New Presidential Rankings Place Obama in Top 10, Reagan and Trump Below Biden

This is the third survey conducted by co-directors of the Presidential Greatness Project, University of Houston political science professor Brandon Rottinghaus and Coastal Carolina University political science professor Justin Vaughn. Results are based on nearly 200 responses from scholars across multiple disciplines whose work engages presidential politics.

The survey shows that while presidential scholars continue to consider Abraham Lincoln the nation’s greatest president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt has passed George Washington as the second-greatest president. President Biden enters the rankings at #14, behind recent Democrats Barack Obama (#7) and Bill Clinton (#12), but ahead of recent Republicans Ronald Reagan (#16), George H.W. Bush (#19), George W. Bush (#32) and Donald Trump (#45).

President Biden’s inaugural inclusion in the Presidential Greatness Project rankings finds him in the top third of presidents, ranked #14 with a rating of 62.7/100 which is higher than Obama’s first rating in 2015 (58.2) and dramatically higher than Trump’s first rating in 2018 (13.0).


We don’t use FOX NEWS as a source at NV, but I couldn’t resist making an exception this one time:

“Trump was ranked in last place in the survey, being ranked worse than James Buchanan at 44, Andrew Johnson at 43, Franklin Peirce at 42, and William Henry Harrison at 41.”


Not to worry, Melania is his equal: “as one of the laziest, most disengaged First Ladies ever.”

The survey

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