

    Reagan politicized the CIA and was the first president to do so. During the Nixon administration it was already known that the economic model in the former Soviet Union was not sustainable, meaning the cold war is over. Reagan told the CIA to lie to Congress about the former Soviet Union’s economic stability. This is what gave the illusion that Reagan had anything to do with the collapse.

    The world new Reagan was a serial liar. Mikhail Gorbachev was elected to deal with the economic problem which was a problem before Reagan even came into office. Gorbachev dragged his feet on the reforms and the collapse came. Congress called in the CIA to ask them how could this be, you told us we were second place to Russia in economic power? The CIA admitted it was all a lie.

    Bush Jr also politicized the CIA the same way with the WMD bullshit.

    If the public could cut through the Reagan propaganda and see what a serial liar he was, he would be joining Bush jr in the bottom of the trash can.

  • Jaimie11

    “most of those who do teach their kids themselves don’t seem to have the sense or knowledge God gave a turnip.”

    Not much better than public schools – think of it; fifty years ago kids took greek and latin in high school, now they take remedial english in college.

    We need to get rid of most of the cushy ancillary positions in administration with all their perks and very nice offices, and bring back high expectations of students. Get the feds out of micro-managing teachers and let them teach their passion for their subject. Bring the creative arts back into school – that move all by itself opens the mind to curiosity and exploration – the books then are absorbed like nutrients from a great meal.

    Oh, and stop all this political correctness. Let children share a moment, or moments, of silence reflecting on whatever they wish that is of value to them. Keep the state out of a child’s spiritual life.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a no surprise really. Over 50% also believe, that a guy with a white beard created the world 10,000 years ago and there were dinosaurs with saddles.
    http://scienceblogs.com/strangerfruit/upload/figure.gif

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RepublicConstitution?feature=mhum TruthRegimes

    The Cult of Reagan is stunning and disgusting. http://republicconstitution.blogspot.com/ He was a complete liar when it came to the economy and his promises of smaller government and less spending. He spent our tax dollars just like Bush I, Bush II, Clinton, and Obama just to a slightly lesser degree.

  • Anonymous

    You need to watch the movie “Capitalism: A love story”. IN that, there is an original footage of Reagan doing his speech, and the bank CEO telling him what he can/cannot say. At one point he interrupts him and say , “that’s enough”..or something similar. I forgot which bank, but he was a complete puppet of the banks.

  • Anonymous

    I’m old enough to remember when this vampire was elected to office. I was very young at the time, but I remember that he had advanced Alzheimer’s and was completely senile before leaving office, sometimes unable to speak and just staring blankly at the television camera. It was obvious to everyone that someone else was running the country. He wasn’t in control of anything.

    I also remember how he used to consult a psychic before making major decisions, before he completely lost his mind. Remember, Reagan was nothing more then an unemployed actor with below average intelligence. Like John Wayne, he was a myth…a fabrication produced by Hollywood. He should have never been allowed to become governor of California, much less president of the US. But he was extremely right wing, and conservatives loved him.

    Conservatives are still jerking off to images of Reagan and his batty, equally insane wife. And speaking of Nancy…who could forget the utter failure of her Just Say No campaign and the start of the War on Drugs? How many lives have been ruined; how many people have imprisoned because of what she did?

  • http://twitter.com/honorablelordk Karim Walker

    Those who picked Reagan have the collective IQ of crap.

  • Anonymous

    So he raised taxes, funded terrorism, let banks run rampant, let the AIDS and drug problems run rampant after all that some idiots think he’s the best president.

  • Anonymous

    The Best President Ever…to what? Sleep through two terms in office? To destroy what men and women have died for over two centuries? To commence the destruction of the American Middle Class? To bust much needed unions in America? To act in the most B movies ever produced?

    Say goodnight, Bonzo.

    “Goodnight Bonzo.”

  • Anonymous

    The only reason Reagan came in first is because they realized that choices did not include Dan Quayle, Sarah Palin, or Barney Fife.

  • Anonymous

    BULL.

    Stop conduction surveys from mostly heavy GOP locations and then call it a national poll. Reagan was one of the worst Presidents, but yes he was better that the BUSHIES.

