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Which Past US President Is The Best?
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1. Upon entering office, how old would your ideal president be?
Check any or all age groups.
35 to 45 years old
46 to 49 years old
50 to 55 years old
56 to 59 years old
60 to 64 years old
65 years old and older
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2. How much political experience would your ideal president have?
The presidential average in political experience is almost 12 years.
More than average political experience is preferred. There should be no on-the-job training in the Oval Office!
Less than average political experience is preferred. Some experience, yes, but the less exposure to politics, the better.
No political experience, but military leadership at the highest level. The title is Commander-in-chief, after all.
Neither political or military experience. A business background preferred
No preference
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3. Would you like a president who served in America's military?
No, it's not a requirement for the job.
Yes, having military experience is a sobering influence when deciding matters of peace and war.
No preference
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4. How much education would your ideal president have?
Note: schooling was more informal and less accessible in early America. Public high schools and colleges were rare to non-existent. Check any, all or none.
Self taught. Some of these autodidacts became lawyers and well-educated without the benefit of schooling.
Graduated from high school.
Attended college.
Graduated from college.
Attended graduate school
Graduated from grad school.
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5. What should a good a president do domestically?
More domestic accomplishments preferred. A good president should be an activist.
Fewer domestic accomplishments preferred. "Accomplishments" means more laws passed.
No preference
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6. Which side of the confidence level scale is your ideal president?
Researchers found that, on average, presidents are more narcissistic than the average American. Moreover, the level of grandiose narcissism in presidents has increased in recent decades.
The more humble, the better.
The more confident, the better.
No preference
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7. What about presidential height?
Taller presidents preferred. They command more respect.
Shorter presidents preferred. They can relate better to the "little guy".
No preference
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8. Problem solving approach. Which do you prefer?
More philosophical presidents preferred. It's a plus for a president to be curious, inquisitive and broadminded when looking for solutions.
More pragmatic presidents preferred. There is a danger of succumbing to paralysis by analysis.
No preference
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9. Which of these qualities and traits should a good president have?
Check any, all or none.
Good in a crisis situation.
Good manager.
Enthusiastic, spirited, vivacious, and zestful.
Good communicator.
Inscrutable, complex and deep
Good decision makers even under adversity.
Moral authority. Command respect by virtue of their conduct and character.
Dominating and demanding of others; not afraid to use flattery or manipulation to accomplish goals.
Willing to take risks.
Good with a budget.
Imaginative.
Self-motivated and industrious.
Open, warm and self-disclosing.
Persuasive.
Good at avoiding crucial mistakes.
Uninhibited, unrestrained, and unpredictable.
Focused, persistent and tenacious.
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10. Presidential relations with Congress?
I prefer presidents who have good relations with Congress.
I prefer a fighter who isn't afraid to take on Congress...even if it leads to leads to strained relationships.
No preference
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11. International relations?
I like a president who is good at world affairs.
American first! I don't need a president who is worried about what foreigners think.
No preference
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12. Vision: Setting an agenda?
I like a president is good at setting a vision and establishing an agenda.
Vision, shmision! Presidents with an agenda are generally trouble.
No preference
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13. Should the president be a compromiser?
Yes, the ability to compromise and adapt is an asset.
No, a president should not compromise. It's better to stick to one's guns than make concessions.
No preference
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14. Should the president pursue social equality?
Yes, a president should pursue equal justice for all.
No, I prefer a president who isn't a social engineer.
No preference
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15. Should the president be charismatic?
Yes, a president should have that force of personality and charm that inspires people.
No. Charisma can be dangerous as it is emotionally manipulating.
No preference
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