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CBS News Poll. March 26-30, 2014. N=1,017 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"Looking back, would you say Lyndon Johnson was one of America's greatest presidents, a very good president, a good president, only a fair president, or a poor president?"

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One of the
greatest
Very
good
Good Fair Poor Unsure/
No answer
% % % % % %

3/26-30/14

3 10 34 26 7 19

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Nov. 18-20, 2013. N=423 adults nationwide. Margin of error 5.

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"From what you have heard, read or remember about some of our past presidents, please tell me if you approve or disapprove of the way each of the following handled their job as president. John F. Kennedy."

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Approve Disapprove Unsure

.

% % %

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11/18-20/13

90 7 3

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Gallup Poll. Feb. 2-5, 2012. N=1,029 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

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"How do you think each of the following presidents will go down in history -- as an outstanding president, above average, average, below average, or poor? . . . ."

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Outstanding Above
average
Average Below
average
Poor Unsure
  % % % % % %

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Ronald Reagan
2/2-5/12 27 42 20 6 4 1
1/9-11/09 25 39 26 4 5 2
12/8-10/06 24 40 26 6 4 1
6/04 15 43 31 6 4 1
8/99 12 42 34 7 6 -
1/93 8 30 37 15 9 1
12/88 17 42 25 9 5 2
9/88 12 40 24 11 9 4
7/87 9 28 35 16 10 3
3/86 16 46 23 8 5 2
1/85 15 40 27 9 5 4

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Bill Clinton
2/2-5/12 18 42 28 7 5 -
1/9-11/09 13 37 29 10 10 -
8/21-23/08 13 36 29 10 11 1
12/8-10/06 12 33 29 15 10 -
6/04 9 29 31 18 13 -
1/02 12 27 32 11 17 1
1/01 15 32 30 11 11 1

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Barack Obama
2/2-5/12 10 28 26 17 18 1

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"George H. W. Bush, president from 1989-1993"
2004 - 2009: "The former president, George Bush, the father of the current president." 1993 and 1999: "George Bush."

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2/2-5/12 6 29 44 11 9 1
1/9-11/09 5 23 49 10 11 2
12/8-10/06 5 27 50 10 8 -
6/04 3 23 55 12 6 1
8/99 7 34 46 8 4 1
1/93 6 30 51 8 4 1

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Jimmy Carter
2/2-5/12 5 20 34 22 16 3
1/9-11/09 6 20 39 15 14 5
12/8-10/06 11 27 38 13 9 3
6/04 5 22 48 17 7 1

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"George W. Bush, president from 2001-2009"
2009 & earlier: "The current president, George W. Bush"

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2/2-5/12 7 18 28 22 25 -
1/9-11/09 4 13 23 23 36 -
12/8-10/06 4 15 27 25 29 -
6/04 6 25 30 23 15 1

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Gerald Ford
2/2-5/12 5 16 54 15 4 6
1/9-11/09 4 19 58 7 4 8
12/8-10/06 6 17 60 9 3 5
6/04 2 12 66 13 4 3

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Richard Nixon

2/2-5/12 3 11 28 32 23 3
1/9-11/09 2 13 32 23 25 4
6/3-6/04 3 11 34 31 20 1
8/3-4/99 4 18 35 24 17 2

 

Gallup Poll. Feb. 2-5, 2011. N=1,015 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

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"Who do you regard as the greatest United States president?"

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2/2-5/11

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%

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Ronald Reagan 19

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Abraham Lincoln 14

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Bill Clinton 13

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John Kennedy 11

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George Washington 10

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Franklin Roosevelt 8

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Barack Obama 5

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Theodore Roosevelt 3

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Harry Truman 3

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George W. Bush 2

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Thomas Jefferson 2

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Jimmy Carter 1

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Dwight Eisenhower 1

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George H. W. Bush 1

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Other 1

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None 1

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No opinion 5

.