  • Anonymous

    Reagan was the greatest. I’d list 10 reasons why but much like my hero… I can’t remember any of them.

  • alfredo

    I just wish that Gallup would go into a line of work where bias didn’t matter. Like house sitting or—–? Hm—-? Can’t think of anything else just now.

  • Anonymous

    Actually GHWB was far superior to Ronny Ray-gun, but that is not saying much. How much better off would the country be today if Carter had won? Solar power, get off oil, human rights first, transparency in government… and Carter was considered weak. Carter was a breath of fresh air seldom seen in politics compared to Ronny, way head of his time. Historians will mark this point in our history as the beginning of the end.

  • Anonymous

    Good Lord deliver us! America is in trouble, big trouble.

  • 1984
  • Guest

    Oh my god, we are living in the movie “Idiocracy.”

  • Anonymous

    I guess this proves the neo-con brainwashing has been a great success! I used to be proud to be an american, now I am embarassed and looking for an alturnative place to live out my remaining years! what a sick fucking place this has turned into, and much of the sickness started with raygun and his disciples!

  • Anonymous

    I’m still a Carter guy. He was and is so right on so many issues. I can even accept his religion as it seems to be absolutely sincere and he actually tries to live by his beliefs. Raygun was a complete asswipe and is still stinking up the country.

  • Guest

    Among Reagan’s many crimes against this country, one of the worst was his advancement of so-called “trickle-down” supply-side economics. And his appointment of Alan Greenspan as head of the Fed. If you want to know how our economy got screwed and the middle class disappeared, look at Reagan for your answer.

  • Guest

    Trickle-down economics: when rich people pee on you and tell you it’s raining.

  • Anonymous

    This is statistical horseshit. The majority of Republicans see Reagan as a saint, and will all vote for him without question. Liberals and independents are far more diverse in their views and more aware of U.S. history, and divide their selections among a number of great presidents as a result.

  • Guest

    Nothing like a little burst of ignorance on the part of my fellow countrypeople to end the day!

  • Dolmance

    It’s an almost impossible task to gauge the depth of American’s stupidity.

  • 7rob7

    Oh, no: couldn’t be easier…

    It’s exactly as deep as a piece of string is long.

  • Anonymous

    I had a stomach ache and needed to barf. This article really helped!

  • Anonymous

    This is the expected yet sad result of the millions of dollars spent on the Norquisting of Reagan’s image. Right wing think tanks are very effective at convincing people to act and vote against their own economic and social best interests.

    That….and.. “Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!” George Carlin

  • Guest

    T’is pity, t’is true. T’is pity, t’is t’is true.

  • Guest

    Thanks. You make me think more clearly about everything.

  • Anonymous

    GWB doesn’t belong in the top 50!!!!!

  • Guest

    I have to make my self imagine there are people like that out there working very hard to achieve their agenda.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    Need any more be said about the stupidity of the American electorate?

  • Anonymous

    The Reagan who more than tripled National debt from 900 billion dollars to 2.8 trillion dollars? The Reagan whose tax cuts for the rich, “trickle-down” economics began the unconscionable accumulation of wealth in the top 2%? The Reagan who took down the solar panels on the roof of the White House, and ignored or denied all the environmental and energy problems that President Carter so presciently warned us about? The Reagan who brought a “greed is good” ethos to Washington and the country. Who believed in conspicuous consumption? Who said if you’ve seen one tree, you’ve seen them all? Who knew about Iran-Contra, before he didn’t? Who did nothing to promote peace in the middle east? Who blew up the Pentagon budget, just like junior Bush would do one day? Who claimed credit for “the collapse of Communism,” which even Richard Nixon credited to a Russia the was so rotten to the core, it was just a coincidence of timing? The anti-gay, the supporter of death squads and bloody guerilla wars in Central and South America?

    That Reagan? Oh boy, Americans never miss an opportunity to show how stupid they are.

  • Mr. Neutron

    So, according to Gallup, 19% of Americans think Reagan was the best President.

    And 37% of Americans believe in haunted houses, and 32% believe in ghosts:
    http://www.gallup.com/poll/17275/OneThird-Americans-Believe-Dearly-May-Departed.aspx

    This just shows that large segments of Americans are ignorant and/or insane – also known as “Fox News viewers”.

