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Most admired president is Bill Clinton, but poll debunked for lack of 'options'

Most admired president is Bill Clinton, but poll debunked for lack of 'options'
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Our nation’s most admired president, at least from the last 25 years, is none other than Bill Clinton. But when you only have four options to choose from in the poll, assembled by NBC News in conjunction with the Wall Street Journal and an Annenberg Survey team, how telling really are the respondent’s answers?

For what it’s worth, former President Bill Clinton, who sat in the Oval Office from 1993 to 2001 as the 42nd President of the United States, is our nation’s most admired president. That stat has to be of some buoyancy to Hillary Clinton, who appears poised to be the Democratic nominee for the next presidential election – should she decide to accept it.

NBC News reported on the survey, which gave 1,031 registered voters the choice of the four presidents who served over the last 25 years – Obama, Clinton, former President George W. Bush and his father, former President George H.W. Bush.

According to NBC, here is the breakdown:

Forty-two percent of respondents picked Clinton… as the president they admired the most. He was followed by current President Barack Obama at 18 percent, George W. Bush at 17 percent and his father, George H.W. Bush, at 16 percent.

Really, no surprise there. President Obama’s approval rating is at an all-time low, hovering around 44 percent, according to a recent Bloomberg News poll. Obama came in with nearly equal percentage responses to the two Bush’s.

According to NewsMax, the poll “met with some approving comments and some outcry, especially after many pointed out that one of the most popular presidents in this century, the late Ronald Reagan, was not included in the survey's cut-off point.”

NewsMax explains the cutoff:

Reagan's last day in office was on Jan. 20, 1989, just a few weeks into the 25-year poll limit, and had he been included, he may have given Clinton competition for the top spot.

Comments left on NBC varied as news broke about the poll. A sampling:

Bush senior was under appreciated and Bush junior was over appreciated. My admiration of Clinton is high but not as high as it was ten years ago. I've learned a lot about his presidency since then. Let's do the math… Bush, Sr. was in for 4 years, Clinton was in for 8, W was in for 8 and that leaves Obama who has been over 5. There's the 25 years. What kind of poll is that?

Kennedy stared down Russia. Ford ended his career by pardoning Nixon to get the country moving past the scandal, and Reagan got the wall torn down. I remember all of those, but that's outside the 25-year zone.

Lets write Clinton in again so he can work his magic and fix this hell storm were in. We had a surplus people! And jobs.

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