Political Insiders Poll

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

Michael Catalini, Alex Roarty and Peter Bell
See more stories about...
Michael Catalini Alex Roarty Peter Bell
Oct. 17, 2013, 5 p.m.

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

DEMO­CRATS (93 VOTES)

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?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (95 VOTES)

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.”

… … … … .

Demo­crat­ic Polit­ic­al In­siders Jill Alp­er, John An­za­lone, Brad Ban­non, Dave Beat­tie, Andy Bech­hoe­fer, Cor­nell Belch­er, Matt Ben­nett, Mitchell W. Ber­ger, Mike Ber­man, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brath­waite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brew­er, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bon­nie Camp­bell, Bill Car­rick, Guy Cecil, Mar­tin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Co­hen, Jerry Craw­ford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Daniel­son, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott De­Fife, Jim De­mers, Tad Dev­ine, Dav­id Di Mar­tino, Debbie Din­gell, Mon­ica Dix­on, Patrick Dor­ton, Pat Du­jakovich, An­ita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve El­men­d­orf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Fer­son, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Fo­ley, Jef­frey For­bes, Vin­cent Fril­lici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Mi­chael Gonza­lez, Joe Grand­mais­on, Anna Green­berg, Stan Green­berg, Pat Griffin, Larry Griso­lano, Mi­chael Gron­stal, Lisa Grove, Mar­cia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Har­poot­li­an, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hat­t­away, Mike Henry, Kar­en Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Har­old Ickes, Mar­cus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jard­ing, Jona­thon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kauf­man, Lisa Koun­toupes, Celinda Lake, Dav­id Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Le­hane, Jeff Link, Bob Malo­ney, Jim Man­ley, Steve Marchand, Jim Mar­gol­is, Paul Maslin, Keith Ma­son, Susan Mc­Cue, Ger­ald McEntee, Steve McMa­hon, Tom McMa­hon, Phil Mc­Namara, Dav­id Med­ina, Mi­chael Mee­han, Mark Mell­man, John Mer­rigan, Mi­chael Mon­roe, Steve Murphy, Janet Na­pol­it­ano, Dav­id Nas­sar, Mar­cia Nich­ols, John Nor­ris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Don­nell, Jef­frey Peck, De­bora Pig­na­telli, Tony Podesta, Je­frey Pol­lock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Re­iley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ric­chetti, Will Robin­son, Steve Rosenth­al, Dav­id Rudd, Ry­an Rudom­in­er, John Ry­an, Mi­chael Sar­geant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shu­maker, Sean Sin­clair, Phil Sing­er, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thor­nell, Jef­frey Tram­mell, Ed Tur­l­ing­ton, Rick Wien­er, James Wil­li­ams, JoDee Win­ter­hof, Bri­an Wolff, Jon Young­dahl, and Jim Zo­gby.

GOP Polit­ic­al In­siders Dan Al­len, Stan An­der­son, Gary An­dres, Saul­i­us (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bain­wol, Bri­an Baker, Gary Bauer, Dav­id Beck­with, Paul Ben­necke, Clark Ben­son, Wayne Ber­man, Bri­an Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Bla­lock, Car­mine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bon­jean, Jeff Bu­ley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Carde­n­as, Danny Car­roll, Alex Cas­tel­lanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cic­coni, Jonath­an Col­le­gio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Cor­man, Scott Cot­ting­ton, Jay Cran­ford, Greg Crist, Di­ane Crookham-John­son, Fer­gus Cul­len, Tom Dav­is, Mike Den­nehy, Ken Duber­stein, Debi Durham, Sara Fa­gen, Frank Fahren­kopf, John Fee­hery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Ben­jamin Gins­berg, Dav­id Gir­ard-di­Carlo, Bill Green­er, Jonath­an Grella, Lanny Grif­fith, Janet Mullins Gris­som, Doug Gross, Todd Har­ris, Steve Hart, Chris­toph­er Healy, Ral­ph Hell­mann, Chris Hen­ick, Terry Holt, Dav­id Ian­nel­li, Ed Ingle, Jim In­no­cenzi, Clark Judge, Dav­id Keat­ing, Dav­id Ken­sing­er, Bob Kjel­lander, Ed Kut­ler, Chris La­Civ­ita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lom­bardo, Kev­in Mad­den, Joel Maiola, Gary Malo­ney, Dav­id Mar­in, Mary Matal­in, Dan Mat­toon, Bri­an Mc­Cor­mack, Mark McKin­non, Kyle Mc­Slar­row, Ken Mehl­man, Jim Mer­rill, Lisa Cam­ooso Miller, Tim Mor­ris­on, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nel­son, Neil Ne­w­house, Dav­id Nor­cross, Zi­ad Ojakli, Jack Oliv­er, Todd Olsen, Kev­in O’Neill, Con­nie Par­toy­an, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, Dav­id Rehr, Tom Reyn­olds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, Dav­id Roeder­er, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, An­drew Shore, Kev­in Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steep­er, Bob Steven­son, Terry Sul­li­van, Dav­id Tamasi, Eric Tan­en­blatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Tim­mons, War­ren Tomp­kins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Don­gen, Jan van Lo­huizen, Stew­art Ver­dery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee West­ine, Dave Win­ston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Mat­thew Zablud. 