  • Anonymous

    “The Cold War is long over,” he explained. “The wars of occupation are almost over and were complete failures — Afghanistan and Iraq. The American empire is done. There are no real seriously armed enemies left in the world that can possibly justify an $800 billion national defense and security establishment, including Homeland Security.”

    No shit, Sherlock. But what’s reality got to do with it? That $800 Bn represents money going from the 98% to the 2%, something you played no small role in starting.

  • Anonymous

    Well, there’s a LOT more evidence to believe in haunted houses & ghosts then to believe in Ronnie Raygun’s ‘greatness.’ Don’t ya think!?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NJCCIALXZS6QQW6QSNNW5NKLHU sbc

    Here in California we had a double dose of Mr. Reagan. When a person suffers from dementia which Ronald Reagan did, that does not make him a candidate for the greatest President.

  • Elim

    This poll is bullshit.

  • Anonymous

    we are a nation of dumb-fucked idiotd

  • Anonymous

    Total BS!

  • Anonymous

    Look at it this way:
    % of Americans total reich-wing fools: approx 25%?
    % of reich-wing fools that would put Reagan #1: probably 95%
    % of Americans actually choosing Reagan: 19%, no surprise
    % remaining non-Republican presidents: 71% over 10 guys

    10 to 1 in # of different presidents selected.

    Just goes to show who has done what for America. It’s always the Dems that have done good for the country. Never Republicans. Never. Reagan’s story was a complete falsehood, a lie. Developed in a time where the reich-wing holds massive control over media propaganda. If it wasn’t for Reagan who would they have? No one. Reagan ushered in the era of reich-wing control.

    We have always been blinded and manipulated by elites, imo, esp since ww2, but the ‘Reagan revolution’ took it to all new levels where it remains today, imo..

  • Anonymous

    Ronald Reagan was America’s greatest traitor. Not it’s greatest president. Of course the people that voted for him also support the Republipukes sabotaging our nation’s recovery in their attempt to return to power.

    http://www.RepublicansAreADisease.com

    Ronald Reagan Was Our Worst Traitor.

  • Anonymous

    And Carter created more private sector jobs in 4 years then Reagan did in 8.

  • Anonymous

    And it is working to destroy America.

  • Anonymous

    proof positive as to why this country will not survive the 21st century. Ronald Reagan was a monster, a racist, a union buster and he had absolute contempt for the middle class and the poor. It is horrifying to see the think tanks and the media rebuild that monster into the prince of the people. Whats next, the Koch brothers are saving our democracy?

  • Anonymous

    Give me a f..ing break. So now Gallup has been corrupted too.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t know much about his-to-ree, don’t know much about bi-ol-lo-gee…..It is hilarious how little the American population knows about its own history to say Reagan is the best ever. Presidential historians, who actually do know much about his-tor-ee, rate Reagan and Kennedy as the most over-rated presidents and I agree – though with some retrospection I think Kennedy should be given great credit in keeping an even keel during the Cuban missile crisis. It could have escalated into a nuclear confrontation if Curtis LeMay had his way.

    As for Reagan, it is common knowledge that the Soviets self-destructed and like any good politician, Reagan gave the opportune speech to make it look like he led the way to the Soviet collapse. Bill Clinton third???? hahahahahhahahhahhahhah……and what were the choices for number one and two? Attila the Hun and Vlad the impaler? Clinton is definitely over-rated because his claim to fame, a robust economy, was a result of the tech bubble with burst during the Bush administration and the beginning of the massive housing bubble. True he did balance the budget but the projected surpluses were just that, projections.

    All-in-all, a pretty pathetic showing by those who answered the pollsters questions. What a joke!?

    PS. Obama but not FDR?

    a refrain…..hahahahhahhahahhahah……………………………………..

  • Anonymous

    “I don’t recall.”
    The most often used phrase by St. Ronny when question re: Iran Contra. As it turns out he most likely wasn’t being untruthful.

  • Anonymous

    reagun supported terrorism by illegally selling arms to terrorists to secretly, and illegally fund a terrorist war in Central America. He’s the most treasonous “president” in history, no doubt, and is getting gang raped by saddam hussein and hitler in hell as I type.

