Poll: Bill Clinton most admired recent president

If you had to pick the most admired president of the last 25 years, who would it be?

Bill Clinton was the choice of 42 percent of adults in a poll by the Wall Street Journal, NBC News and the Annenberg Public Policy Center. That was more than double the share for the other recent presidents, including President Obama. The current White House occupant was named most-admired president of the last quarter century by 18 percent of respondents.

Since leaving the White House, Clinton has traveled the world doing a little bit of everything — improving global health, addressing climate change, tackling economic issues — through the foundation he created and acted as "explainer in chief" for Obama.

George W. Bush was the choice of 17% of adults while his father, George H.W. Bush, came in at 16%.

The survey of 1,238 adults was taken June 2-8 and has a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points.


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