The 2018 Presidents And Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey of 170 Political Scientists, which showed Donald Trump at the bottom of the list, and only four places higher in the view of conservatives and Republicans, also shows several Presidents rated quite differently than in the 2017 C Span Presidential Poll of Presidential Scholars just a year ago.
Thomas Jefferson is fifth in the Political Scientist poll, ahead of Harry Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower, while Ike rated fifth and Truman sixth ahead of Jefferson in seventh place in the C Span Poll.
John F. Kennedy is knocked out of the top ten, all the way down to 16th in the Political Scientist poll, with Barack Obama taking his place as 8th, so a big drop for JFK, and a dramatic rise for Obama from 12 to 8.
James Madison went from 16th in the first poll to a ranking now of 12th, just behind Woodrow Wilson, who is steadily in 11th place.
Bill Clinton went from 15th place in the C Span poll to 13th in the Political Scientist poll.
John Adams went from 19th to 14th, a dramatic rise from a year ago.
Andrew Jackson went from 18th to 15th, after having suffered a drop in the 2009 C Span Poll from 13th.
George H. W. Bush went from 20th a year ago to 17th this year.
James Monroe went from 13th a year ago to 18th this year.
William McKinley went from 16th a year ago to 19th this year.
James K. Polk dropped dramatically from 14th last year to 20th this year.
Ulysses S. Grant remained elevated, having gone from 33rd in 2000 to 23rd in 2009 to 22nd in 2017, and now 21st this year.
Martin Van Buren rose dramatically from 34th last year to 27th this year.
Rutherford B. Hayes rose from 32nd last year to 29th this year.
George W. Bush rose from 36th in 2009 to 33rd in 2017, and now to 30th in 2018.
Richard Nixon dropped from 28th in 2017 to 33rd in 2018.
Of course, these kinds of differences in polls is understandable, with the different combination of scholars in each poll.
But some of these statistics stick out, particularly the dramatic rise of Barack Obama, James Madison, John Adams, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush; and the dramatic drop of John F. Kennedy, James Monroe, James K. Polk, and Richard Nixon.
The long range likelihood is that these dramatic changes will not, necessarily, last and may even reverse themselves, with the exception of Barack Obama and John F. Kennedy, and also Ulysses S. Grant, and this will be analyzed further in future postings soon.