Harper polling conducted their “Our Commonwealth” poll recently, surveying state residents as to who they believed was the best President of the Modern Era, given the choice between Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, or Ronald Reagan.
Despite the fact that the Democratic nominee has won Pennsylvania in the five most recent Presidential elections, 41% of respondents said they considered Ronald Reagan to be the greatest modern United States President.
Bill Clinton finished second with 28% of the vote, and Obama was third with 19%. Bush Sr. and Jr. received about equal share (5% and 4% respectively).
Reagan was the choice of both the Republicans and Independents polled, amassing 68% of the Republicans’ votes and 46% of the Independents’ votes.
Clinton leads Regan only among the 18-to-39 year-old age group, and he received 46% of Democrats’ vote compared to Obama’s 36%
Women are more than twice as likely to pick Obama as men, though Reagan led both genders.
Those in urban Philadelphia and the Southeast selected Obama as the best modern President, with 35% of the vote. Clinton and Reagan finished second and third in the region, at 29% and 25% respectively.
The sample size for the survey is 568 and the margin of error is +/- 4.11%. The Interactive Voice Response (IVR) automated telephone survey was conducted from June 25-26, 2014.
Harper polling is a nationally recognized Republican polling firm that explores public attitudes that impact voters’ decision in politics and public affairs. Brock McCleary, former Polling Director and Deputy Political Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), is the President of the firm.