  • Anonymous

    I will argue that home schooling is not the answer! I have neighbors who have 12 kids. All home schooled. The oldest boy worked for his dad until the work started drying up. So his father got his son a job thru a friend of his working construction. The kid was such a misfit he ended up quitting the job because he didn’t understand the way the construction workers talked about women and didn’t understand their jokes. They talked about sex and body parts and it embarrassed him. He couldn’t tell when the guys were serious or joking around. He ended up back at home begging his father for a job. All of the kids seem to have problems fitting in socially. I really feel sorry for the kids because it is almost a handicap. But they sure know their religion and that men are the head of the family and the wife is subservient! Home schooling is not the answer!

  • Anonymous

    stupid poll. People who really think through the question will come up with a variety of answers. Stupid wingnuts will all pick Reagan.

  • Anonymous

    Reagan–a truly great presidential FAKE & HOAX run by his handlers. ugh.

  • Guest

    screw you.

  • Guest

    screw you.

  • Guest

    screw you.

  • Guest

    at least on this we can agree. but there are others you should have mentioned along with GWB as not being fit in the top 40

  • http://twitter.com/mlake9 Mitch Lake

    No wonder we’re so screwed

  • Guest

    I take serious offense to your red-fisted “world revolution now” moniker. bite me

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YJZL433MLGUP7PHZBGEQJDPC34 Devin Proctor

    I’ve read through most of the comments here, and was surprised not to find one of his most egregious and heartless actions while in office: his administration completely ignored the then-growing number of AIDS victims at a time when something truly effective could have done to have prevented it from reaching epidemic proportions.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YJZL433MLGUP7PHZBGEQJDPC34 Devin Proctor

    Okay, I should have read further….But only two other comments mentioned this. But at least some have not forgotten.

  • TheDevilCanDance

    Fuck me?, no fuck you it`s cheaper…..besides I saw your Facebook pic, you look like someone with a really questionable hygiene. Take a shower sucker :)

  • http://twitter.com/mlake9 Mitch Lake

    Just for the record, I would have picked Alexander Hamilton
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/21/was-alexander-hamilton-president_n_826136.html

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    And unions and progess evil.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    And worst of all, the bible and history book publishers.
    Coming soon….conservi-bible and school his-Tea-ry books

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Bush’s most famous saying: “We cannot let terrorists and rogue nations hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile.”
    Of course, he was addressing Iowans, a state where his locution was probably technically correct.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    No, not ever, though I had a friend who worked for a pollster. He holds the industry in very low regard.
    Pollsters are public opinion manipulators and nothing more.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    I think the opposite is true. I am a lefty but not a “democrat”. I grew up detesting and distrusting authority and I still feel that way.
    Righties, on the other hand, need to be told what to do by an authority figure. Like, say, God or Uncle Adolph or whomever.
    I am convinced it is at least partly genetic.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Clinton is #1 with a pulse.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    And the exceptionalist, flag-waver ethananaim.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    No it doesn’t. It reveals nothing more than how a set of loaded questions were responded to by a select group of respondents. Polling is pseudo-science.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    LOL Try not to pick on ethananaim. He’s “special”.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Depends on the individual. My sister was very successful with both her kids.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    It is for some, not for others.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    I resisted for a couple of days but my car accident reflex got the better of me.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Straw thinks, no * believes* up is down.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Unfair, that would eliminate 30% of Americans and 98% of Arizonans and Texans.

  • http://www.facebook.com/derek.spisak Derek Spisak

    Anything to do with a failing public educational system?

  • Anonymous

    The best part is, Ronnie was a tax and spend liberal.

    “In his first term, Reagan raised taxes when unemployment was nearing 11% — imagine trying this today — and proceeded to raise taxes seven out of the eight years he was in office. It’s a fact that’s terribly inconvenient on a day like today, but “no peacetime president has raised taxes so much on so many people” as Reagan.”

    “He tripled the deficit. He bailed out and expanded social security with a big fat tax increase. He raised corporate taxes by hundreds of billions of dollars. He raised taxes on gasoline. He, in fact, signed into law the largest tax increase in history. He supported federal handgun controls. He called for a world without nuclear weapons.”