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2/9-11/07 2/05 11/03 4/03 2/99
% % % % %
Abraham Lincoln 18 14 17 15 18
Ronald Reagan 16 20 13 10 12
John Kennedy 14 12 17 13 12
Bill Clinton 13 15 9 11 12
Franklin Roosevelt 9 12 11 9 9
George Washington 7 5 7 7 12
Harry Truman 3 2 3 4 4
George W. Bush 2 5 3 11 -
Theodore Roosevelt 2 2 3 2 3
Dwight Eisenhower 2 1 2 1 2
Thomas Jefferson 2 2 3 2 2
Jimmy Carter 2 3 3 3 3
Gerald Ford 1 - - - -
George H. W. Bush 1 1 2 2 5
Richard Nixon - 1 1 1 2
Other 1 1 2 2 1
None 1 1 - 1 1
No opinion 6 3 4 6 2

 

Gallup Poll. Nov. 19-21, 2010. N=1,037 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

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"From what you have heard, read, or remember about some of our past presidents, please tell me if you approve or disapprove of the way each of the following handled their job as president. How about . . . ?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %

John F. Kennedy

11/19-21/10 85 10 6
6/1-4/06 84 9 7
3/18-20/02 83 7 10

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Ronald Reagan

11/19-21/10 74 24 2
6/1-4/06 71 27 2
3/18-20/02 73 22 5

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Bill Clinton

11/19-21/10 69 30 1
6/1-4/06 61 38 1
3/18-20/02 51 47 2

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George H. W. Bush, president from 1989-1993
2006 & earlier: "The elder George Bush, father of the current president"

11/19-21/10 64 34 2
6/1-4/06 56 42 3
3/18-20/02 69 26 5

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Gerald Ford

11/19-21/10 61 26 13
6/1-4/06 60 26 14
3/18-20/02 60 19 21

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Jimmy Carter

11/19-21/10 52 42 6
6/1-4/06 61 34 5
3/18-20/02 60 28 12

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Lyndon Johnson
11/19-21/10 49 36 15
6/1-4/06 41 41 18
3/18-20/02 39 34 27

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George W. Bush, president from 2001-2009

11/19-21/10 47 51 1

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Richard Nixon

11/19-21/10 29 65 5
6/1-4/06 28 65 6
3/18-20/02 34 54 12

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Nov. 11-14, 2010. N=1,014 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"In your view, was George W. Bush one of the greatest presidents, a good but not great president, an average president, or a poor president?"
1/09: "In your view, is George W. Bush one of the greatest presidents, a good but not great president, an average president, or a poor president?"

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One of the
greatest

Good but
not great

Average

Poor

Unsure

% % % % %
11/11-14/10 4 24 33 40 1

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1/12-15/09 3 17 35 46 -

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. April 22-26, 2009. N=973 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"Looking back, do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush handled his job as president?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure

.

% % %

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4/22-26/09

23 70 7

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USA Today/Gallup Poll. Feb. 6-7, 2009. N=1,018 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"Thinking now about some of the past presidents -- If you had to choose, which one of these U.S. presidents would you regard as the greatest: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy, or Ronald Reagan?" Options rotated

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Reagan Kennedy Lincoln Roosevelt Washington Other (vol.)/
Unsure
% % % % % %

2/6-7/09

24 22 22 18 9 5

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Jan. 13-16, 2009. N=1,079 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"How do you think George W. Bush will go down in history -- as an outstanding, above average, average, below average, or poor president?"

.

Outstanding Above average Average Below average Poor 
% % % % % 

1/13-16/09

4 11 26 22 36 

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Jan. 12-15, 2009. N=524 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.5.

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"Looking back on George W. Bush's eight years in office, in general, would you say his presidency was a success or a failure?"

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Success

Failure

Unsure

 
% % %  
1/12-15/09 31 68 1  

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Dec. 19-21, 2008. N=1,013 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"How would you rate George W. Bush in comparison to other presidents in U.S. history? Would you say he is the best president the U.S. has ever had, very good, good, poor, very poor, or would you say he is the worst president the U.S. has ever had?"

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The best

Very good

Good

Poor

Very poor

The worst

% % % % % %
12/19-21/08 - 5 26 23 17 28
8/29-31/08 - 9 29 22 14 26
11/2-4/07 1 8 32 20 15 23

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"How would you rate Dick Cheney in comparison to other vice presidents in U.S. history? Would you say he is the best vice president the U.S. has ever had, very good, good, poor, very poor, or would you say he is the worst vice president the U.S. has ever had?"

