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political studies Political science is the scientific study of politics. It is a social science dealing with systems of governance Governance comprises all of the processes of governing – whether undertaken by the government of a state (polity), state, by a ...
, surveys have been conducted in order to construct historical rankings of the success of the
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. Ranking systems are usually based on surveys of academic
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s and
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s or popular opinion. The scholarly rankings focus on presidential achievements, leadership qualities, failures and faults. Popular-opinion polls typically focus on recent or well-known presidents.


General findings

Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln (; February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th from 1861 until in 1865. Lincoln led the nation through the , the country's greatest moral, cultural, constitutional, and ...

Abraham Lincoln
,
Franklin D. Roosevelt Franklin Delano Roosevelt (, ; January 30, 1882April 12, 1945), often referred to by his initials FDR, was an American politician who served as the 32nd president of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945. A member of the De ...

Franklin D. Roosevelt
, and
George Washington George Washington (February 22, 1732, 1799) was an American soldier, statesman, and Founding Fathers of the United States, Founding Father who served as the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797. Appointed by the Continenta ...

George Washington
are most often listed as the three highest-rated presidents among historians. More recent presidents such as
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Ronald Reagan
and
Bill Clinton William Jefferson Clinton (; born August 19, 1946) is an American politician and attorney who served as the 42nd president of the United States The president of the United States (POTUS) is the head of state and head of government of ...

Bill Clinton
are often rated among the greatest in public opinion polls, but generally do not rank as highly among presidential scholars and historians. Because
William Henry Harrison William Henry Harrison (February 9, 1773April 4, 1841) was an American military officer and politician who served as the 9th president of the United States in 1841. Harrison died just 31 days after his inauguration, and had the shortest presi ...

William Henry Harrison
(31 days) and
James A. Garfield James Abram Garfield (November 19, 1831September 19, 1881) was the 20th president of the United States, serving from March to September 1881. Garfield was shot by an assassin four months into his presidency and died two months later. He is the ...

James A. Garfield
(200 days, incapacitated after 119 days) both died shortly after taking office, they are often omitted from presidential rankings. Zachary Taylor died after serving as president for only 16 months, but he is usually included. In the case of these three, it is not clear whether they received low rankings due to their actions as president or because each was in office for such a limited time that he did not accomplish much. Political scientist Walter Dean Burnham noted the "dichotomous or schizoid profiles" of presidents, which can make some hard to classify. Historian
Alan Brinkley Alan Brinkley (June 2, 1949 – June 16, 2019) was an American political historian who taught for over 20 years at Columbia University. He was the Allan Nevins Professor of History until his death. From 2003 to 2009, he was University Provost (educ ...
stated that "there are presidents who could be considered both failures and great or near great (for example,
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Nixon
)". Historian and political scientist
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observed of Nixon: "How can one evaluate such an idiosyncratic president, so brilliant and so morally lacking?" It's also not clear that the absolute rankings mean much, especially for the middling presidents. Gerard Baker, US editor for ''
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'', writes, "the 42 American presidents fall into a well-established, Bell-curve or normal distribution on a chart – a handful of outstanding ones, a handful of duds, and a lot of so-sos. I couldn't, in all honesty therefore, really say that number 13 on the list is that much better than number 30."Jeremy Griffin & Nico Hines (2018) Who's the greatest? The Times US presidential rankings. ''The Times'', Tuesday October 28.


