Most Popular Presidents in U.S. History

The Top Ten Most Popular Presidents in U.S. History

1 Barack Obama Barack Hussein Obama II served as the 44th president of the United States of America. He was elected in 2008 after serving in the Senate from 2005-08, beating John McCain and becoming the first African-American to be elected President of the United States. He was elected again in 2012, beating Mitt more.

This President had to face one of the worst economic downturns in the history of the nation. In addition, the opposition party declared that this President would not get any help from the opposition party. This President had this nation number one enemy captured, where his predecessors could not accomplish. This President got a health bill through congress without the help of the opposition party. It is unfortunate that this country is still listening to the wrong parts of the citizens who do not want equity and harmony in this country. President Obama has performed without the opposition being able to hurt him.

1. The first non-white President.
2. Appointed two females to The Supreme Court.
3. Saved the country from a depression.
4. Inherited two unfunded/unnecessary wars.
5. Re-elected with 50% of the popular vote.
6. Forced to work against a race-biased GOP opposition and media.

Nobody said that just because he wasn't white he was a great President, it is just stating the obvious historical significance of his Presidency and the hope it gives to other none white Americans in someday becoming President.
The reasons he was great was because of the reasons also listed - germshep24

This man inherited a bag of garbage from Bush. He has done a marvelous job in his office, considering where he began by having to dig us out of the unbelievable mess Bush left, to say nothing of the opposition from the Republican party and the despicable racism from the American people.

He is the most respectful and has more class than any other president we have ever had.

2 Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis.

The way he handled the civil war, no other would have done that

Hahaaahahaaha! Why is Barack Obama #1? No one likes him and it's not because he's black so anyone who says that I'm racist needs to get a grip of reality and understand that most people don't care about your skin color and they just don't like your personality, sorry. Abraham Lincoln is the person we should look up to for ending racism, not some guy who just happened to be black! Saying that white people who are republicans and don't like Obama are racist, that itself is racist! If we were black you wouldn't be saying that! If only your great great grandparents (if they were slaves) were here now. They'd be thankful that their descendants have all of the equality that they do. They'd be way more thankful for Abraham Lincoln than Barack Obama.

Honestly this whole comment is actually indeed racist, you automatically assume that no one likes him even though he was a descent president that most people did actually like and assumed that everyone says they like him just because he was black which is racist you are discrediting the person deeds as President by saying of course people say they love him because he was black, then to put fire on the flame you have the gull to say that Abraham Lincoln ended racism when he just helped to end slavery, that is ignoring the the next hundred years of racism that had held back African Americans and tried to speak for African Americans. - germshep24

Why is obama number 1 he ruined our country while lincoln saved our country

Sorry, didn't mean to thumb this up.

Obama didn't ruin our country. Bush and Trump did. - KalloFox34

I really like Lincoln, he was my favorite president. He was not perfect at everything but he tried his best his whole life. I couldn't believe he was killed

3 John F. Kennedy John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29th, 1917-November 22, 1963) commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination. The Cuban Missile Crisis, The Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, more.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy knew there were conspiracies within the US government. He was on his way to exposing them. That is why this wonderful man was taken from us so early. As was his brother Bobby whose intentions were the same. To expose the corrupted politicians that sought to destroy our country. He had great dreams for the US, dreams his son wanted to go forth with and yet again he was taken also. There will never be another like JFK.

Truly a world leader, admired not only in his country but all of the world, from Northern Ireland to deepest Africa. JFK was once of a kind and the US will never heal the searing wound that his premature death brought.

A conflicted man for sure but one who despite his privileged life understood the responsibilities of the office as few have since.

I myself believe that JFK was the most Popular P0resident of all Time.

Him a Lincoln, assassinations really bring up the popularity of a President and both were good Presidents - germshep24

4 George Washington George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

If it weren't for him we might still belong to England or at the very least be a commonwealth of England. George is #1 with me.

It's George Washington. He was the first President. How do you not know him?

