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New presidential rankings place Obama in top 10, Reagan and Trump below Biden

A new presidential ranking by a group of experts has found Abraham Lincoln to be America’s greatest president, with Donald Trump ranked last.

Lincoln topped the list of presidents in the 2024 Presidential Greatness Project expert survey for the third time, following his top spot in the rankings in the 2015 and 2018 surveys.

According to a release from the Presidential Greatness Project, the 154 survey respondents included “current and recent updates from the Presidential and Executive Politics Division of the American Political Science Association, which describes itself as the premier organization of social science experts in presidential politics. Contains members. , including academics who have recently published peer-reviewed academic research in major relevant journals and scholarly publications. ”

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Respondents were asked to rank the president on a scale of 0 to 100, with 0 being a failure, 50 being average, and 100 being great. The top five in the ranking were Franklin Delano Roosevelt in second place, George Washington in third place, Theodore Roosevelt in fourth place, and Thomas Jefferson in fifth place.

The poll ranked President Trump last, worse than James Buchanan at 44th, Andrew Johnson at 43rd, Franklin Peirce at 42nd, and William Henry Harrison at 41st.

Respondents were also tracked by party affiliation and ideology, and although there were a few outliers, primarily among recent presidents, the release claims that the rankings “do not tend to make a significant difference overall.” .

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Abraham Lincoln is once again the top presidential candidate. (Library of Congress prints and photos)

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Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and Trump were more likely to be ranked highly by conservatives or Republicans, with Republican respondents averaging 5th place for Reagan, 19th for Bush, and 41st for Trump. The average rating among Democrats was 18th for Mr. Reagan, 33rd for Mr. Bush, and 45th for Mr. Trump.

A similar partisan divide was evident between Presidents Barack Obama and Biden, who averaged 6th and 13th place among Democrats and 15th and 30th place among Republicans. Democrat Bill Clinton was ranked higher (10th) by Republican respondents than Democrats (12th).

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President Barack Obama speaks about NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan at the Presidential Medal of Freedom Ceremony held at the White House on November 22, 2016. (Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

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As a result, the overall rankings were Obama 7th, Clinton 12th, Biden 14th, Reagan 16th, and Bush 32nd.

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