Notable scholar surveys

A 1948 poll was conducted by historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Sr. of
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. A 1962 survey was also conducted by Schlesinger, who surveyed 75 historians.Schlesinger, Arthur M. "Our Presidents: A Rating by 75 Historians". ''The New York Times''. July 1962. pp. 12–13, 40–41, 43. Schlesinger's son, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., conducted another poll in 1996. ''The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents'' also gives the results of the 1982 survey, a poll of 49 historians conducted by the ''
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''. A notable difference from the 1962 Schlesinger poll was the ranking of Dwight D. Eisenhower, which rose from 22nd in 1962 to 9th in 1982. The 1996 column shows the results from a poll conducted from 1988 to 1996 by William J. Ridings Jr. and Stuart B. McIver and published in ''Rating The Presidents: A Ranking of U.S. Leaders, from the Great and Honorable to the Dishonest and Incompetent''.''Rating the Presidents: A Ranking of U.S. leaders, from the Great and Honorable to the Dishonest and Incompetent''
2000. .
More than 719 people took part in the poll, primarily academic historians and political scientists, although some politicians and celebrities also took part. Participants from every state were included and emphasis was placed upon getting input from female historians and "specialists in
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" as well as a few non-American historians. Poll respondents rated the presidents in five categories (leadership qualities, accomplishments, crisis management, political skill, appointments, and character and integrity) and the results were tabulated to create the overall ranking. A 2000 survey by ''
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The Wall Street Journal
'' consisted of an "ideologically balanced group of 132 prominent professors of history, law, and political science". This poll sought to include an equal number of
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and
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in the survey as the editors argued that previous polls were dominated by either one group or the other. According to the editors, this poll included responses from more women, minorities, and young professors than the 1996 Schlesinger poll. The editors noted that the results of their poll were "remarkably similar" to the 1996 Schlesinger poll, with the main difference in the 2000 poll being the lower rankings for the 1960s presidents
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Lyndon B. Johnson
and John F. Kennedy and higher ranking of President Ronald Reagan at 8th. Franklin D. Roosevelt still ranked in the top three. Another presidential poll was conducted by ''The Wall Street Journal'' in 2005, with
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of
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for the
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. As in the 2000 survey, the editors sought to balance the opinions of liberals and conservatives, adjusting the results "to give Democratic- and Republican-leaning scholars equal weight". Franklin D. Roosevelt still ranked in the top three, but editor
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noted that Democratic-leaning scholars rated George W. Bush the sixth-worst president of all time while Republican scholars rated him the sixth-best, giving him a split-decision rating of "average". The Siena College Research Institute has conducted surveys in 1982, 1990, 1994, 2002, 2010, and 2018—during the second year of the first term of each president since Ronald Reagan. These surveys collect presidential rankings from historians, political scientists, and presidential scholars in a range of attributes, abilities, and accomplishments. The 1994 survey placed only two presidents, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, above 80 points and two presidents, Andrew Johnson and Warren G. Harding, below 50 points. A 2006 Siena College poll of 744 professors reported the following results:"Experts: Bush Presidency Is A Failure; Little Chance To Improve Ranking"
. ''Siena Research Institute''. May 1, 2006.
* "George W. Bush has just finished five years as President. If today were the last day of his presidency, how would you rank him? The responses were: Great: 2%; Near Great: 5%; Average: 11%; Below Average: 24%; Failure: 58%" * "In your judgment, do you think he has a realistic chance of improving his rating?" Two-thirds (67%) responded no; less than a quarter (23%) responded yes; and 10% chose "no opinion or not applicable" Thomas Kelly, professor emeritus of American studies at Siena College, said: "President Bush would seem to have small hope for high marks from the current generation of practicing historians and political scientists. In this case, current public opinion polls actually seem to cut the President more slack than the experts do". Douglas Lonnstrom, Siena College professor of statistics and director of the Siena Research Institute, stated: "In our 2002 presidential rating, with a group of experts comparable to this current poll, President Bush ranked 23rd of 42 presidents. That was shortly after 9/11. Clearly, the professors do not think things have gone well for him in the past few years. These are the experts that teach college students today and will write the history of this era tomorrow". In 2008, ''
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'' daily newspaper of London asked eight of its own "top international and political commentators" to rank all 42 presidents "in order of greatness". The
C-SPAN Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network (C-SPAN ) is an American cable and satellite television network that was created in 1979 by the cable television industry as a nonprofit public service. It televises many proceedings of the United States f ...
Survey of Presidential Leadership consists of rankings from a group of presidential historians and biographers. The C-SPAN Survey of Presidential Leadership has taken place four times: in 2000, 2009, 2017, and 2021."C-SPAN Releases Third Historians Survey of Presidential Leadership"
C-SPAN. February 17, 2017.
The most recent survey was of 142 presidential historians, surveyed by C-SPAN's Academic Advisor Team, made up of Douglas G. Brinkley,
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, Richard Norton Smith, and
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. In the survey, each historian rates each president on a scale of one ("not effective") to 10 ("very effective") on presidential leadership in ten categories: Public Persuasion, Crisis Leadership, Economic Management, Moral Authority, International Relations, Administrative Skills, Relations with Congress, Vision/Setting An Agenda, Pursued Equal Justice for All and Performance Within the Context of His Times—with each category equally weighed. The results of all four C-SPAN surveys have been fairly consistent. Abraham Lincoln has taken the highest ranking in each survey and George Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Theodore Roosevelt have always ranked in the top five while James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, and Franklin Pierce have been ranked at the bottom of all four surveys. The 2010 Siena poll of 238 presidential scholars found that former president George W. Bush was ranked 39th out of 43, with poor ratings in handling of the economy, communication, ability to compromise, foreign policy accomplishments, and intelligence. Meanwhile, the then-current president
Barack Obama Barack Hussein Obama II ( ; born August 4, 1961) is an American politician and attorney who served as the 44th from 2009 to 2017. A member of the , Obama was the first African-American president of the United States. He previously serv ...

