7 worst US presidents since WW2 - what about Donald Trump?

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Based off a January 2017 Quinnipiac University survey, here are the seven worst US presidents since the Second World War.

Respondents to the Quinnipiac poll (1,190) were asked to choose which president they felt had performed the worst. They were also asked to pick who they thought had been the best president since the end of the War.

Of those who were picked as the worst performing presidents, here are the seven worst:


 7. Lyndon B. Johnson

Johnson was JFK’s vice president and only became president when Kennedy was killed. He completed another term after finishing Kennedy’s, but declined to stand for a second full term after that. A total of 3% of respondents picked him as the worst president.

6. Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton is sandwiched between two Bush presidents having served in the top job from 1993 – 2000. In the poll, 4% of respondents picked this Democrat as the wort US president since the war.

5. Ronald Reagan

Regan is known for having pushed a radical “Reaganomics” agenda of tax-cuts and free-markets. A total of 5% picked him.

4. Jimmy Carter

This one term Democratic president served between Gerald Ford and Ronald Regan. He is still alive today, and was picked by one in ten respondents as the worst US president since the war.

3. George W. Bush

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George W. Bush resided in the Oval Office for the eight years before Barack Obama came to power. He is known for the War on Terror, and the Great Recession, which occurred at the end of 2007 and start of 2008. A striking 22% of respondents said he was the worst US president since the war.

2. Barack Obama

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Interestingly, almost one in four respondents picked America’s most recent Democratic president (23%). It is worth noting that the poll was conducted in the first handful of days of Donald Trump’s term. One of his principle legacies is Obamacare, which has been a divisive issue in US politics to say the least.

1. Richard Nixon

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It’s easy to imagine why 24% of Americans picked Nixon. This Republican president performed well in his first term and won his second term with every state bar Massachusetts voting in his favour. However, the Watergate crisis brought Nixon’s time in power to a dramatic end, forcing him to resign from power and paving the way for his VP Gerald Ford to take over.

Where should Donald Trump fit in?


Best presidents since WW2

It is also worth noting that when voters were asked to pick who they thought had been the best president since the war, Ronald Reagan topped the list with 30% while Barack Obama came in second with 29% showing how divisive a president he has arguably been. JFK, who received less than one percent in the worst presidents question, came in third in the best presidents question with 12%.


The full results of the poll can be viewed here.