America's Greatest President Was...

The Gipper, according to a recent poll
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2011 10:21 AM CST
Happy Presidents Day: Ronald Reagan Was America's Greatest President, Says Gallup Poll
Former US President Ronald Reagan speaks to supporters 13 January 1993 after receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in Washington, D.C.   (Getty Images)

It’s Presidents Day, so surely you’re wondering: Who is America’s greatest president? A recent Gallup poll has your answer: Ronald Reagan, according to 19% of respondents. Gallup has asked the same "greatest president" question eight times over the last 12 years, and Reagan has come out on top three of those times. The other top vote-getters are Abraham Lincoln, with four wins, and John F. Kennedy with two (one was a tie with Lincoln). This year’s top 10:

  1. Ronald Reagan: 19%
  2. Abraham Lincoln: 14%
  3. Bill Clinton: 13%
  4. John F. Kennedy: 11%
  5. George Washington: 10%
  6. Franklin Roosevelt: 8%
  7. Barack Obama: 5%
  8. Theodore Roosevelt: 3%
  9. Harry Truman: 3%
  10. George W. Bush: 2%
Click for the complete list. (Read more Ronald Reagan stories.)

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