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New Poll Asked Americans To Name The Best President In Their Lifetime. Here’s How Obama And Trump Did

A vast majority of Americans say that former President Obama was the best president in their lifetime, according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center.

The poll asked people in an open-ended format which president has done the best job in their lifetimes, using respondents’ first and second choices for the survey’s findings.

Forty-four percent of Americans said Obama was either the best or the second-best president in their lifetime, with 33 percent saying the same for former President Clinton. Thirty-two percent said Ronald Regan was the best or second-best president in their lifetime.

Meanwhile, only 19 percent said the same for President Trump, according to the survey.

The survey notes that Americans’ views on the best president is largely tied to their age. Millennials were more likely than older generations to list Obama as the best president in their lifetime, while older Americans are much more likely to name Reagan as the best president.

Sixty-two percent of millennials believe Obama is either the best in their lifetime. On the other hand, about four in 10 of the two older generations (listed as Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation) named Reagan the best president.

The survey shows that a divide along party lines exists. Seventy-one percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents say Obama is the best or second-best president in their lifetime. Meanwhile, 57 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say Reagan was the best in their lifetime.


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