How Have the Mighty Fallen…

Responding to a question posed in an ABC News survey in February 2002, a random sample of 1,025 American adults named Abraham Lincoln as the greatest American president ever. Several other luminaries—including the other three faces on Mount Rushmore (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt)—received only a smattering of mentions. Franklin Roosevelt finished third, tied—weirdly, in my view—with Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. But what really stands out in the present-day context is that tied with John F. Kennedy for second place as the greatest American president was … George W. Bush.

One Response to How Have the Mighty Fallen…

  1. Phil November 27, 2007 at 2:31 pm #

    I have to have my doubts about the randomness of the sample.