Bush Comes in Average in New Poll on Presidents by the WSJ/Federalist Society





A new survey sponsored by the Federalist Society and the Wall Street Journal of 130 prominent professors of economics, history, law, and political science, places George W. Bush in the middle of the pack. The survey was conducted in Feb.-March 2005. George W. Bush comes in average (at 19), but ahead of Bill Clinton (22) and Calvin Coolidge (23). GW, Lincoln and FDR are 1, 2, 3. Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, Pierce, Harding and Buchanan are considered failures. Of the postwar presidents three make it into the top 10: Reagan (6), Truman (7), Ike (8).


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Robert Harbison - 9/17/2005

"CLintonista" I meant to type.


Robert Harbison - 9/17/2005

Adding this form of manipulation to the previous problems, it's hard to see what value these results have.
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It has the value of seeing people bend over backwards to 'prove' that Duhya is better than that bad ole Cintonista.


Phil VanderMeer - 9/16/2005

What an extraordinary methodology! The authors contacted "an ideologically balanced group of 130 prominent professors of history, law, political science and economics" -- chosen and identified how?
"Eighty-five scholars responded," an unimpressive response rate of 2/3s, with the response by discipline unstated.
And the responses were "adjusted to give equal weight to Democratic- and Republican-leaning respondents." Adding this form of manipulation to the previous problems, it's hard to see what value these results have.