President Obama Tops List Of Best President In Their Lifetime, Followed by Clinton, Reagan

President Obama crushed Donald Trump.

When asked which president has done the best job in their lifetimes, more Americans name Barack Obama than any other president. More than four-in-ten (44%) say Obama is the best or second best president of their lifetimes, compared with about a third who mention Bill Clinton (33%) or Ronald Reagan (32%).

The survey by Pew Research Center, conducted June 5-12 among 2,002 adults, asks people in an open-ended format which president has done the best job in their lifetimes. The analysis is based on their first and second choices.

About one-in-ten adults (12%) say John F. Kennedy did the best job in office during their lifetimes. But Kennedy is named as the best or second best president by about a quarter of those who were alive during his presidency: 24% of Baby Boomers and 25% of those in the Silent Generation.


2 thoughts on “President Obama Tops List Of Best President In Their Lifetime, Followed by Clinton, Reagan

  1. Howard

    I’m almost 70. I vote for: Obama, Clinton, Carter. I am not a Reagan fan; I think many of today’s worst trends got their start in that era. In particular I refer to government being turned into a mechanism to funnel as much wealth as possible to the very upper one percent of the upper one percent; the move towards a one-party system; and the potential end of democracy and the beginning of a police state within a few years.

    All with the approval of the MAGA knuckle-dragging oddities. (Thanks, Gregory, for those words!)

    What are they doing to you, my beloved country?

  2. I am nearly 56, Howard. Our voting habits are the same. My first ballot was cast in 1980. In my book, “Walking Up The Ramp” I write about my first presidential ballot cast.. From page 174—“That night on television I recall the images of Jimmy Carter and his family at their family home in Plains, Georgia. In the years since, I have come to compare those videos in the same light as that of President Ford following cancer surgery for his wife, Betty, shortly after his assuming the presidency. In each case the humanizing of these men made an impression on me that lingers. Regardless of the political combat, it is important that we recognize the human connection that bridges us as Americans. In time I was to form my own views that were independent of my family’s, and become confident of Carter’s abilities even when much of the nation seemed to reject such sentiments. By the time 1980 rolled around there was no doubt where my political perspectives were headed, and they were not with my Dad’s party. For the first time I voted, and while many sons might recall a fishing trip or ball game while bonding with their father I can think of no other event that clicked better for us than his picking me up as we headed for the small village polling place in Hancock. Dad always felt his fighting in WWII was for the bigger reasons concerning the freedoms we enjoyed, and perhaps none more important than that of voting. It was not lost on him that I was so interested in the election, and so eager to vote for the first time. It did not matter to either of us that we cancelled each other’s votes out that election. Upon leaving the building we encountered Leslie Wetmore, who worked with Dad, and he gave me thumbs up as praise for taking the time to vote. From there it was home for the dinner which Mom had prepared, and on to watching the reported returns.”

    Carter still remains one of the most respected men–in my opinion–in my lifetime.

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