President Trump has ranked as the worst president of all time in the 2018 Presidents & Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey released by Boise State University Monday. The poll ranks “presidential greatness,” since the first POTUS.
The survey was conducted among 170 current and recent members of the Presidents & Executive Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. The group is comprised of scholars dedicated to studying the American presidency.
Each member was asked to rank the current and past presidents from zero (worst) to 100 (best). The ranking is based on overall performance in office. President Trump scored a mind-boggling 12.34 out of 100.
When only Republican respondents were polled, Trump still ranked 40th worst out of 45 Presidents. Trump managed to beat James Buchanan among Republican pollsters. Buchanan oversaw the seccession of seven states before the Civil War.
President George Washington remained atop the list in the #1 spot among Republicans.
When Democrat and Republican results were combined, President Abraham Lincoln topped the list with a score of 95.03. The top seven Presidents of all time were Lincoln, George Washington, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Harry Truman, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Those same Presidents topped the list in the same order when the poll was last conducted in 2014.
Barack Obama: The 8th Greatest President Of All-Time
Former President Barack Obama moved up in the rankings to the 8th best president, an increase of 10 spots since 2014. Republican scholars ranked Obama 16th on the list.
Behind Obama was Ronald Reagan who ranked 9th on the list.
Because it was Donald Trump’s first year in office, respondents were asked to rank him on an A-F scale. Scholars were asked to rate Donald Trump on his presidency overall, legislative accomplishments, foreign policy leadership, embodying institutional norms, and communicating with the public.
Trump received three Fs and two Ds. He surprisingly scored highest for communicating with the public and lowest for embodying institutional norms. Self-identifying Republicans scored Trump with three Ds and two Cs. Republicans scored Trump his best for communicating with the public and foreign policy leadership.
Trump still has time to increase his score but based on current events, it’s unlikely he will come anywhere close to Barack Obama or any recent President.
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