    Your dad would hate Reagan if he ran today.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_02/027871.php#more

  • Anonymous

    The best part is, Ronnie was a tax and spend liberal.

    “In his first term, Reagan raised taxes when unemployment was nearing 11% — imagine trying this today — and proceeded to raise taxes seven out of the eight years he was in office. It’s a fact that’s terribly inconvenient on a day like today, but “no peacetime president has raised taxes so much on so many people” as Reagan.”

    “He tripled the deficit. He bailed out and expanded social security with a big fat tax increase. He raised corporate taxes by hundreds of billions of dollars. He raised taxes on gasoline. He, in fact, signed into law the largest tax increase in history. He supported federal handgun controls. He called for a world without nuclear weapons.”

    All thoe weepy tea-baggers and neo-cons would hate Reagan if he ran today.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_02/027871.php#more

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Popularity contests measure nothing. As polls go, this is the equivalent of American Idol…Reagan is just pop princess image propped up by wheelbarrows of money and vague memories of good performances. The last Republican who didn’t suck the sweat off a dead man’s balls was Eisenhower.

  • Anonymous

    This revisionist adoration of Ronald Reagan is unfathomable. The one thing he did “for” America was give people permission to ignore their fellow human beings in need. We have an entire generation of people who took him for their role model — and many of them are now in power. His true legacy? The mess we are in now and the people who are “addressing” it with tax breaks for the wealthy and the corporations… and layoffs for everyone else.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SN4MGOHXTG2XVUWT2H75KHCDME Bill

    1. Washington- Easily could have taken power and been King George if he wanted. And let’s not forget role as the commander of the cont. army. Without him, we wouldn’t have the U.S.A.

    2. Lincoln- Yes, he freed the slaves, but it was more of how he handled the effort- never tipped his hand and let confederates think they were in the lead. Refused Rothschild loans that would have screwed the country over and created greenbacks instead.

    3. Roosevelt (good one)- I said the good one as a light joke because I know some will not agree. I’m talking about TEDDY. Broke up standard oil monopoly- wonder how many would do that today? Was a middle class man that supported unions and was very fair. Started progressive movement.

    4. Jefferson- He may be overrated a little because he was a better philosopher than anything else. Didn’t accomplish as much as the others rating alongside him. Did revoke the Alien-Sedition acts and purchase LA territory (which the constitutionality of which was debated at the time… imagine that!)

    5. Andrew Jackson- If he wasn’t so polarizing, he would be higher #3. Indian Removal was a black eye, but it’s not like the preceding presidents were staunchly against it. How much of common man talk was populist rhetoric? I don’t know, but the elimination of the corrupt national bank (evidenced by Biddle’s actions after it became a lame duck) and eventual national debt is something that no other president has come close to doing since. You can bet Jackson would hand Bernanke’s ass to him if he were president.

    6. Kennedy- I put Kennedy here more because of what he could have done. Executive 11110 was most likely why he was shot- taking away money printing power from the Fed? What do you think? Following presidents let it sleep on the books before the order died a slow death. Another thing was that it appeared he was going to start pulling out of the war. How do you think the military industrial complex would react to that? There’s more motivation… LBJ took credit for a lot of Kennedy’s social ideas which weren’t realized in his lifetime (sadly). Also lowered middle class taxes. I like to call him the last president we ever had.

    Overrated:

    1. Wilson- Scum of the earth… Puppet that enacted the Federal Reserve Act, which was the entire reason he got elected in the first place. Claimed he kept us out of war while trying to find ways into it. 16th amendment circumvented income tax illegality. White supremest. Almost enacted League of Nations which would have made him president of world, essentially. Terrible!!

    2. Reagan- Deregulation caused the financial collapse. Too big to fail emerged to where we are today. Debt increased from 700bln to 3trn– not exactly what you would have thought? On a positive note, the detente policy was probably his one positive- oil fell and strongly hurt Russians.

