As the nation celebrates President’s Day, 90% of Americans have a favorable opinion of the nation’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. A ScottRasmussen.com survey also found that 88% have a favorable opinion of our nation’s first president, George Washington.
Lincoln is noted both for the Emancipation Proclamation and for holding the Union together during the Civil War. He was assassinated shortly after the war ended.
Washington led the colonies in their fight for independence and turned down the chance to be king. He could have served as president for life but stepped down after two terms establishing a precedent that lasted a century-and-a-half. That precedent was later enshrined as a Constitutional Amendment.
It turned out to be a good thing that Washington stepped down after two terms because he died just 3 years after leaving office. Had he served another term and died in office, that might have set a far less wholesome precedent of president’s serving for life.
Washington’s birthday was February 22 and Lincoln was born on February 12.
Data released earlier showed that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is viewed favorably by 90%.
Other data shows Thomas Jefferson is viewed favorably 82% and Alexander Hamilton by 66%.
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This national survey of 1,093 Adults was conducted January 14-15, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the demographic profile of our sample). The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
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