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Donald Trump Ranked Worst President In US History By 200 Political Scientists

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Feb 20, 2018 – Donald Trump Ranked Worst President In US History By 200 Political Scientists

President Donald Trump has been ranked as the worst U.S. President in history in a Presidents’ Day poll of political scientists that ranked all 44 of the people who have served as U.S. president.

Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Teddy Roosevelt respectively took the top four spots in the Boise State University “Presidential Greatness Survey.”

While Trump is the 45th President, one of his predecessors, Grover Cleveland, was elected two separate times, making him the 22nd and 24th President, who ranked as 24th on the survey.

The experts were asked to rank each president on a scale from zero – worst – to 100 – best – based on their overall performance in office.

Their rankings showed that Trump came in last place with an average score of 12.34.

Coming in first place, according to the survey, is Abraham Lincoln, who scored an average of 95.03 between both Democrats and Republicans surveyed while George Washington got a rating of 92.59.

Just over 57 per cent of those polled identified as Democrats while 13 per cent were Republican and 27 per cent were Independents.

The top seven presidents that have remained the same since the poll was last conducted in 2014: Lincoln, Washington, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Harry Truman, and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

In the latest round of survey, former president Barack Obama moved up in the rankings to 8th best president, compared to 18th he ranked in the 2014 survey.

Even Republican respondents rated Trump as the fourth worst president – 40th of 44th while they placed Obama as the 16th.

Ronald Reagan, who also moved up from his previous ranking, trailed behind Obama in 9th place.

Bearing in mind that this was Trump’s first year in office, the survey takers asked respondents to grade him on an A-F scale.

He was graded on the subjects: his presidency overall, legislative accomplishments, foreign policy leadership, embodying institutional norms, and communicating with the public.

Overall, scholars gave him failing grades – three Fs and two Ds – while he scored highest on communicating with the public and lowest on embodying institutional norms.

However, self-identifying Republicans graded the 45th president higher – three Ds and two Cs.

The higher marks awarded Trump were in communicating with the public and foreign policy leadership.

Trump was rated worse than President Richard Nixon, who quit under pressure from the Watergate scandal, ranking as 33rd.

Trump was also rated below William Henry Harrison who died after only a month in office – from March 4, 1841 to April 4, 1841.

Even Warren Harding, whose presidency was afflicted by the Teapot Dome corruption scandal and his dalliances with mistresses, rated higher than Trump at 39th.

Trump also “won” the most polarising President, ahead of Andrew Jackson who won the second position.

“Donald Trump is by far the most polarising of the ranked presidents,” poll authors Brandon Rottinghaus and Justin Vaughn wrote.




  1. Stanley Jones

    February 20, 2018 at 9:16 PM

    Poll conducted and voted by his haters,for me Mr Trump is among the greatest POTUS,if he is ranked worst what word do we use in ranking Buhari?

    • DB

      February 21, 2018 at 5:22 PM

      Is buhari a POTUS or could he ever qualify for d position? Is it not only in Nigeria that school cert is all you need to be president? Even if Trump is the worst POTUS, buhari can never qualify to be his member of staff. Thats why the guy wont stop mocking Africans. Illiterates ruling over the most educated!

  2. Y

    February 21, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    Well said Stanley.
    The most important thing is your ranking before God and not on the poll. My prayer for Trump is that he will continue to put God first, which is so difficult in politics. God will help him.

  3. oby

    February 21, 2018 at 12:56 PM

    Democrats are still crying like babies because of President Trump. invariably he is the best thing that has ever happen to America. they can rank him anything it does not change anything

  4. Mon

    February 22, 2018 at 2:58 AM

    He’s even ranked worst before he become the president for no reason than he is a straight forward man who put GOD first before any other thing else….he can’t be bend easily as others,especially Barack Obama was bent to serve interest of his own masters by legalizing gay,creating confusion in Middle East and putting Africa more backwards by killing Gaddafi,just to make it easy for them to be engaging in vital organs trade and fully establish their AFRICOM. BO gained people’s interest because of his charisma and first African American president,despite not having much influence by blacks,but maintain his grassroots and blessed by marrying strong and intelligent black woman.

    At the end of the day America’s president is only judged by how he (any president) agree with status quo in presenting their policies which is already there…their plan is always 100 to 200 yrs ahead.

  5. Jilo

    February 22, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    You guys supporting Trump, are you aware that Trump never give a damn about you?. Why are you guys just throwing your support at him without understanding how he feels towards the African Nations. This man is bringing you down, discrediting, embarrassing, condemning and badmouthing you yet, you are saying he is the right man. Why can’t you read the hand writing on the Wall. Donald Trump hates all Africans. He does want to have anything to do with you. Why are you attaching yourself to him? Try to be yourself and support your continent.

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