.

The best

Very good

Good

Poor

Very poor

The worst

% % % % % %
12/19-21/08 1 4 30 28 13 23

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"From what you have heard, read or remember about some of our past presidents, please tell me if you approve or disapprove of the way each of the following handled their job as president. . . ."

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Approve

Disapprove

Unsure

 

 

 

% % %

 

 

 

Bill Clinton
12/19-21/08 69 31 -

 

 

 

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The elder George Bush
12/19-21/08 60 39 1

 

 

 

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Jimmy Carter
12/19-21/08 64 33 3

 

 

 


 

Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll. Dec. 6-8, 2008. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"How do you think George W. Bush will go down in history -- as an outstanding, above average, average, below average, or poor president?"

.

Outstanding Above average Average Below average Poor Unsure
% % % % % %

12/6-8/08

4 7 24 23 39 3

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey. Dec. 3-7, 2008. N=1,489 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"How do you think President George W. Bush will go down in history -- as an outstanding president, above average, average, below average, or poor?"

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Outstanding Above average Average Below average Poor Unsure
% % % % % %

12/3-7/08

3 8 28 24 34 3

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"In the long run, do you think the accomplishments of the Bush Administration will outweigh its failures, or will the failures outweigh the accomplishments?"

.

    %      

Accomplishments will outweigh failures

24      

Failures will outweigh accomplishments

64      

Unsure

12      

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Dec. 3-4, 2008. N=1,006 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.7.

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"As time passes, how do you think history will see George W. Bush as president? Do you think Bush will be seen as an average president, above average, or below average?"

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Average Above
average
Below
average
Unsure
% % % %

12/3-4/08

27 10 61 2

1/24-25/07

30 14 53 3
5/11-12/06 32 16 50 2
9/29-30/05 35 19 43 3
9/8-9/05 35 19 42 4
10/9-10/03 40 29 26 5

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. April 18-20, 2008. N=1,016 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"Since the start of 2001 when George W. Bush became president, in general, would you say his presidency has been a success or a failure?"

.

Success

Failure

Unsure

 
% % %  
4/18-20/08 27 69 4  
1/20-22/06 46 52 2  
10/28-30/05 42 55 3  
8/28-30/05 47 51 2  

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Jan. 20-22, 2008. N=approx. 500 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.4.

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"Compared with the past several presidents, do you feel that George W. Bush will turn out to have been one of the very best, better than most, not as good as most, or definitely worse than most of them?"

.

One of the
Very Best

Better Than
Most

Not as Good
As Most

Definitely
Worse Than
Most

Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

1/20-22/08

5 23 29 41 2

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Sept. 27-30, 2007. N=1,114 adults nationwide.

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"Thinking back to when Bill Clinton was in office, would you say you approve or disapprove of the way Clinton handled his job as president?"

.

Approve

Disapprove

Unsure

% % %
9/27-30/07 66 32 2
6/17-20/04 62 37 1
6/03 55 43 2

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. March 23-25, 2007. N=1,007 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"Next we have a few questions about former president, Bill Clinton. Overall, do you think Bill Clinton was a good president or a bad president?"

.

Good

Bad

Mixed (vol.)

Unsure

%

%

%

%

3/23-25/07

71 24 4 1

 

CNN Poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation. Nov. 17-19, 2006. N=1,025 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"Who do you think was the better president: George W. Bush, the current president, or his father, George Bush, who was president from 1989 to 1993?"

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Current
President
Former
President
Equally Good
or Bad (vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  

11/17-19/06

25 61 12 2  

 

Time Poll conducted by Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas (SRBI) Public Affairs. July 13-17, 2006. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"Based on what you remember from President Clinton's administration, do you approve or disapprove of the job Bill Clinton did in handling his job as president?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    

7/13-17/06

70 27 2    

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. May 23-30, 2006. N=1,534 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.5.

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"Thinking about the United States presidents we have had since World War II -- [see below] -- which one would you consider the best president?"

.

