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Poll: Who Has Been the Most Effective President in the Past 30 Years?

Peter Bell, Alex Roarty and Michael Catalini
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Peter Bell Alex Roarty and Michael Catalini
Oct. 17, 2013, 5 p.m.

Who has been the most ef­fect­ive pres­id­ent in the past 30 years?


Ron­ald Re­agan: 11%
George H.W. Bush: 4%
Bill Clin­ton: 75%
George W. Bush: 3%
Barack Obama: 7%

Ron­ald Re­agan

“Tip O’Neill and RR made di­vided gov­ern­ment work. Les­son un­learned.”

George H.W. Bush

“Ef­fect­ive man­age­ment of the end of the Cold War, build­ing a co­ali­tion to free Kuwait, and or­gan­ized the Mad­rid Con­fer­ence.”

Bill Clin­ton

“In­tel­li­gence, cha­risma, and a good eco­nomy, stu­pid.”

“The U.S. was pros­per­ous and at peace while he was pres­id­ent. Clin­ton is the only pres­id­ent in this gen­er­a­tion who left a budget sur­plus to his suc­cessor.”

“Peace, prosper­ity, sur­pluses, and a deal-mak­ing, fair-minded pres­id­ent. Tough to beat the ‘90s.”

“Without a peer in the mod­ern era.”

“If it wer­en’t for Mon­ica and im­peach­ment, it wouldn’t even be a close call.”

“Re­mark­able what he was able to ac­com­plish while hav­ing a Re­pub­lic­an Con­gress.”

George W. Bush

“We’re still in the Middle East, the pub­lic doesn’t mind be­ing wiretapped, and we’re still un­der his tax re­gime.”

Barack Obama

“Only one on the list to end two wars, res­cue the eco­nomy from the deep­est re­ces­sion since WWII, and pass uni­ver­sal health care.”

Who has been the most ef­fect­ive pres­id­ent in the past 30 years?


Ron­ald Re­agan: 89%
George H.W. Bush: 3%
Bill Clin­ton: 6%
George W. Bush: 2%
Barack Obama: 0%

Ron­ald Re­agan

“Not close. Re­agan ‘won’ the Cold War, ended stag­fla­tion, and her­al­ded the rise of mar­ket eco­nom­ics. Only FDR tops him in 20th cen­tury.”

“Hands down. Even Chris Mat­thews is hon­est enough to ad­mit the trans­form­at­ive nature of Re­agan’s pres­id­ency.”

“Is this sup­posed to be a trick ques­tion? Come on. Even lib­er­als and the me­dia ought to be able to be hon­est enough to ad­mit that, es­pe­cially com­pared to the oth­ers.”

“Turn­ing around the eco­nomy, de­feat­ing com­mun­ism, restor­ing faith in the fu­ture — these are not small things.”

“Tax cuts passed, fed­er­al agen­cies reined in, Cold War over, eco­nom­ic re­cov­ery, not im­peached, not a po­lar­iz­ing and des­pised lead­er. Obama and W. are hated by the op­pos­ite party.”

“He and Tip O’Neill set the gold stand­ard.”

“His policies ig­nited the greatest eco­nom­ic re­viv­al since the De­pres­sion and led to the im­plo­sion of the So­viet state.”

“Re­agan gave Amer­ica new dir­ec­tion with a Demo­crat­ic House.and later with a Demo­crat­ic Sen­ate. Not an easy feat, as every­one else on the list could at­test to.”

George H.W. Bush

“In only four years he won a war, ne­go­ti­ated a land­mark free-trade agree­ment, and craf­ted a dif­fi­cult budget deal that led to the prosper­ity of the ‘90s. Plus, he taught les­sons in pat­ri­ot­ism and ci­vil­ity that res­on­ate, es­pe­cially in today’s en­vir­on­ment.”

Bill Clin­ton

“NAF­TA, wel­fare re­form, bal­anced budget — and all with a Re­pub­lic­an Con­gress.”

… … … … .

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