Top 10 Best American Presidents

Name the "best" Presidents according to a poll
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Presidents
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Abraham Lincoln
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Franklin D. Roosevelt
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George Washington
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Theodore Roosevelt
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Thomas Jefferson
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Presidents
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Harry S. Truman
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Woodrow Wilson
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Dwight Eisenhower
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Andrew Jackson
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John F. Kennedy
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Level ∞
Oct 1, 2018
In my opinion Wilson, Jackson, and Kennedy do not belong. Otherwise I mostly agree with the ranking.
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Level 80
Oct 1, 2018
Aw.. why didn't you feature this one? Some of the worst ones are too obscure?

Best and Worst US Presidents
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Level ∞
Oct 20, 2018
Don't want to get too political...
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Level 80
Nov 28, 2018
I'm using the same source. If this quiz isn't political neither is mine.
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Level 83
May 26, 2019
Maybe controversial is the better word. I’m sure if we added the ten worst, there would definitely be a lot of complaints about Trump being at the bottom of the list, even though the source says he is. That’s probably what Quizmaster meant but it’s just a guess.
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Level 65
Oct 1, 2018
Wilson was a paid stooge of those setting up the Federal reserve bank - rumour is that he was having an affair and was being blackmailed. Jackson - Trail of tears fiasco ignored the Supreme court to not remove the Cherokee indians from their lands in Georgia. Basically a real dick. Kennedy - Nearly blew up the world in the Cuban missile crisis, the Soviets put nukes in Cuba as a response to the nukes Kennedy put in Turkey. US had to take out their nukes in Turkey, and the Russians took out theirs in Cuba. Then Johnson gave him a brain enema in Dallas. Otherwise yes, the rest certainly deserve to be there.
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Level 59
Nov 28, 2018
I believe Wilson was also a racist and, among other things, segregated federal offices.
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Level 80
Nov 28, 2018
You think Kennedy shouldn't be included because you believe without evidence that Johnson had something to do with his assassination? Or you just felt compelled to throw that in there so we'd all know you believe this?

Agree with most of the rest of what you said but opinions are always being revised and this is based on polling data that goes back quite a ways.
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Level 65
Nov 28, 2018
No, Kennedy should not have been on that list, not because of Johnson, (who, in my opinion, may have had something to do with Kennedy's assassination - amongst others), because Kennedy acted impulsively, (like with his oft told tales of cavorting with just about every woman he could get his hands on in the White House), or his decision to threaten annihilation of the planet because of his ill-advised action of putting nukes so close to the Soviet Union in Turkey. Or his decision to back the Bay of Pigs invasion to actively overthrow a popular government. I think that John Adams should be on that list or Hayes, far better presidents than Wilson, Jackson or Kennedy.
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Level 80
Nov 28, 2018
Then why bring up Johnson?
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Level 67
Nov 28, 2018
If actively overthrowing popular governments disqualifies Kennedy, then Eisenhower doesn't belong on the list either, since he authorized the CIA overthrowing Iran's democratic government to prop up the Shah as a puppet dictator.
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Level 72
Nov 28, 2018
I would argue that Kennedy should have been on the list. He set the country on a mission to get to the moon. That in turn set our best and brightest to develop technologies which spurred many of the things we use today.
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Level 80
Apr 9, 2019
Anyone who's opening line when damning someone is something about the Federal Reserve is obviously a conspiracy theorist.
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Level 80
Apr 24, 2019
*whose, sorry
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Level 36
Dec 1, 2018
Wilson lead our country through WW1.
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Level 81
Apr 19, 2019
He won reelection on "He kept us out of the war" and had war declared 33 days after being sworn back in. He led us into, not through, a war that had nothing to do with us except the enormous lines of credit for U S. businesses to sell material to keep the war going.
His 14 Points ignored at Versailles contained good ideas but he couldn't lead us through that even. His wife wasn't a much better President.
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Level 80
Jan 26, 2020
Wilson did some good things. But he was also embarrassingly racist even by the standards of the 1910s.
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Level ∞
Oct 1, 2018
Also, a brief note. Try to be extra nice in the comments for this quiz. Want to convince people that your "tribe" is the right one? Then don't be a jerk!
