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Political 'experts' rate Biden as 14th-best president of all time — ahead of Ronald Reagan — and rate Trump as the worst
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Political 'experts' rate Biden as 14th-best president of all time — ahead of Ronald Reagan — and rate Trump as the worst

Scholars and "experts" are trying to give President Joe Biden a rare polling victory.

The 2024 Presidential Greatness Project Expert Survey, conducted from Nov. 15 to Dec. 3, polled more 150 historians and American political science scholars — so-called "experts" in their field of research — and asked them to rate each president on a scale of "0-100 for their overall greatness." The lower the score, the worse the president; the higher the score, the better.

Here is how the scholars ranked the top-five U.S. presidents, followed by their average "greatness" score:

  1. Abraham Lincoln: 93.87
  2. Franklin Delano Roosevelt: 90.83
  3. George Washington: 90.32
  4. Theodore Roosevelt: 78.58
  5. Thomas Jefferson: 77.53

And to the absolute shock of no one, the group of professional academics said Donald Trump is the worst president in U.S. history, giving him an average score of 10.92.

But to the surprise of nearly everyone, these scholars listed Biden as the 14th-best president in American history, with an average score of 62.66.

That means they believe Biden is a better president than Ronald Reagan — who won the most lopsided Electoral College victory in 1984 — and George H.W. Bush, Ulysses Grant, Woodrow Wilson, Andrew Jackson, James Monroe, William McKinley, and James Polk, all of whom are historically recognized as above-average presidents.

The survey, unfortunately, did not include the experts' justification. Thus, it remains unclear why they rated Biden as one of the best modern presidents despite being one of the most unpopular presidents in post-depression American history, even more unpopular at this point in his presidency than Trump was in February 2020.

Justin Vaughn and Brandon Rottinghaus, the professors who conducted the survey, suggested that Biden's signature achievement is getting Trump out of office.

"Biden's most important achievements may be that he rescued the presidency from Trump, resumed a more traditional style of presidential leadership and is gearing up to keep the office out of his predecessor’s hands this fall," they wrote in an essay for the Los Angeles Times.

The results, for many people, perfectly demonstrate the growing rot and unseriousness — not to mention liberal drift — of American academia.

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Chris Enloe

Chris Enloe

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Chris is a staff writer for Blaze News. He resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. You can reach him at cenloe@blazemedia.com.
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