A new poll, conducted by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News, indicates that Bill Clinton is the most admired president in the last 25 years.
When asked which of the presidents of the last quarter century they admired most, 42 percent of the poll respondents named Clinton.
President Barack Obama came in second with 18 percent of respondents naming him. George W. Bush had 17 percent favorability, according to the poll, and the elder George H.W. Bush just 16 percent.
The poll results are seen as good news for former first lady Hillary Clinton, who may well be eyeing a shot at the White House in 2016. As PoliticsUSA’s Jason Easley pointed out, the former president’s favorability, coupled with his wife’s impressive resume, could prove to be a potent mix to oppose any Republican contender.
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“The biggest problem for Republicans is that are going to have to contend with both of the Clintons on the campaign trail,” Easley wrote in a recent column. “The Republican nominee will be outnumbered two to one every day on the campaign trail.”
Others, though, argue that the time studied in the poll was too narrow to give any meaningful feedback. Some point out that the poll excluded President Ronald Reagan who just missed the time cutoff because his last day in office was Jan. 20, 1989.
Many still admire the Reagan administration’s many accomplishments, according to a Newsmax article which pointed out that Reagan was able to end the Cold War while keeping the U.S. economy humming along. The article also cites a 2010 Vanity Fair poll that lists Reagan as the frontrunner of any American president who Republicans would like to see memorialized on Mt. Rushmore.
The Wall Street Journal and NBC poll was conducted with the help of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The poll surveyed 1,238 adults between June 2 and June 8. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percent.