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Donald Trump ranked worst U.S. president of all time by 200 top political scientists

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 2018-02-20 Tom Powell

Donald J. Trump wearing a suit and tie © Provided by Independent Print Limited Donald Trump has been voted the worst president in US history by nearly 200 top political scientists.

The current leader comes in last place out of 44 in the 2018 Presidents & Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey.

Abraham Lincoln was voted the best president of all time, while the disgraced Richard Nixon came in at 33.

The study, conducted once every four years, asks researchers from the American Political Science Association to rank each president’s greatness on a scale of 0 to 100, with 0 representing total failure and 100 for greatness.

Mr Trump’s average score of 12.4 saw him move below James Buchanan, the president who led the US into civil war.

His predecessor Barack Obama jumped up ten places to eighth, while George W Bush also climbed five places to 30th.

The top seven presidents remained unchanged from 2014, with Mr Lincoln followed by George Washington, Franklin D Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower.

The researchers rated Mr Trump as the “most polarising” president.

After just a year in office he has already sparked huge controversy by pulling the US out of the Paris climate change agreement, officially recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and enacting a so-called “travel ban” on seven mainly Muslim countries.


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