For all Presidential followers, including scholars and specialists in the American Presidency and Presidential history, today is a great day, as C-Span announced its Presidential Historians Survey results for 2021!
It will take time to analyze the results, but a few points stand out:
Barack Obama went up from 12th to 10th in the overall listings.
Donald Trump ended up tied for 42nd out of 44, with Franklin Pierce, with only James Buchanan at 44 and Andrew Johnson at 43 below him.
Woodrow Wilson slipped from 11th to 13th as he continues to decline in overall rankings.
Andrew Jackson slipped dramatically from 18th to 22nd, and is now just in the middle of the overall rankings.
James K. Polk slipped from 14th to 18th, a continued decline in overall rankings.
John Adams and John Quincy Adams both rose four points from earlier rankings.
Bill Clinton dropped from 15th to 19th, a dramatic decline after having risen in earlier rankings.
Jimmy Carter ended up tied with James A. Garfield at 26th, and in the “battle” of Gerald Ford vs Carter, Carter came out ahead for the third time in the four C-Span surveys, in 2000, 2008 along with 2021, with Ford ahead in 2017.