• Thu 89°F / 56°F

Poll: Ronald Reagan Named Best President Since World War II

Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In advance of Presidents' Day, Ronald Reagan gets America’s vote as the best chief executive since World War II, according to a new poll, while George W. Bush finds himself being ranked as the worst.

Twenty-five percent of Americans rank Reagan as the best president in a survey conducted by The Harris Poll. Franklin Roosevelt was ranked second-best with 19 percent of the vote.

On the flip-side, George W. Bush and Barack Obama were neck-and-neck for the "Worst president since World War II" title. Twenty-seven percent of respondents said Bush was at the bottom of the pack, followed closely by Barack Obama with 22 percent of the vote.

Richard Nixon was ranked as the worst president since WWII with 10 percent.

One-third of respondents say Abraham Lincoln is the best president in U.S. history. Lincoln was followed by Reagan and George Washington.

Here are the complete survey results, including percentages. Totals may not add up to 100 percent because of rounding.

Best President Since World War Two:


* Ronald Reagan, 25 percent
* Franklin Roosevelt, 19 percent
* John Kennedy, 15 percent
* Bill Clinton, 12 percent
* Dwight Eisenhower, 4 percent
* Harry Truman, 4 percent
* Barack Obama, 4 percent
* George W. Bush, 2 percent
* Jimmy Carter, 2 percent
* Lyndon Johnson, 1 percent
* George H.W. Bush, 1 percent
* Richard Nixon, 1 percent
* Gerald Ford, 1 percent
* Not Sure, 10 percent

Worst President Since World War Two:


* George W. Bush, 27 percent
* Barack Obama, 22 percent
* Richard Nixon, 12 percent
* Bill Clinton, 5 percent
* Jimmy Carter, 5 percent
* Ronald Reagan, 4 percent
* George H.W. Bush, 4 percent
* Lyndon Johnson, 2 percent
* John F. Kennedy, 2 percent
* Harry Truman, 2 percent
* Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1 percent
* Gerald Ford, 1 percent
* Dwight Eisenhower, 4 percent

Best Presidents in History:


* Abraham Lincoln, 21 percent
* Ronald Reagan, 15 percent
* George Washington, 13 percent
* John Kennedy, 10 percent
* Franklin Roosevelt, 9 percent
* Bill Clinton, 8 percent
* Barack Obama, 4 percent
* Thomas Jefferson, 3 percent
* Harry Truman, 2 percent
* Theodore Roosevelt, 2 percent
* George W. Bush, 1 percent
* Dwight Eisenhower, 1 percent
* Jimmy Carter, 1 percent

George H.W. Bush, John Adams, Richard Nixon, Andrew Jackson, Lyndon Johnson, Calvin Coolidge, Woodrow Wilson and Gerald Ford all received less than 0.5 percent.  Eight percent of respondents were not sure.

The Harris Poll involved 2,016 U.S. adults.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Advertise With Us

Would you like to advertise on East Idaho News? Fill out this form to contact a representative.
  • Full and Last
  • The name of your company, business or brand.