Washington was the primary founding father of our nation as he led the militia and continental army into crucial battles. Once the war was won, he continued on to be the chairman of the constitutional convention and later the first and only unanimously elected president of the United States. He was considered to be a war hero and demigod among the people allowing him to have ample power to form the union. Being nonpartisan, he led the young country through its early growing pains and left it a more stable institution at the time of his retirement.

George Washington should be number 1. The only president elected unanimously. The president who refused to run for a third term when he was asked in order to ensure a peaceful transfer of power. Without him as president even his enemies didn't think the new nation would have survived. He acted in a nonpartisan manner, for the good of the country as he was very cognizant that the world was watching the American experiment in nation building.

5 Ronald Reagan Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911-2004) was an American politician and actor who was 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989 . Prior to his presidency, he was the 33rd Governor of California from 1967 to 1975, following a career as a Hollywood actor and union leader until his death in 2004

He was the greatest president since not great. In fact, he was one of the worst world leaders of all time. I know I'm going to get people saying, "No, he was a great president, you belong in an asylum," but I find increasing the debt of a nation, bribing terrorists with weapons, and disregarding a disease because your a homophobic jackass to make someone a pretty terrible human being, let alone a president.

Anyone who was an adult during the Reagan years know that he was one of the top 3 best presidents of our history. He left our country a lot safer than he found it, especially after Clinton's ;years of cutting our military down to dangerously low numbers. My goodness folks, this man is responsible for the Berlin Wall coming down.

Sorry, my entire comment didn't post. You said it yourself, if you ask the average American, they will tell you Reagan is best, which is their opinion. Also, most people would say Lincoln, not this jackass.

He was a poor actor and that followed him into the Presidency. Amazing that he ever got elected. I guess his charm won people over...

6 Franklin D. Roosevelt Franklin Delano Roosevelt, commonly known as FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the United States from 1933 to 1945. A Democrat, he won a record four presidential elections and dominated his party for many years as a central figure in world events more.

Fantastic statesman who delivered on his promises; kind-hearted, optimistic, intelligent individual who was also incredibly realistic and pragmatic in difficult circumstances.

He was elected 4 times, no other president has ever been elected 4 times most is 2. Since he was elected 4 times he must be an outstanding president that the people elected him that many times.

He was elected 4 times, no other served the U S that length of time and in that span of time did an outstanding job as President.

He led the entire nation out of America's great depression. I think that says enough about this amazing man.

7 Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. As a leader of the Republican Party during this time, he became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States in the more.

Loves Hunting, Loves Nature. Loves Fighting, Loves The People. A Man who puts up a Republicans spirit and a Democrats Beliefs. This Man is Americana just by looking at him. Both a Veteran and Politician, he freed the common man from the snake that was monopolies, and therefore, A Great Man and President.

An incredibly tough person, who survived an assassination attempt during a campaign speech, and with the bullet lodged against his ribs, still finished up the speech before going to the hospital. A shame we have nobody like that today.

How is Barack Obama ahead of this guy? Anyone ever heard of the Rough Riders? Anyone ever heard of Obama's second-term dictatorship? - Rpemk

Leader who accomplished much. Panama Canal, Our national parks, building up our navy, making the United States a dominant force in the world. Was a likeable, witty person, who told it like it was.

8 Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father who was principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and served as the 3rd President of the United States from 1801-1809. He was born on April 13, 1743, and died on July 4, 1826, on the same day 2nd United States President John Adams died.

Come on, he is the best! Scientist, atheist, smart guy who didn't involved in any shady business, participated in creation of the Bill of Rights, his quotes are inspiring till now,... I could go on forever like this. He is just the best, hands off

Jeez, I hope a lot of the voters on this list are non-Americans, who can be excused for not being familiar with all of the names.
Otherwise, it reflects very poorly on our current educational system.

9 Bill Clinton William Jefferson Clinton (Born August 19th 1946) is an American politician who was the 42nd President of the United States. He previously served as governor of Arkansas. He became president after unseating incumbent president George H.W. Bush in 1992. He was re-elected in 1996 after defeating Senator more.