%        
Ronald Reagan 28        
Bill Clinton 25        
John Kennedy 18        
Harry Truman 7        
Jimmy Carter 5        
Dwight Eisenhower 5        
George W. Bush 3        
George Bush Senior 2        
Gerald Ford 1        
Lyndon Johnson 1        
Richard Nixon 1        
No opinion 4        

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"Which of these eleven presidents we have had since World War II would you consider the worst president: [see below]?"

.

%        
George W. Bush 34        
Richard Nixon 17        
Bill Clinton 16        
Jimmy Carter 13        
Lyndon Johnson 4        
George Bush Senior 3        
Ronald Reagan 3        
Gerald Ford 2        
John Kennedy 1        
Harry Truman 1        
Dwight Eisenhower -        
No opinion 5        

 

Diageo/Hotline Poll conducted by Financial Dynamics. Dec. 12-13, 2005. N=813 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.4.

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"Overall, how do you think history will judge President George W. Bush's performance in office during 2005? Will he be seen as having done an excellent job, a good job, only a fair job, or a poor job?"

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Excellent Good Only fair Poor Unsure
% % % % %
12/12-13/05 8 26 27 36 3

 

Gallup Poll. June 3-6, 2004. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"How do you think each of the following presidents will go down in history -- as an outstanding president, above average, average, below average, or poor? . . . ."

.

Outstanding Above average Average Below average Poor Unsure
  % % % % % %

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Lyndon Johnson
6/04 2 16 51 18 6 7

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John F. Kennedy
6/04 23 55 19 2 - 1

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Franklin D. Roosevelt
6/04 24 53 17 1 1 4

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. June 19-July 2, 2003. N=1,201 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"Compared with the past presidents, do you feel that Bill Clinton will turn out to have been one of the very best, better than most, not as good as most, or definitely worse than most of them?"

.

One of
Very Best

Better
Than Most

Not as Good
as Most

Worse
Than Most

Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

6/19 - 7/2/03 14 35 28 18 5
1/02 12 39 25 19 5

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Feb. 15-16, 2001. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"As time passes, how do you think history will see Bill Clinton as president? Do you think Clinton will be seen as an average president, above average, or below average?"

.

2/15-16 2/8-9
% %
Average 36 35
Above average 28 37
Below average 34 26
Don't know 2 2

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Jan. 5-7, 2001. N=1,018 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"In your view, will Clinton mostly be remembered as president for [rotate] his accomplishments, OR, his involvement in personal scandal?"
1/01 8/00 8/98
% % %
Accomplishments 28 22 23
Scandal 68 73 71
Other (vol.) 3 2 3
No opinion 1 3 3

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Asked of Form A (N=514 adults, MoE +/- 5):
"Which comes closer to your view of Bill Clinton as he prepares to leave the White House:
[rotate] I'm glad he is leaving, OR, I'll miss him when he is gone?"
%
I'm glad he's leaving 51
I'll miss him 45
No opinion 4

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Jan. 3-7, 2001. N=1,258 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"How do you think President Clinton will go down in history -- as an outstanding president, above average, average, below average, or poor?"
%
Outstanding 12
Above average 32
Average 32
Below average 10
Poor 11
No opinion 3

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"Thinking ahead, what do you think Bill Clinton will be most remembered for after he has left office?" Multiple responses accepted.
%
Scandals 74
Economy/Budget deficit 14
Foreign policy 6
Other positive comments 5
Other negative comments 3
Domestic policy 1
Don't know 3

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Asked of Form 1 (N=636 adults, MoE +/- 4.5):
"In the long run, do you think the accomplishments of the Clinton Administration will outweigh its failures, or will the failures outweigh the accomplishments?"
%
Accomplishments will outweigh failures 60
Failures will outweigh accomplishments 27
Don't know 13

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Asked of Form 2 (N=622 adults, MoE +/- 4.5):
"In the long run, do you think Bill Clinton will mostly be remembered for his accomplishments as president or for the impeachment and other scandals involving his Administration?"
%
For accomplishments 28
For impeachment and other scandals 67
Don't know 5