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Level 80
Oct 1, 2018
What if you don't have a tribe and aren't concerned with convincing anyone, but both tribes are a jerk to you? Can you be a jerk back?
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Level 74
Oct 1, 2018
If both tribes are being "jerks" to you then the problem is probably on your end.
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Level 80
Oct 1, 2018
Wow, that's brilliant. Meanwhile all Democrats and Republicans are holding hands singing kumbaya living in perfect harmony, never unfairly demonizing or misrepresenting their opponents, never insulting or attacking anyone who isn't in lock step with their ideology and part of their groupthink bubble, and not in any way guilty of bias. So the problem is all mine for having the audacity to think for myself and that's why I get called a raging libtard cuck by those on the right and a mayonnaise m'f'er mansplaining Nazi by those on the left.. because clearly I am too far left and too far right simultaneously like that makes sense. Couldn't possibly be that *they* are biased.
You are as clever as Fox News is fair and balanced and as insightful as Noam Chomsky is patriotic.
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Level 69
Oct 5, 2018
Such a typical thing for a level 68 to say.
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Level 79
Apr 14, 2020
You usually are.
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Level 80
Jun 15, 2020
Usually are what? Inclined to respond with disrespect to those who have shown the same toward me first? Yes... I am. I'll admit it's not my best trait.
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Level 70
Oct 1, 2018
Jackson? Wow.
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Level 71
Oct 1, 2018
yeah... I would imagine a number of Native American leaders would beg to differ with Wikipedia on this one.
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Level 55
Oct 1, 2018
True, he is one of my least favorite presidents simply because of the Trail of Tears but I am ashamed to admit that I have no idea what his presidency was like other than that so I can't really argue how good of a president he was.
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Level 63
Nov 28, 2018
Wikipedia isn't asserting an opinion other than making editorial decisions regarding which rankings to include in the article.
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Level 69
Nov 28, 2018
Also the whole "partially revoking the rights of abolitionists to free speech" does not go over well with me.
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Level 74
Oct 1, 2018
All the old rankings had him quite high on the list. He's fallen a lot over the last few years.
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Level 75
Oct 18, 2018
And he deserves to fall even farther.
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Level 65
Oct 1, 2018
Well to be fair, Jackson was nearly assassinated. They got better by the time Lincoln came around though. Most people think that Reagan was Hinckley's target, but no, it was Brady all the time, he held the real power behind the Reagan administration. ;)
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Level 81
Aug 25, 2019
Nancy's astrologer was standing in the entourage.
No one knows his target because the idiot hit everyone with a ricochet using a .22 from 5 feet away. At least Squeaky Fromme brought a .45 she didn't know enough to load properly.
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Level 80
Nov 28, 2018
Andrew Jackson expanded suffrage to non-property owners. The most significant expansion of voting rights in the nation's history aside from giving the vote to women. He did other good things, too. But, yeah, probably viewed more favorably by older historians who didn't see his treatment of native Americans as so problematic. The first of these polls was conducted in 1948.
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Level 86
Oct 1, 2018
The amount of time given would allow for every President to be tried!
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Level 83
Oct 1, 2018
Time limit needs to be way less.
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Level ∞
Oct 1, 2018
Reduced to 1 minute which it should have been at first.
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Level 82
Oct 1, 2018
If you can do the presidents in 1 minute sprint quiz then this is a breeze, especially when you know you wont have to be typing Trump, Nixon, Bush...
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Level 55
Oct 1, 2018
We currently have the longest lasting bull market in American history
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Level 87
Oct 1, 2018
thanks obama
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Level 17
Nov 28, 2018
(casually forgets that the 1920s existed)
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Level 66
Jun 25, 2019
thanks elmo
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Level 20
Jan 12, 2019
replace trump with obama
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Level 83
Mar 21, 2019
Why bother? Neither are on the quiz.
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Level 88
Oct 1, 2018
As far as nicknames I wish were accepted for presidents on this quiz... I like Ike.
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Level 43
Oct 1, 2018
My own personal politics say that Washington needs to be 2nd, Truman should be a bit higher and Franklin Roosevelt, Kennedy and Wilson should be off I would also consider getting rid of Theodore Roosevelt but that would all be my own quiz.
