NJ’s Favorite President May Surprise You

Bill Clinton (Photo credit: Bob McNeely, The White House)

Bill Clinton is New Jersey’s favorite president, according to a Monmouth University / Asbury Park Press poll (Photo credit: Bob McNeely, The White House)

STATE — The results of a new poll asking New Jersey residents to identify their favorite president may come as a surprise.

Bill Clinton took the top spot in the Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll, with 21 percent picking him. In second place: Ronald Reagan, with 16 percent, followed by President Barack Obama with 14 percent. Abraham Lincoln finished fourth with 12 percent, and John F. Kennedy was fifth with nine percent.  Franklin D. Roosevelt and George Washington each garnered four percent of the vote.

Among Republican state residents, Ronald Reagan is the clear favorite (38 percent) with Lincoln (15 percent) a distant second. Among Democrats, Clinton (33 percent) is tops with Obama (26 percent) making a strong second place showing. Among independents, Clinton (20 percent) just edges out Reagan (17 percent).

“Three years ago, Ronald Reagan garnered the most support of any president in our poll, but he seems to have lost some of that support to the nation’s first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

About 1-in-10 New Jerseyans (11 percent) report that, as a child, they wanted to be president when they grew up. Men (16 percent) are more likely than women (5 percent) to have harbored that dream, but there is little gender distinction when it comes to their own children. Just under half of New Jerseyans say they would like to see a son (46 percent) or daughter (47 percent) grow up to be president. However, men are more likely to encourage that ambition in either a son (53 percent) or daughter (54 percent) than are women – just 39 percent would like to see either a son or daughter become president.

“Perhaps the gender disparity in these results is not because women think they are not up to the job of president, but because they wouldn’t wish the job on anyone – male or female,” said Murray.

The Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll was conducted by telephone with 803 New Jersey adults from February 6 to 10, 2013. This sample has a margin of error of + 3.5 percent. The poll was conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute and originally published by the Asbury Park Press and its sister publications (Courier-Post, Courier News, Daily Journal, Daily Record, and Home News Tribune).

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