Barack Obama
was ranked 15th out of 43, with high ratings for imagination, communication ability, and intelligence and a low rating for background (family, education, and experience)."Rushmore Plus One; FDR joins Mountainside Figures Washington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Lincoln as Top Presidents"
. Siena Research Institute. July 1, 2010.
In 2011, through the agency of its United States Presidency Centre (USPC), the
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(located in the
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's School of Advanced Study) released the first ever United Kingdom academic survey to rate presidents. This polled the opinion of British specialists in American history and politics to assess presidential performance. They also gave an interim assessment of Barack Obama, but his unfinished presidency was not included in the survey. (Had he been included, he would have attained eighth place overall.)Iwan Morgan
"UK Survey of US Presidents: Results and Analysis"
Retrieved October 10, 2013.
In 2012, ''
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'' magazine asked a panel of historians to rank the ten best presidents since 1900. The results showed that historians had ranked Franklin D. Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson, Woodrow Wilson, Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, and Barack Obama as the best since that year. A 2013
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poll of 203 American historians, when asked to rate Obama's presidency on an A–F scale, gave him a B- grade. Obama, whom historians graded using 15 separate measures plus an overall grade, was rated most highly in the categories of communication ability, integrity, and crisis management; and most poorly for his relationship with Congress, transparency, and accountability. A 2015 poll administered by the
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(APSA) among political scientists specializing in the American presidency had Abraham Lincoln in the top spot, with George Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bill Clinton, Andrew Jackson, and Woodrow Wilson making the top 10. APSA conducted a repeat of this poll in 2018, with Donald Trump appearing for the first time, in last position. A 2016 survey of 71 British specialists by the Presidential History Network produced similar results to the 2011 USPC survey, with Barack Obama placed in the first quartile. The 2018 Siena poll of 157 presidential scholars reported George Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson as the top five US presidents, with
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director Don Levy stating, "The top five, Mount Rushmore plus FDR, is carved in granite with presidential historians...." Donald Trump—entering the SCRI survey for the first time—joined Andrew Johnson, James Buchanan, Warren G. Harding, and Franklin Pierce among the bottom five US presidents. George W. Bush, whom presidential scholars had rated among the bottom five in the previous 2010 survey, improved in position to the bottom of the third quartile. A 2021 C-SPAN poll continued a recent rehabilitation of Ulysses Grant, with Bush improving yet again, Obama remaining high and Trump near the bottom.


Scholar survey summary

;Within each column: : Blue  backgrounds indicate first quartile.Quartiles were determined by splitting the data into an upper and lower half and then splitting these into the first two and last two quartiles, respectively. When splitting an odd number of values, the
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is colored  Yellow-green.
: Green  backgrounds indicate second quartile. : Yellow  backgrounds indicate third quartile. : Orange  backgrounds indicate fourth quartile. Note: click the "sort" icon at the head of each column to view the rankings for each survey in numerical order.


Murray–Blessing 1982 survey

The Murray–Blessing 1982 survey asked historians whether they were liberal or conservative on domestic, social, and economic issues. The table below shows that the two groups had only small differences in ranking the best and worst presidents. Both groups agreed on the composition of nine of the top ten presidents (and were split over the inclusion of either Lyndon B. Johnson or Dwight D. Eisenhower) and six of the worst seven (split over
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Jimmy Carter
or
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Calvin Coolidge
).


Siena College Research Institute, Presidential Expert Poll of 2010

;Abbreviations :Bg = Background :PL = Party leadership :CAb = Communication ability :RC = Relations with Congress :CAp = Court appointments :HE = Handling of economy :L = Luck :AC = Ability to compromise :WR = Willing to take risks :EAp = Executive appointments :OA = Overall ability :Im = Imagination :DA = Domestic accomplishments :Int = Integrity :EAb = Executive ability :FPA = Foreign policy accomplishments :LA = Leadership ability :IQ = Intelligence :AM = Avoid crucial mistakes :EV = Experts' view :O = Overall : Blue  backgrounds indicate first quartile. : Green  backgrounds indicate second quartile.Because this survey covers an odd number of presidents, the median ranking is colored an intermediate  yellow-green. : Yellow  backgrounds indicate third quartile. : Orange  backgrounds indicate fourth quartile. Source:


