According to a new poll conducted by The Economist and YouGov, Republicans (slightly) prefer President Donald Trump to Abraham Lincoln when it comes to discerning which leader was better. In a survey of 1,500 adults last week, the polling groups asked respondents to judge Lincoln and Trump and determine: “Which Republican president was better?”
75% of all respondents picked Lincoln, but among Republicans, the favorite was the current commander-in-chief: 53% said Trump while 47% said Lincoln.
The Washington Times has more:
Elsewhere in the latest survey respondents were given the names of several Republican presidents and asked to rank them on a scale of one to eight, with one being “best” and eight being “worst.” Nearly one-third of Republicans surveyed – 32% – ranked Mr. Trump as the best, compared to 29% who picked Lincoln and 27% who chose former president Ronald Reagan.
Asked to decide which president was better, Trump or Reagan, 41% of Republicans surveyed picked the current officeholder. The majority – 59% – answered Reagan.
Mr. Trump has previously compared himself to both Lincoln and Reagan while boasting about his support among fellow Republicans.
“Wow, highest Poll Numbers in the history of the Republican Party,” Mr. Trump bragged on Twitter in July 2018. “That includes Honest Abe Lincoln and Ronald Reagan.”
“You know, a poll just came out that I am the most popular person in the history of the Republican Party,” Mr. Trump asserted in an interview that month. “I beat our Honest Abe.”
Frankly, the idea of ranking presidents is among the silliest American pastimes, and the absurdities only grow when you’re putting modern leaders up against presidents from the distant past. There are few similarities between the America of Lincoln’s day and the one where we find Trump calling the shots.
Furthermore, Lincoln’s reputation for greatness (which we aren’t disputing, by the way) comes as much from circumstances as it does from his inherent penchant for leadership. Who can say how Trump would handle a national crisis on the level of the Civil War? Would we even remember Lincoln if he governed in a more “normal” time?
But if a poll like this is good for anything, it certainly works to trigger the libs.
“53% of Republicans apparently don’t even know who Abraham Lincoln was…” tweeted actor Billy Baldwin.
“53% of Republicans who look up when it is raining, will stand there with their mouths open, until they drown,” tweeted John Lurie. “The thing I find most baffling about 53% of Republicans believing Trump is a better president than Lincoln is – how could anyone that stupid figure out how to vote in the poll?”
We’d love to sit down with Baldwin and Lurie and have them tell us five separate facts about Abraham Lincoln that didn’t include “freed the slaves” or “won the Civil War” or “was assassinated.”
Truth is, whether Trump is “better” than Abe Lincoln, George Washington, or Ronald Reagan is irrelevant and unknowable. The important thing is whether or not he’s the right guy for his own time and place. And to our way of looking at it, he is most definitely that.