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

DEMO­CRATS (93 VOTES)

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?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (95 VOTES)

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.”

… … … … .

Demo­crat­ic Polit­ic­al In­siders Jill Alp­er, John An­za­lone, Brad Ban­non, Dave Beat­tie, Andy Bech­hoe­fer, Cor­nell Belch­er, Matt Ben­nett, Mitchell W. Ber­ger, Mike Ber­man, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brath­waite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brew­er, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bon­nie Camp­bell, Bill Car­rick, Guy Cecil, Mar­tin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Co­hen, Jerry Craw­ford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Daniel­son, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott De­Fife, Jim De­mers, Tad Dev­ine, Dav­id Di Mar­tino, Debbie Din­gell, Mon­ica Dix­on, Patrick Dor­ton, Pat Du­jakovich, An­ita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve El­men­d­orf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Fer­son, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Fo­ley, Jef­frey For­bes, Vin­cent Fril­lici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Mi­chael Gonza­lez, Joe Grand­mais­on, Anna Green­berg, Stan Green­berg, Pat Griffin, Larry Griso­lano, Mi­chael Gron­stal, Lisa Grove, Mar­cia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Har­poot­li­an, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hat­t­away, Mike Henry, Kar­en Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Har­old Ickes, Mar­cus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jard­ing, Jona­thon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kauf­man, Lisa Koun­toupes, Celinda Lake, Dav­id Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Le­hane, Jeff Link, Bob Malo­ney, Jim Man­ley, Steve Marchand, Jim Mar­gol­is, Paul Maslin, Keith Ma­son, Susan Mc­Cue, Ger­ald McEntee, Steve McMa­hon, Tom McMa­hon, Phil Mc­Namara, Dav­id Med­ina, Mi­chael Mee­han, Mark Mell­man, John Mer­rigan, Mi­chael Mon­roe, Steve Murphy, Janet Na­pol­it­ano, Dav­id Nas­sar, Mar­cia Nich­ols, John Nor­ris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Don­nell, Jef­frey Peck, De­bora Pig­na­telli, Tony Podesta, Je­frey Pol­lock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Re­iley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ric­chetti, Will Robin­son, Steve Rosenth­al, Dav­id Rudd, Ry­an Rudom­in­er, John Ry­an, Mi­chael Sar­geant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shu­maker, Sean Sin­clair, Phil Sing­er, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thor­nell, Jef­frey Tram­mell, Ed Tur­l­ing­ton, Rick Wien­er, James Wil­li­ams, JoDee Win­ter­hof, Bri­an Wolff, Jon Young­dahl, and Jim Zo­gby.