2011 USPC UK Survey of US Presidents

In September/October 2010, the United States Presidency Centre (USPC) of the
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at the
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surveyed 47 British specialists on American history and politics. Presidents were rated from 1 to 10 in five categories: #vision/agenda-setting – "did the president have the clarity of vision to establish overarching goals for his administration and shape the terms of policy discourse?" #domestic leadership – "did the president display the political skill needed to achieve his domestic objectives and respond effectively to unforeseen developments?" #foreign policy leadership – "was the president an effective leader in promoting US foreign policy interests and national security?" #moral authority – "did the president uphold the moral authority of his office through his character, values, and conduct?" #positive historical significance of legacy – "did the president's legacy have positive benefits for America's development over time?" William Henry Harrison (1841) and James Garfield (1881) were not rated because they died shortly after taking office. Barack Obama (2009–) ranked 8th in interim ranking as of January 2011, but was not counted in the final results (and thus did not affect the rankings of other presidents) because he had yet to complete a term. Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933–1945) came in first overall and in the categories of vision/agenda, domestic leadership, and foreign policy leadership. Washington came in first for moral authority; Lincoln for his legacy. Morgan believes it is likely that Roosevelt's ranking (which only marginally surpassed Lincoln's) rose because the poll was conducted during the worst economic troubles since the 1930s. Of presidents since 1960, only Ronald Reagan and (in interim results) Barack Obama placed in the top ten; Obama was the highest-ranked president since Harry Truman (1945–1953). Most of the other recent presidents held middling positions, though George W. Bush placed in the bottom ten, the lowest-ranked president since Warren Harding (1921–1923). Lyndon Johnson (1963–1969) "would have been placed much higher in recognition of his civil rights achievement but for the corrosive effect of Vietnam on his foreign policy and moral authority scores." As with US polls, the bottom five (other than Harding) were president before and after the Civil War. One of the more significant differences from American polls is the relatively low ranking of John F. Kennedy (1961–1963), who placed fifteenth. British academics "seemingly faulted JFK for the gap between his rhetoric and his substantive achievements as president." ;Abbreviations :VSA = Vision/Setting an agenda :DL = Domestic leadership :FPL = Foreign-policy leadership :MA = Moral authority :HL = Historical legacy (positive significance of) :O = Overall : Blue  backgrounds indicate first quartile. : Green  backgrounds indicate second quartile. : Yellow  backgrounds indicate third quartile. : Orange  backgrounds indicate fourth quartile. Each category is ranked according to its averaged numerical score (in parentheses). Source:


2016 PHN UK Survey of U.S. Presidents

In 2016, the Presidential History Network surveyed 71 named British and Irish specialists. The questions were the same as in the USPC survey, which was directed by some of the same people. Some respondents didn't rate presidents that they were not familiar with. The minimum number of responses (62) were for the rather obscure and inconsequential presidents Hayes, Arthur, Cleveland, and Benjamin Harrison. 69–70 rated all recent presidents, from FDR on. ;Abbreviations :VSA = Vision/Setting an agenda :DL = Domestic leadership :FPL = Foreign-policy leadership :MA = Moral authority :HL = Historical legacy (positive significance of) :O = Overall : Blue  backgrounds indicate first quartile. : Green  backgrounds indicate second quartile. : Yellow  backgrounds indicate third quartile. : Orange  backgrounds indicate fourth quartile. Each category is ranked according to its averaged numerical score. Source:


2017 C-SPAN Presidential Historians Survey

;Abbreviations :PP = Public persuasion :CL = Crisis leadership :EM = Economic management :MA = Moral authority :IR = International relations :AS = Administrative skills :RC = Relations with Congress :VSA = Vision/Setting an agenda :PEJ = Pursued equal justice for all :PCT = Performance within context of times :O = Overall : Blue  backgrounds indicate first quartile. : Green  backgrounds indicate second quartile. : Yellow  backgrounds indicate third quartile. : Orange  backgrounds indicate fourth quartile. Source:


Siena College Research Institute, Presidential Expert Poll of 2018

On February 13, 2019, Siena released its sixth presidential poll. The poll was initiated in 1982 and occurs one year into the term of each new president. It is currently a survey of 157 presidential scholars across a range of leadership parameters. The ranking awarded the top five spots to George Washington, Franklin Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson, in keeping with prior surveys. Washington had been ranked fourth in all previous surveys, and Franklin Roosevelt first. (Note that the numbers below do not match the source where there are ties in the rankings. They have instead been counted as ties are in other polls (e.g. 26, 27, 27, 27, ''30'' rather than 26, 27, 27, 27, ''28''), so that all categories span the range 1–44.) ;Abbreviations :Bg = Background :Im = Imagination :Int = Integrity :IQ = Intelligence :L = Luck :WR = Willing to take risks :AC = Ability to compromise :EAb = Executive ability :LA = Leadership ability :CAb = Communication ability :OA = Overall ability :PL = Party leadership :RC = Relations with Congress :CAp = Court appointments :HE = Handling of economy :EAp = Executive appointments :DA = Domestic accomplishments :FPA = Foreign policy accomplishments :AM = Avoid crucial mistakes :EV = Experts' view :O = Overall : Blue  backgrounds indicate first quartile. : Green  backgrounds indicate second quartile. : Yellow  backgrounds indicate third quartile. : Orange  backgrounds indicate fourth quartile.