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Level 78
Oct 1, 2018
And with whom would you replace them? The rest of the pool is a little shallow me thinks.
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Level 59
Nov 28, 2018
FDR off the list? Are you nuts? And do you know much about Teddy Roosevelt? There are obvious arguments to boot Wilson and JFK off the list, but the Roosevelts? You might at least give some kind of argument.
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Level 46
Nov 28, 2018
Just because you're popular doesn't mean you're a good President. FDR expanded the size of the federal government to astronomical levels, plunging us further into the Great Depression, then placed a trade embargo on Japan and deliberately ignored all their warnings of an attack, which led to Pearl Harbor, all so he could get us into the war, which at that point was the only feasible way to get us out of the Depression. Then, of course, he took complete credit for turning the economy around. Teddy created the national park system with the end goal of buying up all the wildnerness land and forcing people into cities, where they would be easier to control and manipulate (our first progressive President). Meanwhile, the greatest President of the 20th century, Calvin Coolidge, slashed government spending and taxes by a MUCH higher percentage than any President before or since. And he turned what would have become an even worse depression than the Great Depression into the Roaring Twenties.
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Level 46
Nov 28, 2018
And the progressive-dominated textbooks in our progressive-dominated public schools, what do they do? They paint the Roosevelts as great Presidents because, what, one of them had an eyeglass and went hunting in Africa and the other one had polio and died in office (during his fourth term) so we should all feel sorry for him? I'd love to sit and have a beer with either one of them; they seem like very interesting, neat guys. But they were terrible Presidents. And these same (progressive) textbooks then scrub Calvin Coolidge and other like-minded Presidents out of the public consciousness completely until literally the only thing we know about him was that he didn't talk much. Ironic? You bet.
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Level 80
Nov 29, 2018
I find it much more interesting how radical right-wingnuts have tried (and apparently succeeded) to rewrite history to paint both Roosevelts as horrible presidents because they were progressive, broke up corporate monopolies and fearlessly stood up to big banks, instituted a minimum wage, regulated Wall Street and stuff like that. We could use another Roosevelt.
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Level 65
Nov 29, 2018
It is positively ludicrous to suggest the Roosevelts were not great presidents. Ludicrous. I understand that the right wing has a pathological need to knock FDR down because he expanded the size of government with great results, which undermines (what was, until Trump) the central tenet of conservative philosophy: small government. But if you look at all FDR accomplished, all he had to deal with, and how popular he was with the American people, there is no rational, fair-minded conclusion but to rank him near the very top. Don't let your biases overwhelm your thinking.
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Level 22
Oct 1, 2018
I can not understand that Truman is there, the man who gave the order to send atomic bombs over two cities. Disgusting.
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Level 71
Oct 1, 2018
I used to think the same thing until I learnt more about Japan in WW2. Those bombs saved countless lives.
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Level 65
Oct 1, 2018
Yeah. I did a lot of research and came to a couple conclusions on that: -Japan was probably not going to surrender anytime soon. That's not how they operated. -Hundreds of thousands of Americans would die in an invasion, not to mention the number of Japanese civilians and soldiers. -He DID end the bloodiest war in human history, which counts for something. Also, I personally believe that it's a good thing the world saw what these weapons could do before the Cold War started.
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Level 82
Oct 1, 2018
Well there is the entire rebuilding the countries of the vanquished thing and ensuring that they were readily integrated into world ranks. The establishment of NATO to ensure that the Soviets didn't take over the rest of Western Europe. The entire Marshall Plan/Truman Doctorine thingy. The integration of federal facilities and the military. While the use of the A Bombs is not a good thing most historians agree that without that them there would have likely been just as many if not more causalities with an Japanese invasion and a war that would have lasted several more years. Unfortunately during war you don't always have perfect options.
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Level 80
Oct 1, 2018
I don't agree with the use of the atomic bombs at all and I don't believe they saved any lives (though they did kill hundreds of thousands of civilians), but Truman did have some other accomplishments under his belt. Jackson, while he signed the Indian Removal Act, also was responsible for expanding suffrage to non-property owners, the most significant expansion of voting rights in the country up until women's suffrage almost 100 years later.
