Presidential Popularity Poll

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on February 19, 2012

A North Carolina based polling company had some free time lately, and conducted a Presidential popularity poll. 89% of the respondents had a favorable opinion of George Washington, making him the most popular POTUS. It is not known if those people know why they admire Mr. Washington.

The study reveals a few details.
PPP surveyed 1,200 American voters from February 9th to 12th. The margin of error for the survey is +/-2.8%. This poll was not paid for or authorized by any campaign or political organization. PPP surveys are conducted through automated telephone interviews. PPP is a Democratic polling company, but polling expert Nate Silver of the New York Times found that its surveys in 2010 actually exhibited a slight bias toward Republican candidates.
Questions 1-43 are the same.
Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of ________ ? Questions 43-49 are the demographics… who you voted for in 2008, ideology, gender, party affiliation, ethnicity, and age. Income and education were not considered.
In the fine print of the report, the 43 men have their popularity broken down by demographics. An example would be on William Henry Harrison. The overall score on Favorable/ Unfavorable/ Not Sure is 14%/8%/78%. This coincides with conventional wisdom, considering that Mr. Harrison died after being in office 32 days, and that it happened 170 years ago. The surprise is the young people. The 18-29 age group gives Mr. Harrison 32% favorable, with 19% negative, and 49% not sure. The 30-45 group gave Mr. Harrison 14%/9%/77%, the 45-65 group gave Mr. Harrison 10%/5%/85%, and the older than 65 population rated Mr. Harrison 9%/5%/86%. (This crosstab is on page 61 of the study).

Mr. Harrison was succeeded by John Tyler, who has been in the news lately. Two grandsons of Mr. Tyler are still alive. The overall score on John Tyler was 10%/10%/80%, with no significant differences noted in the crosstabs.

The overall scores are not surprising, Following Mr. Washington, as the most popular POTUS, are Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and John Adams. The most popular of PG’s lifetime is Dwight Eisenhower, in a tie for sixth with Harry Truman. (Mr. Truman was not well thought of when he was in office.) Richard Nixon is the least popular POTUS, followed by Lyndon Johnson, Warren Harding, Millard Fillmore, and Herbert Hoover. Franklin Pierce scored 84% not sure, to win that category. It is not known how many respondents thought James Garfield was a cat.

Commenter WT said
“This poll is hopelessly flawed because it doesn’t separate out Grover Cleveland’s first and second terms.” Pictures today are from ” The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library” .

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