2021 C-SPAN Presidential Historians Survey

;Abbreviations :PP = Public persuasion :CL = Crisis leadership :EM = Economic management :MA = Moral authority :IR = International relations :AS = Administrative skills :RC = Relations with Congress :VSA = Vision/Setting an agenda :PEJ = Pursued equal justice for all :PCT = Performance within context of times :O = Overall : Blue  backgrounds indicate first quartile. : Green  backgrounds indicate second quartile. : Yellow  backgrounds indicate third quartile. : Orange  backgrounds indicate fourth quartile. Source:


Scholar surveys of diversity and racism


''American Politics and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom'' polls (2002–2020)

Professors Hanes Walton Jr. and Robert Smith conducted a poll in 2002 for their book ''American Politics and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom'', where 44 African-American political scientists and historians ranked presidents for their personal and institutional racism against their policies to counter racial subordination. The polls have been updated for subsequent editions of the book. The results (through Donald Trump) were as follows. Note that "white supremacist" refers to personal ''belief''; the other categories refer to policy.Hanes Walton Jr & Robert C. Smith, eds. (2008) ''American Politics and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom''. Pearson Longman. 4th edition.


Northwestern Presidential Leadership on Diversity and Inclusion Survey (2019)

In May 2019, Dr. Alvin Tillery of the Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy at
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Northwestern University
and Dr. Christina Greer of
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"conducted a poll of 113 academic researchers and asked them to rate the 14 modern presidents on both their overall leadership and rhetoric on diversity and inclusion using a scale ranging from 0 to 100." Survey respondents were significantly more
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than the national average, "with only 13 percent of the respondents describing themselves as either moderate, slightly conservative, or conservative."


Public opinion polls


2010 Gallup poll

A Gallup poll taken on November 19–21, 2010, asked 1,037 Americans to say, based on what they know or remember about the nine most recent former presidents, whether they approve or disapprove of how each handled his job in office. # John F. Kennedy (85% approval/10% disapproval) # Ronald Reagan (74% approval/24% disapproval) # Bill Clinton (69% approval/30% disapproval) # George H. W. Bush (64% approval/34% disapproval) # Gerald Ford (61% approval/26% disapproval) # Jimmy Carter (52% approval/42% disapproval) # Lyndon B. Johnson (49% approval/36% disapproval) # George W. Bush (47% approval/51% disapproval) # Richard Nixon (29% approval/65% disapproval)


2011 Gallup poll

A Gallup poll about presidential greatness taken February 2–5, 2011, asked 1,015 American adults the following question: "Who do you regard as the greatest United States president?" # Ronald Reagan (19%) # Abraham Lincoln (14%) # Bill Clinton (13%) # John F. Kennedy (11%) # George Washington (10%) # Franklin Roosevelt (8%) # Barack Obama (5%) # Theodore Roosevelt (3%) # Harry S. Truman (3%) # George W. Bush (2%) # Thomas Jefferson (2%) # Jimmy Carter (1%) # Dwight Eisenhower (1%) # George H. W. Bush (1%) # Andrew Jackson (<0.5%) # Lyndon B. Johnson (<0.5%) # Richard Nixon (<0.5%) In addition, "Other" received 1%, "None" received 1% and "No opinion" received 5%.


Public Policy Polling

A
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poll taken between September 8–11, 2011, asked 665 American voters, based on what they know or remember about the nine then-most recent former presidents, whether they hold favorable or unfavorable views of how each handled his job in office. # John F. Kennedy (74% favorability/15% unfavorability) # Ronald Reagan (60% favorability/30% unfavorability) # Bill Clinton (62% favorability/34% unfavorability) # George H. W. Bush (53% favorability/35% unfavorability) # Gerald Ford (45% favorability/26% unfavorability) # Jimmy Carter (45% favorability/43% unfavorability) # Lyndon B. Johnson (36% favorability/39% unfavorability) # George W. Bush (41% favorability/51% unfavorability) # Richard Nixon (19% favorability/62% unfavorability)


Vision Critical/Angus Reid poll

A Vision Critical/
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poll taken on February 18–19, 2011, asked 1,010 respondents about 11 former presidents plus the current president and whether each was a good or bad president. # John F. Kennedy (80% approval/6% disapproval) # Ronald Reagan (72% approval/16% disapproval) # Bill Clinton (65% approval/24% disapproval) # Dwight D. Eisenhower (61% approval/6% disapproval) # Harry S. Truman (57% approval/7% disapproval) # Jimmy Carter (47% approval/28% disapproval) # George H. W. Bush (44% approval/38% disapproval) # Barack Obama (41% approval/33% disapproval) # Gerald Ford (37% approval/25% disapproval) # Lyndon B. Johnson (33% approval/27% disapproval) # George W. Bush (30% approval/55% disapproval) # Richard Nixon (24% approval/54% disapproval)


2013 Gallup poll

A Gallup poll taken November 7–10, 2013, asked 1,039 American adults the following question: "How do you think each of the following presidents will go down in history—as an outstanding president, above average, average, below average, or poor?".


