Presidents Day poll: New Jerseyans like Reagan, Clinton

Ronald Reagan narrowly edges out Bill Clinton as New Jerseyans’ favorite president, according to a Monmouth University/Gannett poll released this morning.

Overall, 24% of New Jerseyans picked Reagan as their favorite president, while 22% picked Clinton — a difference within the poll’s margin of error.  John F. Kennedy comes in third with 11%, followed by Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama tied in fourth place at 7%, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt in sixth place with 5%. George Washington, whose birthday this holiday was created to commemorate in 1880, is tied with Harry Truman at 3%, while Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush bring up the rear of New Jerseyans’ top 10 a 2% each. 

Neither of the Garden State’s two presidents – Grover Cleveland and Woodrow Wilson – made the list.

If you’re reading this from work today, you’re in the same boat as the majority of state residents.  Just 38% of the state’s workforce gets today off with pay, although 70% of public sector workers do. 

The Monmouth University Polling Institute surveyed 803 adult New Jersey residents between January 27-31, producing a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5%.

Presidents Day poll: New Jerseyans like Reagan, Clinton