In a new Pew Research Center poll released, former President Barack Obama is at the top of a list of best presidents of Americans’ lifetimes. According to the survey fourty-four percent of Americans say Obama had done the best job as president during their lifetimes.
He’s followed by Bill Clinton at 33% and Ronald Reagan at 32%. However President Donald Trump, not even halfway through his first term, came in fourth with 19%.
The numbers reached in the telephone survey of 2,002 adults combined the respondents’ first and second choices. Age played a major factor in the results.
How you feel about a president’s performance in office often is closely related to how old you are. Sixty-two percent of millennials, which this survey counted as being from ages 22 to 37, named Obama as either their first or second choice for best president.
But 42% of Baby Boomers (ages 54-72) and 38% of the Silent Generation (ages 73-90) listed Reagan as either their first or second choice. Gen Xers (ages 38-53) were split, naming Reagan (45%), Obama (41%) and Clinton (39%) as their first or second choices for best president in their lives.
Partisan differences was a factor in the results as well. Among Republicans and independents who lean right, Ronald Reagan is their first or second choice with 57%, followed by Donald Trump at 40%.
Among Democrats and left-leaning independents, Obama tops their list at 71%, Clinton comes in at 49% and John F. Kennedy is third at 14%
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