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Lincoln Could Win the Election: He Covers Time, Newsweek and Poll Shows 67% of Americans Want Him Back in Office

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 25, 2012 at 2:39PM

Abraham Lincoln is most certainly the past president of the moment. He's the subject of Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" (November 9), he's on the covers of both Time (October 25) and Newsweek (October 18), and a new poll conducted by the History Channel found Honest Abe to be the commander in chief 67% of Americans would want to see back in office.
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Abraham Lincoln on the October 18, 2012, Newsweek cover
Abraham Lincoln on the October 18, 2012, Newsweek cover
Non U.S. Time Covers Feature Daniel Day Lewis in 'Lincoln'
Non U.S. Time Covers Feature Daniel Day Lewis in 'Lincoln'

Abraham Lincoln is most certainly the past president of the moment. He's the subject of Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" (November 9), he's on the covers of both Time (October 25) and Newsweek (October 18), and a new poll conducted by the History Channel found Honest Abe to be the commander in chief 67% of Americans would want to see back in office.

To coincide with its upcoming mini-series "Mankind the Story of All of Us," narrated by Josh Brolin and debuting on November 13, the History Channel conducted a survey of adults across the country to see which historical figure would be their president of preference. Responses were not limited to former heads of state. While Lincoln received the majority of votes with 67%, Winston Churchill took 15% and Alexander the Great got 8%.
 
Despite Lincoln's win, he is not considered the ideal date. Forty-eight percent of Americans would most want to go to dinner with George Washington.

This article is related to: Time magazine, Newsweek, Politics, News


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.