President Obama has been struggling to push his agenda through Congress and boost his popularity, but now there is another bit of bad news for him to chew on: A poll indicates that Obama would lose an election to Ronald Reagan, the champion of conservatism, if such a choice were possible today. And it would be a landslide.
Fifty-eight percent of Americans would choose Reagan, according to a survey conducted by Kelton Research for the National Geographic Channel. Reagan, a Republican who won the elections of 1980 and 1984, would even capture 51 percent of voters aged 18 to 34, even though young people were a key constituency for Democrat Obama in 2008 and 2012.
The survey was conducted to promote National Geographic's upcoming mini-series about the 1980s, when Reagan was in the White House.
And it turns out that nostalgia for the Reagan era has taken many forms, even though he had his share of critics when he was president.
Today, 74 percent of Americans say the country was better off during the '80s, and 76 percent say the country was safer and government was better run at that time, according to the survey. People even say that television and music were better back then.
Reagan died in 2004 at the age of 93.
Ken Walsh covers the White House and politics for U.S. News. He writes the daily blog "Ken Walsh's Washington" for usnews.com, and is the author of "The Presidency" column for the U.S. News Weekly. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, and followed on Facebook and Twitter.