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Level 55
Oct 1, 2018
Japan wasn't going to surrender anytime soon, and most of their citizens were brainwashed. Many of them had their brooms shaved to a point in case of an American invasion.
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Level 80
Oct 1, 2018
and that American invasion was absolutely necessary because.... ?
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Level 66
Jun 25, 2019
The dropping of the two atomic bombs were in many ways justified. Perhaps you should do a bit more research.
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Level 80
Jul 5, 2019
Almost all of those justifications that you would find if you went looking for them were cooked up in the days and years immediately following the event, and are mostly baloney.
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Level 66
Apr 3, 2020
To minimise American military casualties and shorten the span of the war, knowing the Japanese military doctrine of fighting to the death and kamikaze attacks, show of power to the Soviet Union, justify spending $28 billion (current dollars) and manpower of 130,000 on the Manhattan Project and the production of three costly atomic bombs (one which was detonated in a test).
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Level 80
Apr 6, 2020
yep, those are among the BS arguments invented in the time after the bombs were dropped.
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Level 66
Apr 13, 2020
Which are factual. I learned about them in History class.
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Level 80
Jun 15, 2020
Factual BS? Interesting. I guess if it was read inside a classroom it must be true.
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Level 80
Oct 1, 2018
If anyone is interested but lazy, Obama is ranked 11th best. George W Bush is ranked 32nd, Nixon is 33rd, and Trump is 44th (dead last, the first president in 150 years to unseat Buchanan for last place)
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Level 80
Oct 1, 2018
Reagan is 16th, Clinton is 18th, George HW Bush is 22nd, Carter is 27th.
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Level 55
Oct 1, 2018
Surprised Hoover isn't last
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Level 80
Oct 1, 2018
34th right after Nixon, 10 places above Trump.
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Level 72
Nov 18, 2018
You really have achieved something when you‘re ranked worse than Buchanan
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Level 59
Nov 28, 2018
My guess is that Trump will remain last for the rest of American history.
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Level 60
Dec 1, 2018
Let's hope so. I can't imagine how anyone could be worse.
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Level 69
Nov 28, 2018
I'm amazed that Jackson is as high as he is. Everything I remember about him from US history classes puts him on my shortlist for worst president.
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Level 66
Jun 25, 2019
But Trump is a grate President!
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Level 37
Aug 9, 2019
^ Yeah, he grates alright!
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Level 66
Apr 3, 2020
He's done lots of great things. Reduced tensions with Korea, North, increased economic growth, prison reform act, illegal immigration greatly declined, et cetera.
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Level 80
Apr 12, 2020
Trump did nothing to decrease tensions with North Korea. The South Koreans deserve any and all credit for that, the only thing Trump did was delay the progress that they were making.
Trump did not increase economic growth. If you look at the growth of the economy the positive trend lines all go back to the Obama administration and did not change when Trump assumed office. And now, thank to his monumentally inept handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, something that he actually did play a direct role in (often presidents are given credit or blame for a good or bad economy that they don't deserve, but this was 100% Trump), damage to the US economy is going to be worse than anywhere else on the planet.
Illegal immigration actually greatly INCREASED during the Trump administration. Where are you getting your "facts" from? Though Trump has increased the number of kids separated from their parents and put in cages and other forms of cruelty this hasn't actually worked.
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Level 66
Apr 13, 2020
Several sources including CNBC and Politico report fewer border arrests (metric for illegal crossings) than before. Economy had been faring well under Trump administration prior to COVID pandemic, with fairly steady economic growth, and tensions with the North have decreased under same administration. Dow Jones has reached record high levels, lowest unemployment rates in five decades, and lowest ever recorded from Black, Hispanic and Asians. However, legal immigration has also declined, and the administration may not be handling the pandemic response as well as they should have and could have acted quicker and earlier. Some interesting statistics regarding economy.
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Level 80
Jun 15, 2020
Those statistics are interesting and I'm aware of them. Follow your last link and it's easy to see all of those positive economic trends began under Obama. And in spite of Trump's efforts to undo everything good that was done by the previous administration, he couldn't completely derail us, so solid was the footing the country was already on. But where are those metrics now? And what's happening to the national debt? Want to guess where they're going to be in the near future?
