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Presidential poll: Ronald Reagan's the greatest, Obama the worst

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Former President Ronald Reagan has edged out Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy as the nation's greatest president in over a century, and President Obama was rated the biggest failure by a sizable margin over George W. Bush, Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter, according to a new poll.

The YouGov/Economist rankings just released found that more adults, 32 percent, put "the Gipper" in the “great” category. Of the 1,000 polled, FDR followed at 31 percent and JFK at 30 percent. Just 14 percent rated Obama as great.

Instead, 37 percent graded Obama a “failure,” more than Bush at 32 percent, Nixon at 30 percent and Jimmy Carter at 22 percent.

The survey looked at presidents since Theodore Roosevelt, the first of the 20th century. Those surveyed were asked to rate each president in six categories: great, near great, average, below average, failure, and don’t know.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.