2014 Quinnipiac poll

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poll taken June 24–30, 2014, asked 1,446 American registered voters who they believed were the best and worst presidents since
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2017 Quinnipiac poll

Four years later, a Quinnipiac University poll taken January 20–25, 2017, asked 1,190 American voters who they believed were the best and worst presidents since World War II.


2017 Morning Consult poll

Including President Donald Trump for the first time, a
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poll taken February 9–10, 2017, asked 1,791 American registered voters who they believed were the best and worst presidents since World War II.


2018 Quinnipiac poll

A Quinnipiac University poll taken March 3–5, 2018, asked 1,122 American voters who they believed were the best and worst presidents since World War II.


2021 Gallup poll

A Gallup poll taken January 4–15, 2021, asked 1,023 American adults the following question: "How do you think each of the following presidents will go down in history—as an outstanding president, above average, average, below average, or poor?"


Memorability of the presidents

In November 2014, Henry L. Roediger III and K. Andrew DeSoto published a study in the journal ''
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'' asking research subjects to name as many presidents as possible. They reported data from three generations as well as from an online survey conducted . The percentage of participants in the online survey sample who could name each president was the following: #
Barack Obama Barack Hussein Obama II ( ; born August 4, 1961) is an American politician and attorney who served as the 44th from 2009 to 2017. A member of the , Obama was the first African-American president of the United States. He previously serv ...

Barack Obama
(100%) #
Bill Clinton William Jefferson Clinton (; born August 19, 1946) is an American politician and attorney who served as the 42nd president of the United States The president of the United States (POTUS) is the head of state and head of government of ...

Bill Clinton
(96%) #
George W. Bush George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is an American politician and businessman who served as the 43rd president of the United States The president of the United States (POTUS) is the head of state and head of government of the Unit ...

George W. Bush
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George H. W. Bush
(95%) #
George Washington George Washington (February 22, 1732, 1799) was an American soldier, statesman, and Founding Fathers of the United States, Founding Father who served as the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797. Appointed by the Continenta ...

George Washington
(94%) #
Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln (; February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th from 1861 until in 1865. Lincoln led the nation through the , the country's greatest moral, cultural, constitutional, and ...

Abraham Lincoln
(88%) #
John F. Kennedy John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States The president of the United States (POTUS) is the ...

John F. Kennedy
(83%) #
Richard Nixon Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913April 22, 1994) was the 37th president of the United States The president of the United States (POTUS) is the and of the . The president directs the of the and is the of the . The power o ...

Richard Nixon
(82%) #
Jimmy Carter James Earl Carter Jr. (born October 1, 1924) is an American politician, businessman, and philanthropist who served as the 39th president of the United States from 1977 to 1981. A member of the Democratic Party (United States), Democratic Par ...

Jimmy Carter
(79%) #
Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826) was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, architect, philosopher, and who served as the third from 1801 to 1809. He had previously served as the second under and as the first under ...

Thomas Jefferson
(72%) #
Ronald Reagan Ronald Wilson Reagan ( ; February 6, 1911June 5, 2004) was an American politician who served as the 40th president of the United States The president of the United States (POTUS) is the head of state and head of government of the Un ...

Ronald Reagan
(66%) #
Gerald Ford Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. ( ; born Leslie Lynch King Jr.; July 14, 1913December 26, 2006) was an American politician who served as the 38th president of the United States The president of the United States (POTUS) is the head of state an ...

Gerald Ford
(62%) #
Franklin D. Roosevelt Franklin Delano Roosevelt (, ; January 30, 1882April 12, 1945), often referred to by his initials FDR, was an American politician who served as the 32nd president of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945. A member of the De ...

Franklin D. Roosevelt
or
Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt Jr. ( ; October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919), often referred to as Teddy or his initials T. R., was an American politician, statesman, conservationist, naturalist, historian, and writer who served as the 26th president of ...

Theodore Roosevelt
(60%) #
John Adams John Adams (October 30, 1735 – July 4, 1826) was an American statesman, attorney, diplomat A diplomat (from grc, δίπλωμα; romanized Romanization or romanisation, in linguistics Linguistics is the science, scientific stud ...

John Adams
or
John Quincy Adams John Quincy Adams (; July 11, 1767 – February 23, 1848) was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, and diarist who served as the sixth president of the United States The president of the United States (POTUS) is the head of state ...

John Quincy Adams
(56%) #
Dwight D. Eisenhower Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower (; October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) was an American military officer An officer is a member of an armed forces or uniformed service who holds a position of authority. In its broadest sense, the term " ...
(54%) #
Harry S. Truman Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884December 26, 1972) was the 33rd president of the United States The president of the United States (POTUS) is the head of state and head of government of the United States of America. The president directs the ...