    3. FDR- I have to do more research to see what exactly this guy was motivated by. Glass-steagal was a very good thing, but taking up gold is uncalled for. Also gets credit for getting us out of depression, but that was really the war. Spent a TON of money and WPA was often dubbed We Piddle Around because they didn’t DO anything productive. If not for war, who knows what would have happened…

    4. John Adams- Alien and Sedition acts tried to lock up opponents. XYZ Affair was an embarrassment. Why is he so highly regarded?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SN4MGOHXTG2XVUWT2H75KHCDME Bill

    Because Lincoln was a protectionist and that he refused the loans was probably why he was shot… Anyone doubt the power of the Rothschild family?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    Yes, you need to do a whole LOT more research. Your comments about FDR show that you know little history.

  • http://itsrobertsfault.blogspot.com/ LiberalTexasDemocrat

    This news is just plain frightening.

  • Guest

    Genetic or not… the corp.s are going to make that a distant memory. They are going to change our genes… hell, they already have. Look at the sweat shops around the world.

  • Anonymous

    When you go the Gallup site, it says that they polled about 1,000 people using both landlines and cell phones, so I guess you can’t make the excuse that there is a landline skew going on. But they also point out that the margin of error for their conclusions is + or – 4%. So, statistically, any one of the first three names could be the “true” response in the population. And someone pointed out earlier that there is no info on who refused the poll question as being too stupid to respond to.

  • Anonymous

    These comments are made by people who couldn’t recite the preamble to the Constitution or define separation of powers. The majority are too ignorant to vote for anything other than American Idol. This is why America is fighting useless wars.

  • dlindem

    The great whitewashing has begun. I am honestly surprised that Dumbya didn’t show up in the top 5.

  • TheDevilCanDance

    Special ?. can you expand on that?

  • Anonymous

    Was there a poll asking what the fuck is wrong with people?

  • Eyeball_Kid

    The United States is one sick nation to hold a pompous, anti-union corporatist ass like Reagan as the “greatest ever.”

  • maritimer

    In another poll: there’s an awful lot of dim-bulb people out there in Amurika.

  • Anonymous

    Just more strongly compelling evidence of the approaching fall of the United States into a second or third rate country fully owned and controlled by the neofascist plutocrats, thanks to the inundation of crackpot plutocratic malodorous bilge spread by the media propagandist lackeys that has been willingly and enthusiastically swallowed up by the millions of pathetically ignorant dupes and the mentally deficient among the population who cheer and vote for the rightwing political servants in Congress assembled.

  • Anonymous

    Results of the poll show that 19% of Americans are clueless about the legacy of Reagan.

  • http://liberaldefenderoffreedom.blogspot.com/ mikefromArlington

    lmao.

    W got 10th.

  • http://liberaldefenderoffreedom.blogspot.com/ mikefromArlington

    A follow up to the best president question should have been ‘Of those of you that voted Reagan, how many of you think Obama was born in Kenya?’ and just remove them from the polling.

    In fact, every pollster should add that in because anyone who thinks this President was born anywhere other than Hawaii is either lying or should probably be euthanized for stupidity.

  • Anonymous

    The poll was conducted in that other Amerikkka.

  • Wyrdless

    I wish they would ask another question so we can tell how many morons are in the polling sample. maybe a little logic puzzle or something, that way stupid people can be matched to which presidents they like. It would give the data more context

  • Anonymous

    Absolute bullshit, a total lie and fabrication. Poll after poll shows Bush to be the WORST president ever, and Reagan a close second. This is pure propaganda and bullshit, nothing more and nothing less. The republican controlled media is hard at work rearranging history to suit it’s evil needs.

  • Anonymous

    Back when America discovered it liked being lied to. Reagan presided over Americas collapse, it just took a while for his cancerous ideas and policies to eat through the fabric of our society. People will believe anything.

  • Anonymous

    Stupid Americans.

  • Anonymous

    We’re number 1! We’re number 1! We’re number 1! We’re number 1! We’re number 1! We’re number 1!

    In stupidity.

  • Anonymous

    Aware
    Sterling Character
    Sympathetic
    Healthy
    Observant
    Loving father
    Eloquent speaker

  • Anonymous

    Actually ronnie raygun was one of the worst presidents ever, he was the beginning of the end of the middle class.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    800 billion for defense against no enemies is what gets my attention.

