Game recognizes game, and more Americans rank forever President Barack Obama higher than any others when they were asked about the president who did the best job in their lifetimes.
According to Pew Research Center, 44% of those polled marked Obama as the best or second best president of their lifetimes, compared to 33% who mentioned Bill Clinton and the 32% who mentioned Ronald Reagan.
Sitting president Donald Trump rounded off the top four with 19% saying that he has done the best or second best job of any president of their lifetimes. However, before the dragging commences, Pew does note that that is similar to how Obama was ranked (20%) in 2011 at a similar time in his presidency.
Of course, people’s views of the “best president of their lifetimes” are tied to their ages and their generation. As such, Millennials are more likely than older generations to tip the hat to Obama, with 62% viewing him as one of the top two, while 46% named in the best.
Older generations, like the Boomers (ages 54 to 72) and the Silent Generation (ages 73-90) name Reagan as the top president, with 42% and 38% respectively.
There is also, naturally, a partisan skew in views of the best president.
Some 57% of Republicans or Republican-leaning respondents viewed Reagan as the best or second best president of their lifetimes, while 40% gave that title to Trump. On the other hand 71% of Democrats or Democratic-leaning respondents viewed Obama as the top choice, with Clinton coming in second at 49%.