Harry S. Truman
(50%) #
Andrew Jackson Andrew Jackson (March 15, 1767 – June 8, 1845) was an American lawyer, soldier, and statesman who served as the seventh from 1829 to 1837. Before being elected to the presidency, Jackson gained fame as a general in the and served in ...

Andrew Jackson
(47%) #
Herbert Hoover Herbert Clark Hoover (August 10, 1874 – October 20, 1964) was an American politician and engineer who served as the 31st from 1929 to 1933 and a member of the , holding office during the onset of the . Before serving as president, Hoover l ...

Herbert Hoover
(42%) #
Andrew Johnson Andrew Johnson (December 29, 1808 July 31, 1875) was the 17th president of the United States, serving from 1865 to 1869. He assumed the presidency as he was vice president at the time of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln Abraham L ...

Andrew Johnson
or
Lyndon B. Johnson Lyndon Baines Johnson (; August 27, 1908January 22, 1973), often referred to by his initials LBJ, was the 36th president of the United States The president of the United States (POTUS) is the head of state and head of government of the ...

Lyndon B. Johnson
(41%) #
William Howard Taft William Howard Taft (September 15, 1857March 8, 1930) was the 27th president of the United States The president of the United States (POTUS) is the and of the . The president directs the of the and is the of the . The power of ...

William Howard Taft
(39%) #
James Madison James Madison Jr. (March 16, 1751June 28, 1836) was an American statesman, diplomat, expansionist, philosopher, and Founding Father The following list of national founding figures is a record, by country, of people who were credited wi ...

James Madison
(38%) #
Ulysses S. Grant Ulysses S. Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant; ; April 27, 1822July 23, 1885) was an American military leader who served as the 18th president of the United States The president of the United States (POTUS) is the head of state and he ...

Ulysses S. Grant
(38%) #
James Monroe James Monroe (; April 28, 1758July 4, 1831) was an American statesman, lawyer, diplomat and Founding Father The following list of national founding figures is a record, by country, of people who were credited with establishing a state. ...
(30%) #
Woodrow Wilson Thomas Woodrow Wilson (December 28, 1856February 3, 1924) was an American politician and academic who served as the 28th from 1913 to 1921. A member of the , Wilson served as the and as the before winning the . As President, Wilson chang ...

Woodrow Wilson
(29%) #
Calvin Coolidge Calvin Coolidge (born John Calvin Coolidge Jr.; ; July 4, 1872 – January 5, 1933) was an was an American lawyer and politician, who became the 30th president of the United States The president of the United States (POTUS) is the head ...

Calvin Coolidge
(22%) #
James A. Garfield James Abram Garfield (November 19, 1831September 19, 1881) was the 20th president of the United States, serving from March to September 1881. Garfield was shot by an assassin four months into his presidency and died two months later. He is the ...

James A. Garfield
(19%) #
James K. Polk James Knox Polk (November 2, 1795 – June 15, 1849) was the 11th president of the United States, serving from 1845 to 1849. He previously was Speaker of the House of Representatives (1835–1839) and Governor of Tennessee (1839–1841). ...

James K. Polk
(17%) # (16%) #
William McKinley William McKinley (January 29, 1843September 14, 1901) was the 25th president of the United States The president of the United States (POTUS) is the and of the . The president directs the of the and is the of the . The power of ...
(15%) #
John Tyler John Tyler (March 29, 1790January 18, 1862) was the 10th president of the United States The president of the United States (POTUS) is the head of state and head of government of the United States of America. The president directs the F ...

John Tyler
(12%) #
James Buchanan James Buchanan Jr. ( ; April 23, 1791June 1, 1868) was an American lawyer and politician who served as the 15th president of the United States The president of the United States (POTUS) is the and of the . The president directs the ...

James Buchanan
(12%) #
Grover Cleveland Stephen Grover Cleveland (March 18, 1837June 24, 1908) was an American lawyer and politician who served as the 22nd and 24th president of the United States from 1885 to 1889 and from 1893 to 1897. Cleveland is the only president in American ...

Grover Cleveland
(11%) #
William Henry Harrison William Henry Harrison (February 9, 1773April 4, 1841) was an American military officer and politician who served as the 9th president of the United States in 1841. Harrison died just 31 days after his inauguration, and had the shortest presi ...

William Henry Harrison
or
Benjamin Harrison Benjamin Harrison (August 20, 1833 March 13, 1901) was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 23rd from 1889 to 1893. He was a grandson of the ninth president, , and a great-grandson of , a who signed the . Harrison was born o ...

Benjamin Harrison
(11%) #
Martin Van Buren Martin Van Buren ( ; born Maarten van Buren (); December 5, 1782 – July 24, 1862) was an American lawyer and statesman who served as the 8th President of the United States, president of the United States from 1837 to 1841. A founder of the ...