No disrespect to Ronald Reagan, but how in the world he is ahead of Bill Clinton--how even Clinton is not in first place to begin with is beyond me!

The 90's were pretty good... Bush the senior may have done a few things right economically and deserves a little credit, but Clinton led the country with vision and an even keel. Why do we have to worry about his affairs? It seriously doesn't matter.

He only happened to have been there during a good economy! Newt Gingrich and the Internet boom had more to do with it! Bill Clinton is an awful President! - shiphater

Heads and tails over Ronald Reagan in intelligence, compassion, leadership and vision. No contest!

A talented and yet powerful president of the United States. America in the 90s went well under his presidency when the economy increased despite having flaws as well as the Lewinsky Scandal. He plays the saxophone for crying out loud! this goes to show powerful presidents with talents makes America the Best

10 Donald J. Trump

Donald Trump is way awesome than Obama and Clinton. They sucks!

Obama is light years ahead of that bozo trump. Also, your grammar is the thing that sucks. - 0w0uwu

Trump is going to make us great again we been low on the totem pole for many years in many ways and we are no longer spiraling down. I like a president who talks daily to the people, continually takes abuse from all aspects of the media, does not play the role of politician like the rest of Washington and still manages to accomplish things that no one has in 70 years plus. All of Washington politicians have great benefits so why change things. They are set for life, are you? They are all afraid of a real person. And a person who wants to make change that is needed. I love the comment on Obama, he did NOTHING for me or my health
insurance. And Bill Clinton LOL he used the office that we the citizens of this country OWN for his own shall we say pleasures. Trump is a president your grandchildren should read about and because of him their future will be bright.

Make us great again, we were already great and had still been great prior to his Presidency talk about setting the bar really low, but we all know what was really met by "Make America Great Again" - germshep24

Trump is the best. He will make us greater. Obama and Clinton are just the worst.

Best president since Reagan. Not even close. Brought self respect back to the USA after Obama spent eight years making us a laughing stock.

The Contenders

11 John Adams John Adams was born on October 30, 1735 in Quincy, Massachusetts, United States. Adams served as the president of the United States from March 4, 1797 to March 4, 1801. He died on July 4, 1826 at the age of 90.

He wrote " May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof."

12 Ulysses S. Grant Ulysses S. Grant was an American soldier and statesman who served as Commanding General of the Army and the 18th President of the United States, the highest positions in the military and the government of the United States.

Seen her getting wasted on hootch before a major battle.

13 Dwight D. Eisenhower Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower was an American politician and general who served as the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961. He was a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe.

Eisenhower was so popular that both the Democrats and the Republicans wanted him to be their nominee in the 1952 election.


According to most history teachers, this great human being never even existed. No wonder today's young voters are happy with such idiots.

He thought in the army he deserves respect

14 George W. Bush George Walker Bush is an American politician who served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009 and 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. The eldest son of Barbara and George H. W.

HE had the highest approval rating in history with 90 percent after 9/11

There's an old saying Tennessee, I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee, that says elect a moron like me president once, shame one me, elect a moron like me president twice, shame one you.

Worst president of all time I don't even know what his picture is doing here. You don't here of critics because he is white. What a shame.

This man had guts, and a BIG HEART, HE NEEDS TO BE IN TOP10 just because of what he done for Africa.

15 Harry S. Truman Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States, an American politician of the Democratic Party.

A man of courage.

He was the best

16 Richard Nixon Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States from 1969 until his resignation in 1974, the only president to resign from office. He had previously served as the 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953 to 1961, and prior to that as a U.S. Representative and also Senator more.

Yeah... no.

Compared to the Clintons and Obama, Nixon was a Boy Scout.

He was a great but deeply complicated man, who had good intentions but didn't always do the right thing. His leadership and intelligence helped ease tensions with the USSR and brought China into the international community. He was a great and flawed man, but he was a man.

While Nixon is more commonly hated than any other president, he is easily the most well known. We teach children about him, constantly mock him, and his name is now synonymous for lying. There really isn't a contest here.

