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Historians' ranking of U.S. presidents 2017

Ranking of U.S. presidents by historians during the C-SPAN Presidential Historians Survey 2017

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Release date



United States

Survey time period

1789 to 2017

Number of respondents

91 respondents

Method of interview

Panel survey

Supplementary notes

*Donald Trump has not been included, and Grover Cleveland, who served as the 22nd and 24th U.S. President, has been counted as a single entry.

91 "historians and other professional observers of the presidency" were asked to rank the 43 U.S. presidents in ten areas of leadership, on a scale of one ("not effective") to ten ("very effective"). The scores were then tabulated and averaged, to give a score out of 100 for each category, and a total score out of 1,000.

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