Thirty-six percent of those polled said they wanted the Gipper to lead America out of the economic crisis, while 29 percent picked Roosevelt. Thomas Jefferson came in third place with the support of 14 percent of those polled, followed by Roosevelt’s successor Harry Truman at 8 percent.Harry Truman is an interesting choice -- I wonder if that eight percent isn't chiefly drawn from people alive at the time Truman was president, since he isn't a figure who is well known for bringing the nation out of an economic downturn. Reagan v. FDR shows us that a plurality of Americans have their heads in the right place: nearly four in ten understand what is needed. Only about one in three are hoping the government will save them, instead of wanting the government out of the way of private action.
We can't fault the 14 percent who chose Jefferson, as Jefferson would be a good choice at any time. No Andy Jackson, though? No Teddy?