New Poll: Obama Should Emulate Reagan, FDR


By: Jim Kouri, CPP

When American voters were asked which past President of the United States they believe Barack Obama should model his new presidency after, they did not pick Abraham Lincoln or John F. Kennedy, or even George Washington as their top choice. They picked Ronald Reagan, according to a poll conducted by Clarius Research Group.

The nationwide survey conducted this past week showed that Reagan was the top choice among all voters with 26 percent, followed by Franklin D. Roosevelt with 18%, Kennedy with 17% and Lincoln with 13%.

“Reagan was the overwhelming favorite among Republican voters,” said Dr. Ron Faucheux, President of Clarus. “He received 59 percent as the President GOP voters want Obama to emulate. Nobody else came close.”

“Democrats scattered their choices more,” Faucheux noted. “FDR was their top pick at 27 percent and was closely followed by Kennedy, with 26 percent. Lincoln, a Republican, ranked third among Democrats.”

The following question was asked in the survey:

“If Barack Obama were to select one President from the past as a role model for his

presidency, which past President would you want him to use as an example:

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore

Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy,

or Ronald Reagan?”

Other poll findings included:

— Independents favored Reagan, followed by FDR, Lincoln and Kennedy.

— Younger voters (under 30) selected JFK as their favorite. Reagan and
Lincoln followed.

– Older voters (over 65) put Roosevelt first. Reagan was second.
— White voters picked Reagan as their top choice with FDR in second
place.

– African American voters favored Kennedy by a wide margin. Lincoln, the
Great Emancipator, came in second.

– Home regions of past Presidents can still have political impact.
Reagan, from California, did the best in the West (30 percent) and the
worst in the Northeast (22 percent). FDR, a New Yorker, scored highest
in the Northeast (26 percent) and lowest in the Midwest (15 percent).

– Reagan dominated small town and rural America, winning 31 percent.
Among urban voters, FDR led with 23 percent. Reagan was also favored
among suburbanites, capturing 28 percent.

– Reagan won high-income voters (over $100,000 a year) with 33 percent
followed by FDR with 21 percent. JFK and Reagan, at 21 percent, tied
among voters with incomes under $50,000 a year.

– Education was a factor in some cases. FDR received 14 percent among
voters without a college degree but 25 percent among those with
graduate degrees. Kennedy won 27 percent of voters with high school
educations and 14 percent among college graduates.

Presidents among the Founding Fathers — George Washington and Thomas Jefferson — received 4 and 3 percent, respectively. Cold War Presidents Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower also received 4 and 3 percent among all voters. Theodore Roosevelt, a progressive Republican, captured 4 percent; the Hero of the Battle of New Orleans, Democrat Andrew Jackson, received 1 percent.

Source: Clarus Research Group

Web Site: http://www.clarusrg.com/



Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he’s the new editor for the House Conservatives Fund’s weblog. Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.

He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for TheConservativeVoice.Com and PHXnews.com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com. Kouri’s own website is located at http://jimkouri.us

About The Author Jim Kouri, CPP:
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.
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