Is Donald Trump the modern Ronald Reagan? That seems to be how a lot of today’s voters see it, according to a new study. Here’s the full story.
The Parties Are Split
A recent poll from Pew Research asked Americans who the best president in the last 40 years was. Not surprisingly, there was a clear divide between the parties.
Obama Over Clinton
Among Democrats and independents who lean left, Barack Obama was the clear winner. He grabbed 58% of their votes, crushing Bill Clinton’s 19%.
Uncle Joe Is Last
Joe Biden brought up the rear among Democrat presidents, with 7% of the Democrat vote.
Reagan Beat Biden
But Uncle Joe was bested even among Democrats by Ronald Reagan, who captured 8% of the leftists’ votes.
Everyone Loves Ronald
Reagan seemed to be the one thing Republicans and Democrats could agree on. They both like him better than Biden.
Reagan Struggled in His Party
But while Obama cruised to victory in his party, Reagan had a tougher go of it among Republican respondents and independents who lean right.
A Bare Victory
In the end Reagan nabbed 41% of the right-wing votes to win this particular poll.
A Dividing Force
Can you imagine what dividing force managed to divide Republicans yet again?
Many Like Trump Best
Yeah, it was Donald Trump, who 37% of Republicans said was the best President in the last 40 years.
Don Is Just Warming Up
That makes Teflon Don the only one-termer to claim a top-two spot in either party. Of course, if Trump gets his way, he’ll be back for a second round in the Oval Office after the 2024 election.
An Easy Winner
Now, if you look at the numbers as a whole, combining all respondents from both the left and the right, there is a solid winner.
Barack Beats Them All
By that standard, Obama comes out on top 32% of the time, easily trouncing Reagan’s 23%.
Trump Ranks Among the Best
But even when you throw everyone together, Trump manages a solid third-place finish, at 19%. Clinton comes in fourth at 12%.
Don Stands Alone
And, of course, Trump is the only one among those top four who is even eligible to run in 2024, even if he’s a felon by that point.
Biden Brings up the Rear
Meanwhile, Biden is in a dead heat with George W. Bush at 4% of the vote, barely above Daddy Bush at 3%.
Is Trump a Shoe-In?
So, does that mean that Trump is a shoe-in to win the presidential election if he gets the Republican nomination?
It’s a Small Sample
Not unless the same small group of Pew respondents are the ones who get to make the decision in 2024.
Biden Has Dems Nervous
But it has to be somewhat alarming for Democrats that Biden polls so low in this unofficial race. After all, he’s usually touted as the one guy who can beat Trump.
Biden Falling Behind Trump
So does Trump easily beat Biden if the two of them square off in a rematch? It’s a fair question to ask given their history and these poll numbers.
Trump Has a Legacy?
Maybe even more interesting is the possibility of what another term in office could do for Trump’s legacy.
He Might Be the GOAT
If he’s already this close to Reagan after one craze-balls run through the White House, could Trump become the all-time Republican favorite if he returns for Part II?
Trump-Reagan Cage Match
In the end, Dutch and his Teflon hair might not stand a chance against Trump and his Teflon soul.
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