Well what did you expect? These are college professors, for God’s sake.
President Trump rated last, right below James Buchanan, who set the stage for the Civil War. He was several places behind Millard Fillmore, who is remembered as the greatest man ever to be named “Millard.”
Barack Obama is the eighth best president ever.
According to the survey:
The 2018 Presidents & Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey was conducted online via Qualtrics from December 22, 2017 to January 16, 2018. Respondents were current and recent members of the Presidents & Executive Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, which is the foremost organization of social science experts in presidential politics.
The results of this ranking are quite similar to the 2014 ranking: Abraham Lincoln again tops the list (95.03 average), followed by George Washington (92.59), Franklin Delano Roosevelt (89.09), Teddy Roosevelt (81.39), Thomas Jefferson (79.54, Harry Truman (75.15), and Dwight Eisenhower (75.43). This is the same order as last year. After these first seven places, however, there are several significant changes from 2014. Barack Obama now occupies the 8th slot (71.13), up ten places from 2014. He is followed by Ronald Reagan (69.24), Lyndon Johnson (69.06), Woodrow Wilson (67.4), and James Madison (64.48). Next comes Bill Clinton at 14th (64.25), down five places from our previous study, followed by John Adams (63.24) and Andrew Jackson (62.16), who drops six places to 15th.
The middle third of the ranking is generally stable with the 2014 results, though Ulysses S. Grant has climbed to 18th (52.88), up seven places from 2014. The bottom third is also largely consistent with our previous survey’s ranking, with two exceptions. First, George W. Bush has risen 5 places (40.42), moving to 30th in this ranking. Second, Donald J. Trump makes his ranking debut at the very bottom of the list. His average rating is 12.34, which is nearly three points lower than James Buchanan (15.09), who previously occupied the lowest rank. William Henry Harrison (19.02), Franklin Pierce (23.25), Andrew Johnson (24.91), Warren Harding (25.26), and Millard Fillmore (27.71) all also reside near the bottom of this ranking.