Reagan Tops Gallup Poll as Greatest President

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A newly released Gallup poll shows most Americans view Ronald Reagan as the nation's greatest president.

Abraham Lincoln came in second, followed by Bill Clinton, John F. Kennedy and George Washington.

President Barak Obama took the number 7 spot, while George W. Bush and Thomas Jefferson tied for 10th.

Researchers implied Americans tend to select more recent presidents in the poll, because they held office during their lifetime.

"Americans as a group have a propensity to mention recent presidents, not surprising given that the average American constantly hears about and from presidents in office during their lifetime, and comparatively little about historical presidents long dead," the Gallup report noted. 

According to Fox News, Gallup began its "greatest presidents" poll 12 years ago. Reagan has been ranked as number 1 three times. 

The top ten commanders-in-chief are:

  • Ronald Reagan - 19 percent
  • Abraham Lincoln - 14 percent.
  • Bill Clinton - 13 percent.
  • John F. Kennedy - 11 percent
  • George Washington - 10 percent
  • Franklin Roosevelt - 8 percent
  • Barack Obama - 5 percent
  • Theodore Roosevelt -- 3 percent
  • Harry Truman - 3 percent
  • George W. Bush - 2 percent
  • Thomas Jefferson - 2 percent

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