American Presidents





C-SPAN Survey
of Presidential Leadership

Historian Survey Results Category:
Crisis Leadership

President's Name
Final Score 
 Category Ranking
 Overall Ranking
1. Abraham Lincoln
98.2
1
1
2. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
97.2
2
2
3. George Washington
92.5
3
3
4. Harry S. Truman
85.9
4
5
5. Theodore Roosevelt
84.8
5
4
6. Woodrow Wilson
79.1
6
6
7. Andrew Jackson
78.9
7
13
8. John F. Kennedy
78.4
8
8
9. James K. Polk
74.5
9
12
10. Dwight D. Eisenhower
73.8
10
9
11. George Bush
67.4
11
20
12. Thomas Jefferson
67.1
12
7
13. John Adams
66.7
13
16
14. William McKinley
64.1
14
15
15. Ronald Reagan
63.2
15
11
16. Grover Cleveland
57.9
16
17
17. Lyndon Baines Johnson
57.8
17
10
18. James Monroe
57.2
18
14
19. James Madison
53.0
19
18
20. Bill Clinton
50.5
20
21
21. John Quincy Adams
49.0
21
19
22. Gerald Ford
47.9
22
23
23. Richard Nixon
47.1
23
25
24. Zachary Taylor
47.0
24
28
25. William Howard Taft
46.3
25
24
26. Rutherford B. Hayes
46.2
26
26
27. Millard Fillmore
42.3
27
35
28. Jimmy Carter
42.3
28
22
29. Chester Arthur
41.6
29
32
30. Ulysses S. Grant
40.8
30
33
31. Calvin Coolidge
40.2
31
27
32. James Garfield
39.2
32
29
33. Benjamin Harrison
38.3
33
31
34. Martin Van Buren
37.4
34
30
35. John Tyler
37.3
35
36
36. William Henry Harrison
30.0
36
37
37. Andrew Johnson
27.6
37
40
38. Warren G. Harding
26.2
38
38
39. Herbert Hoover
24.9
39
34
40. Franklin Pierce
22.7
40
39
41. James Buchanan
18.3
41
41
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