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This Discovery Channel poll cited by the Guardian would not be considered scientific, since the respondents were self-selected. Below is the most recent Gallup poll which shows JFK and FDR tied for 4th place behind Reagan Clinton & Lincoln. If you look at the long run of polls its a contest between Lincoln, FDR, JFK and Reagan.

Tim Gratz's heroes, LBJ & Nixon, are usually counted among the worst presidents ever, and no one knows why.

It would be very interesting to take a scientific poll Outside the US to find the greatest US President. I suspect that only JFK & FDR would be in contention.

Presidents and History

All data are from nationwide surveys of Americans 18 & older.

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Gallup Poll. Feb. 7-10, 2005. N=1,008 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Who do you regard as the greatest United States president?"

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2/05 11/03 2/99

% % %

Ronald Reagan 20 13 12

Bill Clinton 15 9 12

Abraham Lincoln 14 17 18

Franklin Roosevelt 12 11 9

John Kennedy 12 17 12

George W. Bush 5 3 -

George Washington 5 7 12

Jimmy Carter 3 3 3

Harry Truman 2 3 4

Theodore Roosevelt 2 3 3

Thomas Jefferson 2 3 2

George H. W. Bush 1 2 5

Dwight Eisenhower 1 2 2

Richard Nixon 1 1 2

Other 1 2 1

None 1 - 1

No opinion 3 4 2

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Guest Stephen Turner

Greatest American, Bill Hicks. Guy made me laugh till I P***ed my pants.

Oh and BTW, Greatest Englishman, Tom Paine. Steve....

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Oh and BTW, Greatest Englishman, Tom Paine. Steve....

I agree.

Hey, fellows...over here we consider Tom Paine an American!

Most of the Colonists were English. Paine was a GREAT American!

But he was English first.

Interesting, though, that you consider an English "traitor" the

GREATEST ENGLISHMAN. I agree that his writings (thoughts)

had a GREAT influence on history. Wasn't he influenced

by Franklin (one of my heroes of history)? Franklin and I share

the same birthdate.

I consider men of great intellect to be GREATEST. So topping

my list is LEONARDO DA VINCI, followed by Jefferson, Franklin,

and Edison. These are men who CHANGED THE COURSE OF

MANKIND FOR BETTER.

At the bottom of any list is Dubya Bush...and most politicians.

Jack

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Guest Stephen Turner
Oh and BTW, Greatest Englishman, Tom Paine. Steve....

I agree.

Hey, fellows...over here we consider Tom Paine an American!

Most of the Colonists were English. Paine was a GREAT American!

But he was English first.

Interesting, though, that you consider an English "traitor" the

GREATEST ENGLISHMAN. I agree that his writings (thoughts)

had a GREAT influence on history. Wasn't he influenced

by Franklin (one of my heroes of history)? Franklin and I share

the same birthdate.

I consider men of great intellect to be GREATEST. So topping

my list is LEONARDO DA VINCI, followed by Jefferson, Franklin,

and Edison. These are men who CHANGED THE COURSE OF

MANKIND FOR BETTER.

At the bottom of any list is Dubya Bush...and most politicians.

Jack

Jack, only the "Ruling classes" considered him a traitor as he preached liberty & freedom for all.That and the fact that his birth place is only 20 miles from my own, make him a truely great ENGLISHMAN. :blink:

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