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"Thinking about the major problems facing the country, would you say President Clinton has made progress toward solving these problems, tried but failed to solve these problems, not addressed these problems, or made these problems even worse?"
1/01 9/98 10/95
% % %
Made progress 52 45 24
Tried but failed 27 34 50
Not addressed 9 9 11
Made worse 6 9 12
Don't know 6 3 3

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Aug. 11-12, 2000. N=1,023 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"Since the start of 1993 when Bill Clinton became president, in general, would you say his presidency has been a success or a failure?"
Success Failure Unsure
% % %
8/00 68 29 3
1/99 77 20 3
1/98 71 25 4

 

ABC News.com Poll. Feb. 16-20, 2000. N=1,012 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"Who do you think was the greatest American president?"
%

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Lincoln 19

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JFK 17

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FDR 11

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Reagan 9

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Washington 8

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Clinton 7

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T. Roosevelt 4

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Bush 4

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Jefferson 3

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Truman 2

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Nixon 2
Carter 1
Eisenhower 1
No opinion 10

 

The Gallup Poll. Feb. 14-15, 2000. N=1,050 adults nationwide.

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"Thinking about the U.S. presidents we have had since World War II -- Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton -- which one would you consider the greatest president?" Half sample

.

2/00 2/99
% %
Kennedy 32 27
Reagan 19 20
Truman 12 12
Eisenhower 9 8
Clinton 9 12
Carter 4 6
Bush 4 6
Nixon 3 3
Johnson 1 2
Ford 1 1
None (vol.) - 1
No opinion 6 2

.

"And which of these ten presidents we have had since World War II would you consider the worst president?" Half sample

.

2/00 2/99
% %
Nixon 28 28
Clinton 20 21
Carter 12 11
Reagan 12 11
Johnson 5 7
Ford 4 5
Truman 3 2
Eisenhower 3 2
Bush 3 4
Kennedy 1 1
None (vol.) 2 2
No opinion 7 6

 

ABC News Poll. Jan. 26, 2000. N=515 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.5.

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"How do you think Clinton will go down in history: as an outstanding president, above average, below average, or poor?"

.

Outstanding Above
Average
Average
(vol.)
Below
Average
Poor

Unsure

% % % % % %
1/00 7 28 26 21 17 1
9/99 11 35 17 19 16 2

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Jan. 12-16, 2000. N=529 adults nationwide. Margin of error 5.

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"In the long run, do you think the accomplishments of the Clinton Administration will outweigh its failures, or will the failures outweigh the accomplishments?"

.

1/00 8/99 1/99 9/98
% % % %
Accomplishments will outweigh failures 51 56 50 52
Failures will outweigh accomplishments 37 38 34 35
Don't know/Refused 12 6 16 13

 

Fox News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Oct. 20-21, 1999. N=904 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

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"Do you think history will remember President Clinton as a highly respected leader or as a president under the cloud of constant scandals?"

.

Respected
Leader
Under Cloud Both (vol.) Unsure
% % % %
10/99 20 68 9 3
8/98 21 65 8 6
3/98 23 61 6 10
9/97 31 46 6 17

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). Sept. 9-12,1999. N=1,010 adults nationwide.

.

"Which one of the following do you consider to be the most important president of the 20th century? . . ."
%
Franklin D. Roosevelt 32
John F. Kennedy 22
Ronald Reagan 15
Harry S Truman 7
Dwight Eisenhower 6
Bill Clinton 6
Theodore Roosevelt 5
Woodrow Wilson 1
All (vol.) 1
None/Other (vol.) 1
Not sure 4

 

ABC News Poll. Sept. 11-15, 1998. N=1,011 adults nationwide.

"In your lifetime, which president do you think did the best job?
"In your lifetime, which president do you think did the worst job?"

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Top responses, by age

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THE BEST
18-34 35-49 50-64 65+
Clinton 38% Reagan 23% Kennedy 29% FDR 26%
Reagan 34% JFK 22% Reagan 15% Truman 21%
Bush 12% Clinton 16% Clinton 13% Clinton 13%

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THE WORST
18-34 35-49 50-64 65+
Reagan 22% Nixon 32% Nixon 29% Nixon 19%
Clinton 20% Carter 17% Clinton 16% Reagan 11%
Bush 16% Reagan 16% Reagan 15% Carter 11%

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