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Level 65
Oct 1, 2018
Andrew Jackson? ANDREW JACKSON made this list? Mr. Trail-of-Tears, Imma-hit-people-with-a-cane Andrew Jackson? Actually what? JFK's not great, either. Just handsome and dead.
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Level 81
Oct 1, 2018
If you look at the sources, some go back over 50 years and most are dominated by old white guys. (I include myself in that category so no disrespect intended, just recognition of inherent biases.) As the composition of the history profession changes, these evaluations will change. I would bet good money that views on people like Jackson and Hayes decline while views on others such as LBJ improve. In addition, there's a recency bias--expect Kennedy, and maybe Eisenhower, to decline.
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Level 80
Apr 9, 2019
handsome and dead still an improvement over what we've got currently.
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Level 66
Apr 3, 2020
That's all you know about JFK? Handsome and dead? Do you know of any accomplishments he had made during his (short) presidency?
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Level 74
Oct 1, 2018
Thank God Reagan isn't on this list. That would be depressing.
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Level 80
Oct 1, 2018
He's much higher on the list than he really ought to be, and his deification cult doesn't seem to be losing strength or influence so he might climb higher still.
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Level 72
Oct 1, 2018
I subconsciously hoped that Coolidge would be on there.
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Level 55
Oct 1, 2018
I love Coolidge so much, my top five are: 1. Lincoln 2. FDR 3. Coolidge 4. JFK 5. Roosevelt
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Level 68
Oct 1, 2018
Me, too! I would have ranked Coolidge quite high. Sorry he didn't make the list, certainly over Jackson and Wilson and Kennedy. I would have ranked him after Lincoln, Jefferson, maybe Washington. Would like to have seen McKinley represented, maybe over either of the Roosevelts. Ah, well.
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Level 60
Oct 2, 2018
Polk is under-rated, He should be ahead of Jackson for sure. Kennedy handled the Cuban Missile Crisis reasonably well, what he really botched was the Bay of Pigs. JFK is over-rated based not only because he was assassinated, but because he was young and good looking and had a pretty wife. I think Obama and Clinton will both rise in the ranks over time.
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Level 81
Oct 3, 2018
It's always amazing when fools rate a current or most recent ex-President as worst or best EVER!!!!!!exclamation point!!!!!! Ask them to name all 44 people and they get sarcastic. If you truly think someone in your short political memory is the best 1 of 44 in 230 years of politics you should be able to give a positive and negative assessment of each Presidency to qualify your ranking, no?
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Level 80
Oct 3, 2018
I could list all the reasons why Trump is worse than *any* president in US history, including Buchanan, and Hoover, and Nixon, and Tyler, and Taylor, and Harrison, and Harding, and Pierce, and Fillmore, and Johnson, and Bush Jr, and Carter, and any other you could name. But it would take a while. Normally I would agree with you... most of the time when people rate the current president as best or worst they simply have no idea what they're talking about and know nothing about any presidential term from more than 40 or 50 years ago. But, in this case, presidential historians who actually *do* know agree with my assessment.
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Level 81
Aug 25, 2019
Gut feeling just screams Trump near the top of the list even if I couldn't name another President. He does have some massive competition on presidential policy, but on infantilism it seems like he should be a clear winner even over 3-year old absolute monarchs. That's my brash assessment. My honest one is that I am not in any position to say.
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Level 61
Jul 25, 2020
Before 2020, I think I would've resisted putting Trump in dead last--definitely among the worst few, but not dead last. This is mostly because Trump, unlike Buchanan and many of the other worst Presidents, didn't have a major crisis to deal with in the first 3 years of his Presidency. This changed when corona hit. Trump's complete incompetence right now though and his inability to stop tens of thousands of deaths with even simple measures that a 10-year-old could come up with definitely merits putting him in last place. I think basically any other President would be more effective in dealing with this than Trump. At this point, the title of "worst President" might not even be enough to describe how bad of a President he is.
