Trump Ranks as Worst in Expert Presidential Greatness Survey

How Donald Trump stacks up against the best — and worst — presidents

According to the results posted Monday by Boise State University, 170 political scientists participated in the 2018 Presidents and Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey. The organization established a ranking of all American presidents, rated on a scale of 0 to 100.

But right now, Trump is ranked lower in the reckoning of political scientists than James Buchanan, the president who saw the United States descend into civil war, scandal-ridden presidents like Warren Harding and Andrew Johnson, and William Henry Harrison, who only managed to serve for 31 days before dying of pneumonia.

Abraham Lincoln topped the list with an average score of 95.03, followed by George Washington with 92.59. Beyond his reputation or ranking, Donald Trump's very presidency may alter perceptions of presidential legacies as his unique approach to the office continues to surprise.

Each member was asked to rank the current and past presidents from zero (worst) to 100 (best).

Nixon quit under pressure from the Watergate scandal.

"Donald Trump is by far the most polarizing of the ranked presidents", poll authors Brandon Rottinghaus and Justin Vaughn wrote. Andrew Jackson fell from 9th place to 15th.

Trump doesn't get much of a lift from Republican-only vote: Even in their eyes, he's a bottom-five president. Trump is without a doubt one of the most, if not the most, morally bankrupt person to ever order a Diet Coke in the Oval Office.

As for whose face should next grace Mount Rushmore, Franklin Roosevelt was chosen by a wide margin with 108 votes.

Just over 57 percent of those polled identified as Democrats, while 13 percent were Republican and 27 percent, Independents. They placed Obama at No. 16.



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