New Poll: Reagan, FDR Lead Presidential Role Models
According to a nationwide survey conducted by Clarus Research Group this past week, Reagan was the top choice among all voters with 26 percent, followed by
“Reagan was the overwhelming favorite among Republican voters,” said Dr.
“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.”
- 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
$100,000a year) with 33 percent followed by FDR with 21 percent. JFK and Reagan, at 21 percent, tied among voters with incomes under $50,000a 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.
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About Clarus Research Group:
Clarus Research Group, a nonpartisan and full-service survey research company based in
The following question was asked in the survey:
CONTACT: Renate Geerlings firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 255-2744 Ron Faucheux (202) 256-8036
SOURCE Clarus Research Group