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Level 80
Aug 4, 2020
a valid position to take but I would approach it differently. I would say what makes a president good or bad is how he handles whatever hand he is dealt. Trump got handed the country when it was in extremely good shape and had few major crises to deal with (until he created some). Would Washington, Lincoln, Buchanan or Harding have done better or worse in this situation? I think that's the real measure of whether a president is good or bad.
Trump is more corrupt than Harding, more inept and less engaged in fulfilling his duties than Pierce, a bigger failure than Hoover, a bigger liar and much worse crook than Nixon, a bigger jerk than Polk or Jackson, worse at international trade and more given to praising war criminals than Harrison, more egotistical and stubborn than Johnson, a bigger threat to democracy and civil liberties than Bush or Lincoln, worse at handling natural disasters than Bush, just as bad on minority rights as Jackson, even more of a corporate shill than Reagan,
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Level 80
Aug 4, 2020
worse about crony capitalism and shredding the Constitution than Bush, more indifferent to human suffering than McKinley, a bigger fan of concentration camps than McKinley or Roosevelt, more paranoid and backstabbing and more of a just all around horrible person than Nixon, worse cabinet than Harding, more needlessly divisive than Buchanan, and far far stupider than Bush Jr or Harding.

There are very few ways that Trump is not worse than *every* president that preceded him in *every* way. The only ones I can think of are that he isn't quite as racist as Wilson or Andrew Johnson, and not quite as gung ho about carpet bombing foreign countries as Truman, Roosevelt, Nixon, or LBJ.
and most of these things could have been seen as far back as 2017 if not 2016.
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Level 71
Oct 7, 2018
Beyond naming the top five, all others are subjective. I would put Washington as #1 (led the Revolution and made sure the President was not given a lifetime appointment like a king); Jefferson second (Declaration of Independence); Madison third (one of the main framers of the Constitution); Lincoln fourth (tends to be overrated); FDR fifth for getting us through WWII (but ready to kick him out for the bank-breaking social security system). JFK would never be that high if he had lived. He was actually an ineffectual president. With Madison in and JFK out, the rest of the top ten are fine.
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Level 65
Nov 28, 2018
Yeah, but Madison started the ill-advised War of 1812, he got the White House burned down by the British for his efforts, Also, nobody in British North America would have welcomed American management at any time.
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Level 58
Nov 28, 2018
Leading the revolution was something he did before he was president.
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Level 67
Nov 29, 2018
You're including things Washington, Jefferson, and Madison did before they were President, which really isn't germane to a list ranking how they did as President. Washington is ranked high because he had to make it all up as he went along, and because he set the important precedent of stepping down after two terms, among other things. Jefferson did write the Declaration but it's not like he came up with all of it himself, and that was nearly a quarter century before he was President. Madison did a lot of work on the Constitution and was also a huge champion for the Bill of Rights (once he was convinced by others of their importance, anyway). But he also got the country into a war that not only resulted in the capital being burned, but the only reason we didn't lose is because the British were busy fighting Napoleon at the same time.
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Level 67
Nov 29, 2018
As for Lincoln, he broke and bent some laws such as suspending the writ of habeus corpus, but he did so to hold the country together through its absolute darkest times. He also took the first step toward eliminating slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation, even if that was partially politically motivated to keep European nations from supporting the Confederacy and to encourage slaves to rebel. And he managed it despite having some truly boneheaded military leaders to work with.
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Level 42
Nov 28, 2018
Haha I tried type Trump :'D :'D
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Level 68
Nov 28, 2018
Did you succeed?
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Level 81
Aug 25, 2019
You have something on the corner of your mouth. Or is it half a mustache?
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Level 48
Nov 28, 2018
Jackson was a bad president. He was the cause of the economic troubles under Van Buren, and the Trail of Tears fiasco goes without saying.
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Level 64
Nov 28, 2018
he does not deserve to be on the $20 nor celebrated as one of the best presidents of this nation. this is just embarrasing to our country.
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Level 54
Nov 28, 2018
Well, we can't forget about FDR's Supreme Court packing scheme.
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Level 66
Nov 28, 2018
Andrew Jackson implemented the trail of tears, which resulted in human suffering, deaths of Native Americans who lived in an area of North America before Europeans invaded their lands and purposefully killed them. He doesn’t deserve to have his name on this list.
