Worst Presidents: A Survey of Major Polls

U.S. News examines five polls and determines the 13 lowest scoring presidents.

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Ten points awarded to the lowest president on any list; nine to the second-lowest and so on

President C-SPAN, 1999 Wall Street Journal, 2005 Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., 1996 Siena Poll, 2002 Ridings-McIver Poll, 1996 Total Points Place
James Buchanan 10 10 9 9 9 47 1
Warren G. Harding 7 9 10 8 10 44 2
Andrew Johnson 9 7 8 10 8 42 3
Franklin Pierce 8 8 4 7 6 31 4
Millard Fillmore 4 6 2 6 5 23 5
John Tyler 5 5 3 5 3 21 6
Ulysses S. Grant 2 0 5 3 7 17 7
William Harrison 6 0 0 4 4 14 8
Herbert Hoover 3 1 6 0 0 10 T-9
Richard Nixon 0 2 7 0 1 10 T-9
Zachary Taylor 0 3 0 2 0 5 10
Jimmy Carter 0 4 0 0 0 4 11
Calvin Coolidge 0 0 1 0 2 3 12
James Garfield 0 0 0 1 0 1 T-13
Chester Arthur 1 0 0 0 0 1 T-13