Ronald Reagan, who hasn't been president for nearly a quarter of a century, had the best economic approach of any of the past five U.S. leaders, respondents to a Yahoo! Finance poll said.
The Gipper, in fact, was the choice of 52% of the readers who voted in our survey, which ran Friday and had roughly 23,000 responses. Following Reagan, the president for most of the 1980s, was Bill Clinton, whose policies appealed most to 38% of the voters. George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush combined to collect a total of 3% of the vote, while current President Barack Obama was the choice of 7% of the respondents.
Among the other findings, more than half of voters believed that tax rates for U.S. corporations should be cut, while nearly one-third felt that a flat tax should be instituted for individuals of every income bracket.
The survey was the second installment of a three-part economic quiz we're running ahead of the Nov. 6 elections. The results of part one of the survey found that most respondents believed a combination of tax increases and spending reductions would be the best approach to balancing the federal budget.
The polls aren't scientific, but we do want to give readers a chance to offer their thoughts on the economy, using both the questions provided and the comment sections. U.S. finances are critical in the 2012 elections, and voters are just days away from deciding between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
Again, we know the economy matters to you, and we want your take on what Washington should do, or not do, in the months and years ahead. So once you've had a look at the results from part two, take part three of the survey. We'll have those results later in the week.