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Obama 'best' US president, says Pew survey

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Former US may no longer be in the Oval Office, but a majority (44 per cent) of Americans believe he was the best in their lifetime, according to a survey which puts current at the fourth position.

Obama, who served two terms as president, was chosen by more than four-in-ten (44 per cent) of the respondents as the best or second-best president of their lifetime, usurping (33 per cent) and (32 per cent).

Not yet halfway through his first term, 19 per cent believed Trump had done the best or second-best job as President, the survey noted.

The percentage, however, is comparable to Obama's during his first term in 2011, with only 20 per cent viewing him as one of the best presidents, it said.

The survey was conducted between June 5-12 among 2,002 adults and asked people in an open-ended format which president had done the best job in their lifetimes. The analysis is based on their first and second choices.

Obama was rated the best president with 31 per cent and second choice by 13 per cent, giving him a grand total of 44 per cent.

A total of 10 per cent of respondents said Trump was the best president of their lifetime, followed by 9 per cent of people who said he was their runner-up, bringing him to 19 per cent.

The survey found that while millennials strongly favoured Obama a whopping 62 per cent Generation X, baby boomers and the silent generation favoured Reagan.

Partisan differences were eminently tied to a person's answer.

Obama was the first or second pick of 71 per cent of Democrats and only 13 per cent of Republicans.

Reagan was the most popular with Generation X and baby boomers, with 45 per cent and 42 per cent respectively favouring him, whereas only 13 per cent of millennials put him first or second.

According to the survey, a combined 40 per cent of the Republicans or people who lean Republican across all age groups said Trump was one of the top two presidents of their lifetimes though Reagan still wins, with 57 per cent of the votes.

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First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 16:55 IST