The 10 Worst Presidents

It's too soon to judge the current one, but for past presidents, the verdict is in. U.S. News has averaged the results of five polls to make a slideshow of the worst chief executives. The years before the Civil War produced an era of failure: Six of seven presidents who served from 1841 to 1861 made the list.


Introduction: Is there a scholarly consensus on who America's worst chief executives are?


A Look at the Polls: How did U.S. News determine its list of the 10 worst presidents?


An Update: A 2010 survey ranks Barack Obama as the 15th best president and George W. Bush among the worst.


Find Out Who Made the List


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