American Presidents

A Site to Complement C-SPAN's 20th Anniversary Television Series, American Presidents: Life Portraits
March-December 1999
C-SPAN Survey
of Presidential Leadership

Viewer Survey Results Category:
Public Persuasion

President's Name
Final Score 
 Category Ranking
 Overall Ranking
1. George Washington
93.7
1
2
2. Abraham Lincoln
92.9
2
1
3. Theodore Roosevelt
86.1
3
3
4. Thomas Jefferson
85.1
4
5
5. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
84.3
5
4
6. Harry S. Truman
80.7
6
7
7. Ronald Reagan
79.6
7
6
8. Dwight D. Eisenhower
73.3
8
8
9. James Monroe
72
9
9
10. James Madison
71.4
10
10
11. Andrew Jackson
70.8
11
14
12. John Adams
70.6
12
11
13. Woodrow Wilson
68.4
13
13
14. John F. Kennedy
67
14
12
15. James K. Polk
66.3
15
17
16. George Bush
64
16
16
17. John Quincy Adams
63.3
17
15
18. William McKinley
59.8
18
18
19. Grover Cleveland
57.1
19
21
20. Calvin Coolidge
56.4
20
22
21. Gerald Ford
56
21
23
22. Lyndon Baines Johnson
55.9
22
19
23. Richard Nixon
53.5
23
20
24. William Howard Taft
53.4
24
24
25. Rutherford B. Hayes
51.3
25
26
26. Zachary Taylor
50
26
25
27. Martin Van Buren
49.8
27
30
28. James Garfield
49.6
28
28
29. Ulysses S. Grant
49
29
29
30. John Tyler
48.2
30
32
31. Benjamin Harrison
47.8
31
31
32. Jimmy Carter
46.8
32
27
33. Chester Arthur
46.4
33
34
34. William Henry Harrison
43.7
34
35
35. Andrew Johnson
43.3
35
38
36. Herbert Hoover
42.9
36
33
37. Bill Clinton
42.8
37
36
38. Millard Fillmore
42.4
38
37
39. Franklin Pierce
38.4
39
39
40. Warren G. Harding
34.2
40
40
41. James Buchanan
33.5
41
41
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