In Pictures: Every U.S. President Ranked From Best to Worst

Abraham Lincoln
Each U.S. president was ranked out of 100 as part of a survey by the American Political Science Association. Abraham Lincoln, who was in office from March 1861 until his assassination on April 15, 1865, tops the list with a ranking of 95.03 out of 100. Public Domain

The 2018 Presidents and Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey, which ranks presidents from best to worst, was based on responses from 170 current and recent members of a section of the American Political Science Association, an organization of social science experts. Each U.S. president was ranked out of 100 as part of this survey.

On the other side, one president scored just over 12 points, coming in dead last among U.S. commanders-in-chief in an expert rankings survey released on President's Day.

The survey also asked which president should join Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt on Mt. Rushmore. 

Franklin Delano Roosevelt comes in first, by a wide margin. 164 respondents provided answers to this question, with nearly two-thirds (65.9%) of them selecting Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This is up from 2014 study, when Franklin Roosevelt was selected by 64% of that study’s respondents. He is followed by Barack Obama (7.3%), Ronald Reagan (4.9%), Dwight Eisenhower and James Madison (tied with 3.7% each), Lyndon Johnson (2.4%), and William McKinley (1.8%).

Check the complete slideshow to see how all US presidents are ranked.

02 George Washington
2. George Washington, 1789-1797, scored 92.59. Public Domain
03 FDR
3. Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933-1945, scored 89.09. AFP, Getty Images
04 Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909, scored 81.39. Hulton Archive, Getty Images
05 Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson, 1801–1809, scored 79.54. Public Domain
06 Harry Truman
Harry Truman, 1945-1953, scored 75.15. Public Domain
07 Dwight Eisenhower
Dwight Eisenhower, 1953-1961, scored 74.03 rating. M. McNeill, Fox Photos, Getty Images
08 Obama
Barack Obama, 2009-2017, scored 71.13. Dominick Reuter, AFP, Getty Images
09 Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan, 1981-1989, scored 69.29. Joe Marquette, Reuters
10 Lyndon B Johnson
Lyndon B. Johnson, 1963-1969, scored 69.06. Keystone, Getty Images
11 Woodrow Wilson
Woodrow Wilson, 1913–1921, scored 67.4. Topical Press Agency, Getty Images
12 James Madison
James Madison, 1809-1817, scored 64.48. Public Domain