  • Anonymous

    This poll proves the value of propaganda. When you look at facts, Reagan’s accomplishments, on the average, were in the toilet, but the right wing spin machine has been very effective in hyping his image. “You can fool some of the people all of the time” and those would be the right wingers. Just tell them what makes them feel good and you’ve got a believer.

  • Guest

    You’re right. It was a temporary feeling of generosity. I’ve since recovered.

  • Guest

    Since it’s my opinion, I’ll stick with it.. If you think I’m wrong, great. Post your own opinion if you feel strongly about it.

  • Anonymous

    it`s pretty sad when a vegetable is thought of as the best president ever…

  • Anonymous

    Ronald Reagan’s lasting legacy will be his complete and total destruction of academic research.

    This country use to do a lot of R&D work in colleges and universities. Companies loved it because they got good research for cheap. Students loved it because they got real-world experience while they were still in school. Colleges loved it because it gave them prestige and good paying jobs for the community.

    Ronald Reagan put a stop to all of that. He completely slashed government spending on research. THIS is what fueled the MASSIVE tuition increases that happened during Reagan’s administration.

    These tuition increases destroyed the hopes and ambitions of thousands of young students because they found themselves no longer able to afford the schools that they thought they could afford when they chose them. Truly horrible. Our nation has never recovered.

  • Anonymous

    All this “poll” proves is that most Americans can’t name most of their presidents. The only ones they know are the ones who held office within the adult lives of the respondents.

    This is kind of like when people in Great Britain were asked to name their most important citizen ever, and the winner was Princess Diana. More important than Isaac Newton? John Locke? Winston Churchill? Clearly, the respondents knew current pop culture and didn’t know history.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jacob-Trailertrash/100001877745318 Jacob Trailertrash

    Funny how no one remembers that Unca Ronny screwed up the nations finances royally with his liberal doses of too much freedom for big businesses.

  • Anonymous

    Worst. Idea. Ever.

    Your children already pick up too many of your bad habits. They need to get their education from a wide variety of teachers.

    Don’t you want your children to do BETTER than you did? How are they going to do that if they learn everything from you?

  • Anonymous

    If you only “poll” Republicans and those who are confused with cell-phone use (oldies)…..you will get the “correct” desired answer to your poll

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z6KCOVUYDUEIKOEOX4UJG2DBUA Rick Reed

    How depressing. And John Wayne was a War Hero. Drink the KOOL AID folks.
    I read some years back the two most popular shows AROUND the world was Bay Watch and WWF Wrestling!!!! @#%$@@!!!! THAT is the intelligence of the Human race. Party while ya can folks…going to be a HELL of ride right to the bottom of this roller coaster. For you Reagan fans?…Drink the Kool aid and RUN buffalo RUN, the cliff is just over the rise.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EUE7PYY7BUX5FNLS3T3HINEAK4 JackK

    It says legions about Republicans that they would elevate someone with dementia to the top of this list. It is obvious that the majority of Republicans suffer from the same detachment from reality.

  • Anonymous

    I think we should have a runoff poll.

  • Anonymous

    You will have plenty of opportunity to be offended in the next few months. A massive wave of resistance and people power is spreading through every capitalist country in this world and soon it will engulf the United States.

    This country will fall, make no mistake about it. World socialism is coming. Join us. It may be too late in the future.

  • http://harry-canary.myopenid.com/ Harry Canary

    The bush boy did not come from Iowa he is a connecticut prep school boy. Most of us despise the spoiled brat.

  • http://harry-canary.myopenid.com/ Harry Canary

    by the way, reagan was president in 1984. Talk about things that make you go hmmmmm.

  • Anonymous

    Uh, the Louisiana Purchase was Jefferson, not Polk. Polk was responsible only for the purchase of California, New Mexico and Arizona territories, and for successfully intimidating Britain into backing off of its claims to the Oregon territories. Whether any of that makes him “great” probably depends on who you ask. I’m sure Native Americans might have a somewhat different estimation of him.

    And none of these purchases made us a “complete” country. We were complete with our original 13 states. The addition of more territory simply made us larger, not more “complete.”

    And Jefferson did NOT write our constitution. Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. James Madison was the principle author of the Constitution.

    You need a history refresher, my friend, especially if you are going to propound about the woeful state of our historical knowledge.

