2009 Historians Presidential Leadership Survey

C-SPAN marked President’s Day by updating its Historians Presidential Leadership Survey from 2000.  I found it pretty interesting.  Click here to see a better compilation of the results with some interaction available and a list of historians involved:

President                  2009 Score       2009 Rank       2000 Rank
Abraham Lincoln               902                             1                               1
George Washington           854                             2                               3
Franklin D. Roosevelt      837                             3                               2
Theodore Roosevelt        781                              4                               4
Harry S. Truman                708                            5                               5
John F. Kennedy                701                            6                               8
Thomas Jefferson              698                             7                               7
Dwight D. Eisenhower      689                             8                                9
Woodrow Wilson                683                             9                                6
Ronald Reagan                    671                           10                              11
Lyndon B. Johnson           641                            11                              10
James K. Polk                      606                           12                               12
Andrew Jackson                 606                           13                              13
James Monroe                     605                           14                              14
Bill Clinton                             605                          15                               21
William McKinley               599                           16                               15
John Adams                          545                           17                              16
George H. W. Bush              542                          18                               20
John Quincy Adams          542                          19                               19
James Madison                    535                          20                              18
Grover Cleveland                523                         21                               17
Gerald R. Ford                      509                        22                               23
Ulysses S. Grant                   490                        23                               33
William Howard Taft          485                        24                               24
Jimmy Carter                        474                       25                               22
Calvin Coolidge                    469                       26                               27
Richard M. Nixon               450                       27                               25
James A. Garfield               445                       28                                29
Zachary Taylor                   443                       29                                28
Benjamin Harrison            442                       30                                31
Martin Van Buren              435                       31                                 30
Chester A. Arthur              420                      32                                 32
Rutherford B. Hayes         409                      33                                 26
Herbert Hoover                  389                      34                                 34
John Tyler                             372                     35                                 36
George W. Bush                   362                      36                                 NA
Millard Fillmore                 351                       37                                35
Warren G. Harding             327                     38                                 38
William Henry Harrison  324                     39                                 37
Franklin D. Pierce              287                     40                                39
Andrew Johnson                258                    41                                 40
James Buchanan                 227                   42                                 41

Enjoy!

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7 responses to “2009 Historians Presidential Leadership Survey

  1. Bill Clinton jumped more than most. And W. probably dragged his dad down a few! Interesting.

    All the movement after nine years was interesting. It’s interesting how their place in history can be changed depending on the time in history or the people making the decisions.

  2. Very interesting stuff. Its fascinating to me that the #1 president was in power during our country’s darkest days. A country at war with itself – does it get any darker? Several presidents have come in under difficult circumstances. None like that. Quite a testament to the man.

    and the bottom two were on either side of him.

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  4. Abraham Lincoln big Fan 🙂

    Great man!

  5. Who gets to vote and what criteria is used?

    This is like the Nielson ratings. I never get asked about any of this stuff and it’s starting to get me a little ticked off! 🙂

    I can’t believe you haven’t been asked.

  6. Surprised Geo W is not a bit closer to Buchanan on the bottom!

    Maybe with time…

  7. I think almost all presidents have been too partisan to preside effectively. …except Washington. Maybe Andrew Jackson and Lincoln too.

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