President Trump earned last place in an expert ranking of “presidential greatness,” reports the 2018 Presidents & Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey that was released by Boise State University on Monday.
The survey was taken from 170 current and recent members in the Presidents & Executive Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, a group of scholars that study the American presidency.
These experts were told to rank each president from zero (worst) to 100 (best) based upon their overall performance while in office. With this, President Trump came in dead last with a pitiful average score of 12.34.
Even with Republican respondents, Mr. Trump ranked extremely low, only getting the 40th spot for presidential greatness. These Republicans together labeled James Buchanan — whose presidency suffered the secession of seven states right before the Civil War — as the all-time worst president and George Washington as the best one.
Coming in first is Abraham Lincoln, who scored 95.03 between Democrats and Republicans surveyed. The top 7 presidents have stayed the same since the poll was last taken in 2014: Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Franklin Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Harry Truman, and Dwight Eisenhower.
In this year’s round of questioning, the former president Barack Obama moved up in rank to 8th best president, whereas in 2014 he was 18th. Scholars who identify as Republican, however, put Obama at 16th.
Since this was Mr. Trump’s first year in office, the survey takers told respondents to also grade him on an A-F scale on several subjects: his presidency overall, legislative accomplishments, his foreign policy leadership, embodying institutional norms, and ability to communicate with the public. Overall, and very unsurprisingly, scholars gave him failing grades — three Fs and two Ds. He did best on communicating with the public and worst on embodying institutional norms, because of what a moronic jackass he is.