Thursday, May 31, 2018

Political Scientists Rate The Presidents From Best To Worst

Brandon Rottinghaus (University of Houston) and Justin S. Vaughn (Boise State University) asked a national sample of political scientists (members of the Presidents and Executive Politics Section of the American Political Science Association) to rate the presidents from 0 (very bad) to 100 (very good). A score of 50 would be considered average. The charts above show those ratings -- an average of responses from 170 political scientists.

Abraham Lincoln was rated the highest and George Washington second. Rounding out the top ten were Franklin Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, and Lyndon Johnson.

Bringing up the rear was Donald Trump -- rated the worst president the United States has ever had.


  1. I confess to being a little irritated that Andrew Johnson is not rated even lower.


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