Americans Rate Lincoln As Most Influential President





It’s a good thing today’s holiday isn’t Father’s Day because the Father of our Country sure isn’t getting much respect.

George Washington is a distant second to Abraham Lincoln in a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey asking Americans which of the men whose birthdays we honor on Presidents’ Day has had the more lasting impact on U.S. history.

Sixty-nine percent (69%) say Lincoln, the 16th president who served from 1861 to 1865, while 23% say Washington, our first president from 1789 to 1797. Eight percent (8%) are undecided.

When Americans are asked to choose who among five presidents was the nation’s most influential chief executive, Washington comes in next to last with 12%. He is followed only by Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence and the man who made the Louisiana Purchase, with 10% support.
Thirty-nine percent (39%) say Lincoln, who led the country during the Civil War and issued the Emancipation Proclamation, was the country’s most influential president. Ronald Reagan is next at 16%, with Franklin D. Roosevelt close behind (15%). Eleven percent (11%) aren’t sure.



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