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Can we stand another poll?

A new poll of leading presidential scholars ranks Barack Obama as the 15th best president of the United States, just below Bill Clinton but ahead of Ronald Reagan.

The Siena College poll, which surveyed 238 presidential scholars at U.S. colleges and universities, asked scholars to rate the nation’s 43 chief executives on 20 attributes ranging from legislative accomplishments to integrity and imagination.

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As I read this article, I couldn't help but think about the discussion about political leanings (lib/con) and how fluxuations in personal opinion can have an effect. The same seems to be true for the popularity of presidents, past and present.

Where would you put Washington? Kennedy? Nixon? Truman? Why do you think these fluxuations exist? Interesting...

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Asked by Youngwifey2 at 6:57 PM on Jul. 2, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Washington has to have the ranking of #1 because of his absolute determination to adhere to the ideals he had in his mind as to how the presidency should look. He didn't have anything to compare it to except monarchies which wouldn't do. He even walked away when the people wanted him to stay. Kennedy.....he put our troops in danger and ultimately captured when he backed out of an invasion during the Bay of Pigs. He ranks down on my list. Nixon....I think there was some good ideas in his head. He was definitely qualified, but too paranoid. He has to go below Kennedy. Truman... he was honest to a fault. He was head strong, but he had a clear course and he ended the war. How about Wilson, the absolute worse pres. of all. He brought back segregation. And Grant, he didn't really want to be pres. and let others run his admin. Then there is Carter. He is below Grant and Wilson.

    Answer by jesse123456 at 7:37 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • I wouldn't put Clinton in the top half unless he just happened to float to the top of the bleh. The presidents we've had over the past 20 years have been mediocre at best. He happened to be in office during the dot com boom, aside from that, his policies didn't do squat but lead us to the Fannie/Freddie disaster.

    In the top I'd have Reagan for funding AIDS research when nobody wanted to admit it existed and avoiding all out war with Russia, Hoover for designing the few policies that actually worked during the depression (even though FDR got the credit because the results didn't show until later), Eisenhower for turning back our warmongering strategy we'd originally had coming out of WWII. Obviously the usuals (Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, etc)

    Answer by NotPanicking at 7:47 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • So they polled a small group of people, who happen to work in one of the most liberal professions in America, and THAT is supposed to be unbiased? LOL

    Whatever floats your boat.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 8:34 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • bow down

    Mancosmomma----My hat off to you, you sure got that right.


    Answer by Natesmom507 at 11:11 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

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