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Presidents by Avg Expert Ranking

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Here's a ranking of the US presidents by their range in rankings from 1948-present. Some of the low scores for older below average or bad presidents is because there were fewer presidents to rank in the past. Trump has only been in two expert polls, so his range is also his only expert rankings:

  1. Lincoln, 1-3
  2. FDR, 1-3
  3. Washington, 1-4
  4. Jefferson, 2-7
  5. Th. Roosevelt, 2-7
  6. Truman, 5-9  *Would have been a failed president if  in the 1948 poll had he been included. He was very unpopular then.*
  7. Wilson, 4-11 *Losing favorability in the 21st century*
  8. Eisenhower, 5-21 *Was unfavorable in the early 1960s*
  9. JFK, 6-18  *Experts have a hard time distinguishing the myth from his accomplishments*
  10. Jackson, 6-19 *Losing favorability in the 21st century*
  11. Monroe, 7-18 *Losing favorability in the 21st century*
  12. Obama, 8-18  *Will be interesting where he ends up once we get a good president again*
  13. Madison, 6-20 *The conflict is whether or not the War of 1812 was avoidable or not*
  14. Polk, 8-20 *Losing favorability in the 21st century*
  15. LBJ, 10-18  *Depends on whether or not his domestic achievements are more lasting than the Vietnam fiasco*
  16. Clinton, 8-24 *Improved once Bush II collapsed the economy,*
  17. Reagan, 6-26 *The Republican version of LBJ. He just goes up and down depending on what part of the presidency experts focus on*
  18. J Adams, 9-19 *The Rev War Hero Adams might influence some of these favorable ratings*
  19. Cleveland, 8-24 *Losing favorability in the 21st century*
  20. McKinley, 11-21 *Losing favorability in the 21st century*
  21. JQ Adams, 11-25 *Gaining favorability, but like JFK, didn't really do a lot*
  22. Taft, 16-25 *Gaining favorability*
  23. Hayes, 13-33 *Losing favorability in the 21st century*
  24. GHW Bush, 17-31 
  25. Van Buren, 15-34 
  26. Arthur, 17-35
  27. Carter, 18-34  *Favorable ratings probably have more to do with post-presidency image*
  28. B Harrison, 19-35
  29. Ford, 22-32
  30. Grant, 21-38 *Has greatly gain favorability in the 21st century*
  31. Coolidge, 23-36 *Often scores well with Libertarians, but ranks very poorly among everyone else*
  32. Nixon, 23-36
  33. Taylor, 24-35
  34. Garfield, 25-34
  35. GW Bush, 19-39 *He's improving in Trump-era polls*
  36. Hoover, 19-38
  37. Fillmore, 24-38
  38. WH Harrison, 26-42
  39. Tyler, 22-39
  40. Pierce, 27-41
  41. Harding, 29-42 *Routine presidential scandals and corruptions are helping Harding in more recent polls*
  42. A Johnson, 19-44
  43. Buchanan, 26-43
  44. Trump, 42-44 *Some of this is likely emotional. There's no way he can be worse than Buchanan, yet."

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4 minutes ago, ThePotatoWalrus said:

How Buchanan and especially Johnson's peak ranges are as high as they are is proof we live in a clown world 🤡🤡

"Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with you,"

-The Steve Miller Band, "Stuck in the Middle."

Given that song is from the '60's, it's downright prophetic.

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4 minutes ago, Patine said:

"Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with you,"

-The Steve Miller Band, "Stuck in the Middle."

Given that song is from the '60's, it's downright prophetic.

That was Stealers Wheel and it is from the 70's

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28 minutes ago, ThePotatoWalrus said:

How Buchanan and especially Johnson's peak ranges are as high as they are is proof we live in a clown world 🤡🤡

In 1948 there were fewer presidents. This is when they had lower numbers. The 1948 ranking (the first ever) did not have Harrison, Garfield, or Truman.) Thus, 29 = 44 in today's ranking. 

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8 minutes ago, vcczar said:

Harrison, Garfield,

That's kind of random but ok. Did they have something against post-reconstruction Republicans?

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5 minutes ago, Reagan04 said:

That's kind of random but ok. Did they have something against post-reconstruction Republicans?

I'm assuming he meant William Henry Harrison (not Benjamin) and Garfield because they didn't serve long enough. Same with Truman.

Edit: Actually, if it was done in 1948 then Truman had served long enough. They probably just didn't want to include a current President.

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5 minutes ago, jnewt said:

I'm assuming he meant William Henry Harrison (not Benjamin) and Garfield because they didn't serve long enough. Same with Truman.

Edit: Actually, if it was done in 1948 then Truman had served long enough. They probably just didn't want to include a current President.

@Reagan04 this is correct

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I created a new Presidential Ranker on Google sheets if anyone wants to take it. You must have a gmail account to connect to it. 

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One can always be fairly certain when one of these rankings comes out that Lincoln, FDR and Washington (in whatever order) will occupy the top spots while the bottom will be crammed with various mid-19th century presidents. 

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