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Trump takes last spot in experts' presidential rankings survey

20 February 2018

The poll ranks "presidential greatness", since the first POTUS.

Each expert who took the poll was asked to rate each president on a 0-100 scale, with 0 meaning failure and 100 meaning greatness.

The Times' survey, which was the first since 2014, also reveals some interesting trends about the legacy of other presidents.

On a scale of 0 to 100 for overall greatness, President Trump scored just over 12, coming in dead last among USA commanders-in-chief in an expert rankings survey released on President's Day.

The two presidents whose rankings were affected most by partisan lines were Reagan and Obama, arguably the two modern personifications of those parties, as Democrats ranked Reagan 9 places lower than Republicans and Obama 10 places higher. "His average rating is 12.34, which is almost three points lower than James Buchanan (15.09), who previously occupied the lowest rank".

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

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According to the Boise State University website, the Presidents & Executive Politics Section of the American Political Science Association is the foremost organization of social science experts in presidential politics.

Thus, Lincoln got a rating of 95.03, while Washington got a rating of 92.59.

His Oval Office predecessor, Barack Obama, shot into the top 10, up from 18th in the previous survey.

Although he is the 45th president, Trump was rated as 44th best, which was the lowest ranking because the survey did not count Grover Cleveland's nonconsecutive terms separately.

The higher marks awarded Trump were in communicating with the public and foreign policy leadership. They placed Obama at No. 16.

Ronald Reagan jumped two spots from 11th to ninth, with an average of 69.24.

Trump takes last spot in experts' presidential rankings survey