American Political Science Association Presidential Rankings Survey 2024

APSA Presidential Greatness Poll: Top 10 Presidents In 2024 Survey

The American Political Science Association Presidential Greatness project has published its findings, just in time for Presidents’ Day today.

This is the first in a number of days of discussion of the results.

The top 10 Presidents in the Survey demonstrates the rise of Democratic Presidents, who now number five of the group—with Franklin D. Roosevelt as number 2, behind Abraham Lincoln, surpassing George Washington who is now number 3; Harry Truman remaining number 6; Barack Obama amazingly rising to number 7, the highest he has been on any Presidential scholarly survey; and Lyndon B. Johnson surpassing John F. Kennedy, with Johnson number 9 and Kennedy number 10.

Additionally in the top ten is Truman successor Dwight D. Eisenhower as number 8, making five presidents in a row from FDR through LBJ part of the top ten.

Theodore Roosevelt as number 4 and Thomas Jefferson as number 5 remain consistently in their positions in the top 10.

So besides five Democrats in the top 10, there are three Republicans (Lincoln, TR, Ike), along with Federalist George Washington and Democratic-Republican Jefferson.

New Presidential Rankings Survey 2024 For Presidents’ Day: Food For Thought!

The celebration of Presidents’ Day 2024 brings an updated Presidential Rankings survey conducted by the Presidents and Executive Politics Section Of the American Political Science Association, the third such survey by this group, following earlier such surveys in 2015 and 2018.

Approximately two hundred respondents participated in this poll in the last month and a half of 2023, with them self identifying as Republican, Democratic, Independent, Conservative, Liberal, and Moderate.

For the next few days, this author and blogger will analyze the results of this very revealing assessment, which demonstrates the dramatic differences in scholarly views of the Presidency and the men who have held that position over 235 years of our national history, as compared to past surveys over the years.

This survey was conducted by University of Houston Political Science Professor Brandon Rottinghaus and Coastal Carolina University Political Science Professor Justin Vaughn, and is based on research and analysis of scholars across multiple disciplines whose work engages presidential politics.