Just in time for President's Day, a new poll shows Bill Clinton topping New Jersey residents' list of favorite presidents.
In a Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press survey, 22 percent of New Jerseyans named Clinton as their all-time favorite president. Coming in at number two is Ronald Reagan, who topped 16 percent of respondents' lists, dropping from 24 percent in 2010.
“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,” poll director Patrick Murray writes.
Rounding out the top five are President Obama with 14 percent, Lincoln with 12 percent, and John F. Kennedy with nine percent. According to the poll data, Lincoln was the only president to garner strong support from both Republicans and Democrats.
George Washington and Franklin D. Roosevelt each ended up with four percent of the vote.
Among Clinton's biggest fans are New Jersey's youngest adults. The poll found that 32 percent of respondents ages 18-34 named the Arkansas Democrat as their favorite, compared to just 11 percent of adults ages 55 and older.
The poll surveyed 803 New Jersey adults earlier this month.
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