  • Anonymous

    You write: “Opinion, after all, is ONLY a conclusion reached by the application of reason to evidence, logic on fact.”

    Or so we like to tell ourselves. But there is far more research indicating that our opinions come first, and that we select whether or not to recognize facts according to whether or not they support our prior opinions.

  • Anonymous

    While I don’t disagree in terms of his ranking against W., whatever might be said of Jefferson the man’s contributions (Declaration of Independence, ideas concerning human rights, etc.), Jefferson’s presidency was a mixed bag at best.

  • Anonymous

    To be fair, those aren’t the claims Ron Jr. made.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5Z4JRNXBCO4ZYSUY3WGC3S554I nathan

    ah the god father of crack babies…of course

  • Guest

    It’s going to be very sad and painful as our country goes through the meat grinder but it’s not like the majority didn’t line up to jump in.

  • dk504

    Every time I see that head line I want to vomit. The sheeple thinks he was A-OKAY. While almost every history teacher and professor put FDR in the top two and Reagan is in the bottom 5. How completely terrifying the sheeple know absolutely nothing, nothing.
    Every body line up, ready, GO!!! It’s the race to the bottom.

  • Anonymous

    This confirms my theory that the vast majority of Americans are ignorant morons.

  • Anonymous

    At first I found this distressing, but if you look closely, there are a lot of great presidents listed that would win in an either or over Reagan. But the Republicans are trained to list Reagan by reflex. Look at the recent and past “debates” for selection of the Republican party chairman. So it is just that trained, brain dead 20% that loved Bush, now love Palin, but worship Reagan the senile old traitor.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    An exceptionalist.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    I knew that. He was addressing Iowans in Des Moines when he made that remark. I meant no ill will toward Iowans. Just being my usual smart-ass self. Everyone has to live somewhere and where you choose to live is not always a reflection of your persona or mindset. I have lived in some sad-sack locales in the past myself.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmmmm….

  • Dolmance

    Asshole nation – woo! woo!

  • Anonymous

    just goes to show the school system has failed

  • Anonymous

    WHY?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I4CAHYD4FGSIPEC64UFHIZRJVY Ex-Canuck

    This, in a nutshell, is what is so very wrong with this country right now. That people would be so ignorant of the reality-based world just boggles my mind.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RFTPXM5UPPBI4ZNHMAK7VKN3DA SidneyR

    barack obama beats Jefferson? Oh what dire straits we are in…

  • Anonymous

    Just shows how history can be changed.

    President Reagen was a war monger, and one of the worst presidents.

  • Anonymous

    That’s not unusual considering more people know who won American Idol and Dancing With Stars than their House Representative or Senators. Most people do not know who the last three presidents were, nor care and Reagan is kind of a generic President name they can recall. 80% of the American population is as dumb as a sack of rocks.

  • Anonymous

    reagan started the wholesale sell out to the far right christian wing nuts and the banking industry.
    those who voted him the best are blind to the banking collapse of the 80′s (which we are still paying for)
    and the whole denial of the rise of AIDS ( remember the christian right said it was a “gay” disease and they deserved it.) and then the whole thing was repeated under gw.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJG7CFKLPNKAHETCZHP7YUSXTU paisano

    ronal raygunwast here when he was here 162 thugs from his administartion went to prison yea sure raygunwas great at bailouts recessions wars damn theses folks sure must be dumb

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJG7CFKLPNKAHETCZHP7YUSXTU paisano

    great picture of raygun and bonzo h bush

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJG7CFKLPNKAHETCZHP7YUSXTU paisano

    jimmy carter inherited a post war economy we spent our selves stupid in vietnam cambodia and laos then expected jimmy to fix stupid , damn and henry kissinger is stiill giving advice on world matters geez rouis. jimmy couldnt do any thing about iran cause the hostages were being held as hostages took some time. and things got worse. opec was screwing with oil prices like now ,and it aint going to get better obama and jimmy carter are on the ass end of every rwing gop presidency who has to engage in a war to make themselves look good. but it doesnt it hurts us world wide its about oil folks and the arabs own it , all the gopers can do is vot out presidents like jimmy nd obama and eplace them with iots like dumbya and dick fk your slef cheney went rom worse to worse .

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