The Washington Times - February 21, 2011, 12:48PM

Americans have an overwhelmingly favorable view of George Washington, but very few consider the first president’s birthday as a very important holiday, a new polls shows.

A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 91 percent of American adults hold at least a somewhat favorable opinion of the “Father of Our Country.” But only 9 percent rate Washington’s Birthday, also unofficially known as Presidents Day, as one of America’s most important holidays. Thirty-one percent see it as one of the country’s least important holidays, while 58 percent consider it somewhere in between.


Adults not affiliated with either major party are slightly more inclined to view Presidents Day as one of the nation’s least important holidays. And 28 percent of all American adults say there are already too many federal holidays.

Americans consistently rate Christmas and the Fourth of July — i.e., Independence Day — as the nation’s most important holidays, Rasmussen says.

As for the other iconic president who born in February, a larger number of Americans think Abraham Lincoln had a more lasting impact on U.S. history than Washington — 60 percent to 30 percent, the poll shows.

Ninety-three percent of adults surveyed view the “Great Emancipator” at least somewhat favorably, with 68 percent holding a “very favorable” opinion of Lincoln. Only 4 percent have an unfavorable feeling about him.

Sizable majorities of both Democrats and adults not affiliated with either major political party agree that Lincoln had a more lasting impact on U.S. history, but Republicans are almost evenly divided on the question.