C-SPAN survey ranks Obama No. 12 in presidential rankings
WASHINGTON – Former President Barack Obama was ranked as the nation’s 12th best president, according to a C-SPAN survey of historians.
The survey, which was released Friday, is C-SPAN’s third Historians Survey of Presidential Leadership. The results of C-SPAN’s first two surveys were released in 2000 and 2009.
The survey asks 91 presidential historians to rank the 43 former Presidents of the United States on ten attributes of leadership.
According to C-SPAN, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt kept their top five status. Dwight Eisenhower moved to the top five for the first time in the 2017 study.
Barack Obama entered the survey for the first time the #12 position, boosted by top scores for “Pursued Equal Justice for All.”
George W. Bush also moved up in the rankings, jumping three spots to #33.
Participants were asked to rank presidents from a scale of one to ten on ten qualities of presidential leadership: public persuasion, crisis leadership, economic management, moral authority, international relations, administrative skills, relationship with congress, vision/setting an agenda, pursued equal justice for all, and performance within context of his times.