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
Former US President Ronald Reagan speaks to supporters 13 January 1993 after receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in Washington, D.C.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – 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%
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