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Level 65
Nov 28, 2018
The fact that Reagan is not on the list shows those who were surveyed are extreme liberals. While Lincoln saved America, Reagan saved the world from Communism. Also he restored the US economy and gave us 25 incredible years of growth. I would argue Reagan should be #1. No President has an impressive of a record both domestically and internationally.
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Level 80
Nov 28, 2018
lol
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Level 77
Nov 28, 2018
I'd just read your comment about the Reagan diefication cult from further up the the thread, and lo and behold, here they come!
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Level 67
Nov 29, 2018
Not even the most generous interpretation of Reagan's economic policies could claim 25 years of growth. The US experienced several recessions between 1980-2005, aside from the fact that his trickle-down theory of economics has been completely and utterly debunked. His administration also illegally sold weapons to Iran, then used the proceeds to fund rebels in Nicaragua.
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Level 29
Nov 28, 2018
I disagree with most of the list
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Level 80
Nov 29, 2018
Taft fan?
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Level 21
Nov 29, 2018
I mean when Jackson was president, it was the only time America wasn"t in debt.
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Level 21
Nov 29, 2018
wasn't*
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Level 57
Nov 30, 2018
Not much longer til President Trump gets on that list! MAGA
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Level 80
Nov 30, 2018
He's already on the list. Check the source. He is dead last. 44th. Worst president in history.
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Level 65
Dec 3, 2018
But he probably ranks first in gold toilets. So...that's something.
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Level 80
Apr 24, 2019
He is a gold toilet. Or at least an orange one.
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Level 36
Dec 1, 2018
Woodrow Wilson led our country through WW1.
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Level 43
Dec 1, 2018
Trump should be on the list.
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Level 80
Dec 3, 2018
He's on the list. He's in last place. 44th. Worst president in history. Check the source.
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Level 61
Dec 3, 2018
"Maybe people won't comment with the mindset that their opinion is objectively, indisputably correct affording them the license to act with a wholly undeserved sense of moral authority used to admonish others!" - What I naively thought to myself before reading the comments.
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Level 80
Dec 3, 2018
no you didn't
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Level 61
Dec 4, 2018
Um, yes I did. But thanks.
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Level 80
Apr 9, 2019
We don't believe you.
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Level 42
Dec 5, 2018
Totally bogus. Only four or five of those listed deserve to be here. Kennedy: seriously? He was President for less than three years, and a notorious womanizer. Truman: for what? Dropping the nukes? Jackson: C'mon, man ... missing: at least Madison, Monroe, Reagan, Bush 41
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Level 47
Dec 7, 2018
Eisenhower definitely belongs. Great years when he was President(1953-1961). Great music-great movies-great TV. Growing up in the 50's, in New York, was great. Oh did I mention great baseball. Lived in NYC, where you see Mantle, Mays, and Snider.
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Level 61
Jul 25, 2020
I don't think a President should be ranked based on the fact that they are President in the "best years." After all, America was in a very bad place in the both the 1860s and the 1930s, and Lincoln and FDR are still the two best Presidents. However, I still agree Eisenhower was a great President--see my answer below.
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Level 32
Mar 4, 2019
This quiz should just be Nixon! We all know that Richard Nixon was our best president. He did so much for our country! EPA, Title IX, 26 Amendment, end of American involvement in the Vietnam War, Chinese relations, Russian relations, and he was president during the moon landing! Watergate never actually happened! #Nixon2020
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Level 71
Mar 4, 2019
Um, Nixon died
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Level 71
Mar 4, 2019
And last time I czeched, a dead person can't run for president
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Level 47
Sep 11, 2020
lol
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Level 47
Sep 11, 2020
#Washington2020
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Level 37
Apr 6, 2019
Nixon resigned in August, 1974; the Vietnam war ended in 1975. Nevertheless, I believe that he was an underrated president. In a few years, we might begin to appreciate his accomplishments (defrosting relationship with China, for instance). Also. Lyndon Johnson should definitely be here; not only did he complete the programs JFK intended to implement, he created his own (the Great Society). Another underrated president whom history will, hopefully recognize as such.
