Monday, March 10, 2014

Ranking the Presidents

Mouri Ran's favorite President gets a low rating.

Here's an interesting survey I learned about from Kevin Gutzman. I suppose Obama's left out because he's still in office. I couldn't transfer the format from the site, so the original is HERE. Now, I'm no scholar, but I'm glad to see Coolidge and Cleveland near the top, from what I know of them.

The complete rankings of the survey are as follows:

Rank President Score
1. George Washington 25.23
2. Grover Cleveland 25.18
3. Calvin Coolidge 23.77
4. James Monroe 22.58
5. Ronald Reagan 22.38
6. John Tyler 21.36
7. Thomas Jefferson 21.15
8. James K. Polk 20.91
9. Dwight D. Eisenhower 20.85
10. Martin Van Buren 20.73
11. James Madison 19.08
12. Franklin Pierce 18.42
13. Warren G. Harding 18.27
14. William McKinley 17.90
15. Andrew Jackson 17.54
16. Chester A. Arthur 17.40
17. Rutherford B. Hayes 17.30
18. William Howard Taft 17.25
19. John F. Kennedy 17.23
20. John Quincy Adams 17.00
21. Zachary Taylor 17.00
22. John Adams 16.77
23. Theodore Roosevelt 16.31
24. George H.W. Bush 15.31
25. Benjamin Harrison 15.20
26. James Buchanan 15.00
27. Andrew Johnson 14.45
28. Gerald R. Ford 14.42
29. Harry S. Truman 14.23
30. Abraham Lincoln 14.00
31. Ulysses S. Grant 13.75
32. Millard Fillmore 13.70
33. Bill Clinton 13.62
34. Herbert Hoover 13.58
35. Franklin D. Roosevelt 13.54
36. Jimmy Carter 12.46
37. George W. Bush 12.08
38. Richard M. Nixon 11.23
39. Woodrow Wilson 10.31
40. Lyndon B. Johnson 10.23
41. William Henry Harrison N/R
42. James A. Garfield N/R

So, what do you think? Agree?  Here's an idea for a more imaginative survey: Of all the people who ran for President and didn't make it — How would you rank them? Henry Clay, Barry Goldwater, Sanuel Tilden, Stephen A. Douglas, William Jennings Bryan, George Wallace, Aaron Burr, Al Smith...? Let us know in the comments.



3 comments:

  1. Andrew Jackson has to be higher than 15th!

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  2. We would be better off as a nation if more presidents followed William Henry Harrison's example.

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  3. http://www.unz.org/Pub/DensonJohn-2001-00001

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