Monday, February 19, 2018

Who are the Best and Worst Presidents?

We surveyed presidential politics experts to sketch out a first draft of Trump's place in presidential history. Since our previous survey in 2014, some presidential legacies have soared (Barack Obama's stock has climbed into the Top 10), while others have fallen (Andrew Jackson toppled to 15, out of the Top 10). And President Trump? Let's say that, according to the 170 members of the American Political Science Association's Presidents and Executive Politics section who filled out our survey, he has at least three years to improve on an ignominious debut.


James Buchanan, who was at the helm as the United States careened into civil war, was dislodged from his position as our nation's worst president by our current president, Trump.

His Oval Office predecessor, Barack Obama, shot into the Top 10, up from 18th in the previous survey. Ulysses S. Grant also got a bump, up seven places from 2014, perhaps owing to a strong assist from Ron Chernow's recent masterpiece.

The biggest declines were for Bill Clinton, arguably the result of contemporary scorn for his treatment of women, and Andrew Jackson, for evolving attitudes on his treatment of Native Americans.


Best: Lincoln, Washington, FDR

Worst: Buchannan, Pierce, Harding

#1 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-02-20 11:05 AM

"Best: Lincoln, Washington, FDR" - #1 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-02-20 11:05 AM

100% agree. All three were in office when America needed them the most:

Lincoln: saving America from the effects of the Civil War

Washington: guiding America through its founding and infancy

FDR: saving democratic capitalism in America

#2 | Posted by Hans at 2018-02-20 11:12 AM

Worst-Carter until o'bummer came along.

#3 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-02-20 11:14 AM

Best Truman, Eisenhower, Johnson

Worst Andrew Jackson, harding, monroe

#4 | Posted by fresno500 at 2018-02-20 11:47 AM

Top 5 has to include GW, Abe, FDR, TR, and Truman.

Bottom 5 has to include GWB, Filmore, Bucannon, and Harding.

And if I could I'd kick Jackson to the bottom every times for mass murder.

#5 | Posted by Tor at 2018-02-20 03:35 PM

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