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Level 80
Apr 9, 2019
Nixon was a criminal who resigned in scandal and disgrace. Though his polling numbers have improved slightly since 1974, it's not by very much. In 1982 he was ranked 34th, in the last poll they did he was ranked 29th, in aggregate he is currently 32nd. He did some good, and he was a pretty smart guy, but still a very poor president who openly abused his power and should have gone to jail.
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Level 23
Apr 11, 2019
Where is Ronald Reagan
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Level 83
Apr 16, 2019
#17
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Level 55
Aug 26, 2019
Simi Valley, CA. He regrets that he couldn't be here today and sends his best wishes.
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Level 42
Aug 25, 2019
I have learned more about the American presidents from this feed than I have from decades of american history peeking through canadian social studies textbooks, so thanks folks for the spirited and informational debate :) :) :)
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Level 55
Aug 26, 2019
If nothing else, we should all recognize by now how flawed our presidents (and all of us) have been. Every one of them deserves condemnation on one count or another. You just have to weigh the good they did against the bad. I wish Garfield had lived. Could have been a great one.
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Level 83
Aug 26, 2019
Trump deserves condemnation on almost all accounts.
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Level 83
Jun 17, 2020
Actually scratch that. Not almost all. He deserves ALL condemnation thrown at him.
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Level 80
Jul 5, 2020
Once in a while he gets accused of being racist or misogynist for specific actions when he is not being either of those things when performing those specific actions. This actually happens a lot, which I find frustrating, because I think it produces a sort of "boy who cried wolf" phenomena. For example, if Trump calls poor countries "s*$%hole countries," because they are poor, and everyone in the media goes crazy calling this remark racist, when it so obviously is not... that's going to make it that much harder to convince people that Trump IS being racist in other instances when he actually is.
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Level 83
Jul 25, 2020
I guess that’s a fair point. I’ll revert back to my original statement.
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Level 71
Aug 26, 2019
Alternatively known as "Every president during a war"
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Level 80
Sep 1, 2019
Though Washington, Eisenhower, and Jackson made names for themselves in the military, they were peacetime presidents. Jefferson was president during the first war the US was ever involved in after independence, but his term is not remembered for that reason. The only war that Kennedy was involved with was a deeply unpopular one; that's also not the reason why he's on the list.
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Level 44
Aug 26, 2019
I'm a liberal but jesus where the hell is Reagan? Also... Andrew Jackson belongs on the top 10 worst.
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Level 80
Sep 4, 2019
16th. Respectable, and probably higher than he ought to be.
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Level 61
May 7, 2020
Got 9. Not bad for a european. Almost stopped typing Wilson when i remembered the Versailles treatment. Surprised about Truman. Didn`t get him. Jackson was just dumb luck. Remebered him because I`ve heard he is on a dollar note.
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Level 61
Jul 25, 2020
I think Eisenhower is underrated--he was responsible for federal enforcement of school integration, the creation of a Federal highway system, the foundation of NASA, a drastic increase in funding for universities, the expansion of Social Security, the end of the Korean War, and the appointment of Earl Warren (easily one of America's best Chief Justices) to the Court. I also respect that he spent his last moments as President criticizing the "military-industrial complex." If I had my way, I'd place him 5th right behind Teddy Roosevelt. I'd also replace JFK with LBJ in 10th place for passing many reforms on healthcare, poverty, and civil rights (and who I'd rank higher if not for his role in Vietnam). Jackson is definitely one of the worst Presidents and doesn't deserve to be even close to this list. Wilson I don't think was that bad of a President but I'd also take him off because of his racism.
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Level 80
Aug 4, 2020
Wilson and Jackson both get attacked a lot these days for being racists but they were actually good presidents.
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Level 72
Sep 14, 2020
How is this featured? I've been taking quizzes for a long time on this site and this seems like the strangest featured quiz. Usually "opinion based" quizzes actually have the poll stated in the instructions. This one is according to "a poll." Seems weird.
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Level 80
Sep 15, 2020
It's based on an aggregate of many polls taken over the course of decades. It's not an opinion quiz and not really that strange. It's basically a quiz on which presidents are considered the best by historians.
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Level 80
Sep 15, 2020
Though the quiz description doesn't state that... so your confusion may be warranted if you hadn't looked at the comments and seen the link I posted above.