Martin Van Buren
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Zachary Taylor Zachary Taylor (November 24, 1784 – July 9, 1850) was an American military leader who served as the 12th president of the United States The president of the United States (POTUS) is the head of state and head of government of the Un ...

Zachary Taylor
(10%) #
Millard Fillmore Millard Fillmore (January 7, 1800March 8, 1874) was the 13th president of the United States The president of the United States (POTUS) is the head of state and head of government of the United States of America. The president directs the ...

Millard Fillmore
(8%) #
Franklin Pierce Franklin Pierce (November 23, 1804October 8, 1869) was the 14th president of the United States The president of the United States (POTUS) is the and of the . The president directs the of the and is the of the . The power of the ...

Franklin Pierce
(7%) # (7%)


Criticism

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, noted biographer of Abraham Lincoln, relates that when he met John F. Kennedy in 1961, Kennedy voiced his deep dissatisfaction and resentment with historians who had rated some of his predecessors. Kennedy remarked, "No one has a right to grade a president—even poor James Buchanan—who has not sat in his chair, examined the mail and information that came across his desk, and learned why he made his decisions." Historian and political scientist Julian E. Zelizer has argued that traditional presidential rankings explain little concerning actual presidential history and that they are "weak mechanisms for evaluating what has taken place in the
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."Zelizer (February 21, 2011)
"What's wrong with presidential rankings"
CNN Opinion.
The broadly static nature of the rankings over multiple decades has also been called into question, particularly given the frequent exposure of previously unknown material about American government. In 2002,
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's African American Leadership Institute, stated that ranking based on the presidents' ability to balance the interests of the majority and those of excluded groups was practical in respect to American debate on racial politics. Presidents have traditionally been ranked on personal qualities and their leadership ability to solve problems that move the nation in a positive direction. Walters stated that there was a qualitative difference between presidential evaluations from white and African-American intellectuals. He gives as an example of this difference a comparison between two contemporary studies, a 1996 ''
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'' poll by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., where 31 white historians and one black historian ranked presidents as "Great", "Near Great", "High Average", "Average", "Below Average", or "Failure", and a survey performed by professors Hanes Walton Jr. and Robert Smith and featured in their book ''American Politics and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom'', where 44 African-American political scientists and historians ranked presidents as "White Supremacist", "Racist", "Racially Neutral", "Racially Ambivalent", or "Antiracist". A 2012 analysis by Mark Zachary Taylor faulted presidential surveys with "partisan bias and subjective judgments", suggesting an
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to rank of the presidents based on objectively measurable economic statistics. The results placed Franklin Roosevelt as the best president for the economy, followed by Harding, Hayes and McKinley tied for second. The worst-ranked presidents were Hoover and Van Buren, tied. A common criticism of presidential surveys is that participants are "driven by liberal bias to give high ratings to presidents who expanded the role of government." The first British survey, published in 2011, places some small government advocates higher than recent US surveys have: Thomas Jefferson at 4, Ronald Reagan at 8, and Andrew Jackson at 9 (compare 7, 10 and 13 in C-SPAN 2009). Alvin S. Felzenberg, a professor at both the Elliot School of International Affairs at
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and the Annenberg School for Communication at the
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, is one of those who has criticized what he sees as a liberal bias in presidential rankings. In particular, he ranks
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in third place, substantially higher than averaged rankings. In perhaps the only scholarly review of Felzenberg's 2008 book '' The Leaders We Deserved (and a Few We Didn't)'', Genovese (2010) says, “Felzenberg is upset—with some justification—at the liberal bias he sees as so prevalent in the ranking of U.S. presidents by historians and political scientists. To remedy this, he has provided a counter to the liberal bias with a conservative bias. In doing so, he commits all the sins of which he accuses liberals. This book is a mirror image of the work he finds so troubling....It is unscientific, impressionistic, and highly subjective."Michael Genovese (2010) "The Leaders We Deserved (And a Few We Didn't): Rethinking the Presidential Rating Game." ''Presidential Studies Quarterly'' 40.4: 799–800.


See also

* Historical rankings of chancellors of Germany * Historical rankings of prime ministers of Australia * Historical rankings of prime ministers of Canada * Historical rankings of prime ministers of the Netherlands * Historical rankings of prime ministers of the United Kingdom


References


Further reading

* → A non-quantitative appraisal by leading historian. * → A collection of essays by presidential scholars. * → Contains the results of the 1962 and 1982 surveys. * * * * Greenstein, Fred I. et al. ''Evolution of the modern presidency : a bibliographical survey'' (1977) bibliography and annotation of 2500 scholarly books and articles
online
* * Merry, Robert W
''Where They Stand: The American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians''
(2012). * * * * * * * * * * → For Federalist Society surveys. *


External links



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