Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Poll: Grover better than most other presidents


The Siena College Research Institute has released a new poll of historians ranking the 43 presidents. The top five are F.D. Roosevelt, T. Roosevelt, Lincoln, Washington, and Jefferson. Truman came in ninth. Andrew Johnson ranked last. (Click here to see the complete list.)

As is usual in these rankings, Grover is in the middle of the pack, ranking twentieth. Here's how the historians ranked him by category (from 1st to 43rd):

1. Background (family, education, experience) 19
2. Party leadership 16
3. Communication ability (speak, write) 17
4. Relationship with Congress 15
5. Court appointments 17
6. Handling of U.S. economy 22
7. Luck 20
8. Ability to compromise 19
9. Willing to take risks 24
10. Executive appointments 18
11. Overall ability 20
12. Imagination 22
13. Domestic accomplishments 17
14. Integrity 19
15. Executive ability 17
16. Foreign policy accomplishments 21
17. Leadership ability 19
18. Intelligence 25
19. Avoid crucial mistakes 14
20. Expert's present overall view 19