GOP Polit­ic­al In­siders Dan Al­len, Stan An­der­son, Gary An­dres, Saul­i­us (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bain­wol, Bri­an Baker, Gary Bauer, Dav­id Beck­with, Paul Ben­necke, Clark Ben­son, Wayne Ber­man, Bri­an Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Bla­lock, Car­mine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bon­jean, Jeff Bu­ley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Carde­n­as, Danny Car­roll, Alex Cas­tel­lanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cic­coni, Jonath­an Col­le­gio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Cor­man, Scott Cot­ting­ton, Jay Cran­ford, Greg Crist, Di­ane Crookham-John­son, Fer­gus Cul­len, Tom Dav­is, Mike Den­nehy, Ken Duber­stein, Debi Durham, Sara Fa­gen, Frank Fahren­kopf, John Fee­hery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Ben­jamin Gins­berg, Dav­id Gir­ard-di­Carlo, Bill Green­er, Jonath­an Grella, Lanny Grif­fith, Janet Mullins Gris­som, Doug Gross, Todd Har­ris, Steve Hart, Chris­toph­er Healy, Ral­ph Hell­mann, Chris Hen­ick, Terry Holt, Dav­id Ian­nel­li, Ed Ingle, Jim In­no­cenzi, Clark Judge, Dav­id Keat­ing, Dav­id Ken­sing­er, Bob Kjel­lander, Ed Kut­ler, Chris La­Civ­ita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lom­bardo, Kev­in Mad­den, Joel Maiola, Gary Malo­ney, Dav­id Mar­in, Mary Matal­in, Dan Mat­toon, Bri­an Mc­Cor­mack, Mark McKin­non, Kyle Mc­Slar­row, Ken Mehl­man, Jim Mer­rill, Lisa Cam­ooso Miller, Tim Mor­ris­on, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nel­son, Neil Ne­w­house, Dav­id Nor­cross, Zi­ad Ojakli, Jack Oliv­er, Todd Olsen, Kev­in O’Neill, Con­nie Par­toy­an, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, Dav­id Rehr, Tom Reyn­olds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, Dav­id Roeder­er, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, An­drew Shore, Kev­in Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steep­er, Bob Steven­son, Terry Sul­li­van, Dav­id Tamasi, Eric Tan­en­blatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Tim­mons, War­ren Tomp­kins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Don­gen, Jan van Lo­huizen, Stew­art Ver­dery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee West­ine, Dave Win­ston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Mat­thew Zablud. 

What We're Following See More »
TAKATA RECALLS COULD TAKE YEARS TO COMPLETE
Airbag Recalls Target 12 Million Automobiles
10 minutes ago
THE LATEST

"The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration identified on Friday the makes and models of 12 million cars and motorcycles that have been recalled because of defective air bag inflators made by Japanese supplier Takata. The action includes 4.3 million Chryslers; 4.5 million Hondas; 1.6 million Toyotas; 731,000 Mazdas; 402,000 Nissans; 383,000 Subarus; 38,000 Mitsubishis; and 2,800 Ferraris. ... Analysts have said it could take years for all of the air bags to be replaced. Some have questioned whether Takata can survive the latest blow."

Source:
INVESTIGATION LEADS TO LEAKER’S RESIGNATION
Secret Service Disciplines 41 Agents Over Chaffetz Leak
41 minutes ago
THE LATEST

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says 41 Secret Service agents have been disciplined in the fallout of an investigation over the agency's leak of personnel files. The leaker, who has resigned, released records showing that Oversight and Government Reform Chair Jason Chaffetz—who was leading an investigation of Secret Service security lapses—had applied for a job at the agency years before. The punishments include reprimands and suspension without pay. "Like many others I was appalled by the episode reflected in the Inspector General’s report, which brought real discredit to the Secret Service," said Johnson.

Source:
#NEVERTRUMP’S LONELY LEADER
Romney Talks Cost of His Futile Anti-Trump Fight
2 hours ago
THE LATEST

Mitt Romney spoke in an interview with the Wall Street Journal about his decision to challenge Donald Trump. “Friends warned me, ‘Don’t speak out, stay out of the fray,’ because criticizing Mr. Trump will only help him by giving him someone else to attack. They were right. I became his next target, and the incoming attacks have been constant and brutal.” Still, "I wanted my grandkids to see that I simply couldn’t ignore what Mr. Trump was saying and doing, which revealed a character and temperament unfit for the leader of the free world.”

Source:
CONGRESS DIVIDED ON DEBT CRISIS PLAN
Puerto Rico Relief Stalled on the Hill
2 hours ago
THE LATEST

"A bill to help Puerto Rico handle its $70 billion debt crisis is facing an uncertain future in the Senate. No Senate Democrats have endorsed a bill backed by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, while some are actively fighting it. ... On the Republican side, senators say they’re hopeful to pass a bill but don’t know if they can support the current legislation — which is expected to win House approval given its backing from leaders in that chamber."

Source:
LAWMAKERS RECESS WITH NO PLAN IMMINENT
Congress Slow-walking Zika Legislation
3 hours ago
THE LATEST

"Congress abandoned the Capitol Thursday for an almost two-week break without addressing how to combat Zika, even as public health officials issue dire warnings about the spread of the mosquito-driven virus with summer approaching. ... Instead of racing to fund efforts to thwart a potential health crisis, lawmakers are treating the Zika debate like regular legislation, approving Thursday the establishment of a House-Senate committee to hammer out differences in their competing bills."

Source:
×