17 John Quincy Adams John Quincy Adams (July 11, 1767 – February 23, 1848) was an American statesman who served as the sixth President of the United States from 1825 to 1829 at the peak of a political career during which he served in various capacities as diplomat, United States Senator, United States Secretary of State, more.
18 Andrew Jackson Andrew Jackson was an American statesman who served as the seventh President of the United States from 1829 to 1837 . He was born near the end of the colonial era, somewhere near the then-unmarked border between North and South Carolina, into a recently immigrated Scots-Irish farming family of relatively more.

Literally the best, tried to help the nation

Beloved in his day, but despised now (particularly due to the Indian Removal Act).

His face is on a twenty dollar bill he should be number 4 or 5?

He is a badass action hero who saved New Orleans from the Bloody Brittish. I think he owed slaves and I'm not sure he was a good President, but he was the man in 1812!

19 Lyndon Johnson Lyndon Baines Johnson, often referred to as LBJ, was the 36th President of the United States from 1963 to 1969, assuming the office after serving as the 37th Vice President of the United States under President John F. Kennedy. He helped many Americans with the Civil Rights Act, although many Americans more.

Not only did he pass the Civil and Voting Rights Acts Kennedy put into motion before his assassination, but his charisma with Congress assured him the passage of those bills. Under the Kennedy Administration, there was not enough party support for the bills but Johnson not only garnered it, he made sure they would pass. Also he passed Medicare and Medicaid, two of the most important pieces of health care legislation. He understood what the persecuted needed. He was a man who represented the minority: the discriminated, the hungry, the poor, etc.

Did a lot for black peeps

No, in my opinion, Lyndon Johnson should be on the list for the top ten worst Presidents. Just look up pics. Of him on Google, and read the stories that go along with it and you'll see why.

I'm convinced Johnson was in on JFK's assassination - bobbythebrony

20 Gerald Ford Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. was an American politician who served as the 38th President of the United States from August 1974 to January 1977.

Gerald Ford was an honest man!

Do you like nachos? Do you like beer? Do you like Football? Well, what don't you come to my house and drink beer and eat nachos while we watch the game!

Yes sir Mr. Ford!

21 John Tyler John Tyler was the tenth President of the United States. He was also, briefly, the tenth Vice President, elected to that office on the 1840 Whig ticket with William Henry Harrison.

A President I know nothing about, but he sounds like a jerk.

Expanded slavery in western territories
Added Texas to the union
Became president after William Henry Harrison's death

Why is Tyler on this list?
He was a bad president!


22 Jimmy Carter James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. is an American politician and author who served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. In 2002, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the Carter Center.

Very nice man. Thoroughly incompetent president.

Carter may have been one of the most despised presidents of all time, but he was one of the only genuinely good-hearted ones.

A very kind man and a good human being. No wonder he only lasted one term...

Most decent president since the end of II WW

23 Andrew Johnson Andrew Johnson was the 17th President of the United States, serving from 1865 to 1869. Johnson became president as he was vice president at the time of the assassination of [Abraham Lincoln].

Andrew Jackson Lite

24 Woodrow Wilson Thomas Woodrow Wilson was an American politician and academic who served as the 28th President of the United States from 1913 to 1921. Born in Staunton, Virginia, he spent his early years in Augusta, Georgia and Columbia, South Carolina.
25 William Howard Taft William Howard Taft served as the 27th President of the United States and as the tenth Chief Justice of the United States, the only person to have held both offices.

People always talk about how he got stuck in the bathtub. But at least he increased the bathtub’s size.

Not the most popular president ever, but definitely the sexiest.

William Taft is famous for getting stuck in the bath tub. His wife planted the cherry trees in Washington DC. Japan gave them to her as a gift. Taft worked in all three branches of government. He's the best president and the cutest and the nicest.

Taft was my favorite president and he didn't really get stuck in the bathtub.

26 James Monroe James Monroe was an American statesman and Founding Father who served as the fifth President of the United States from 1817 to 1825.

Although, economic panic took place under his administration, James Monroe continued to be a popular leader as he had an ear for popular opinion.

Was president during the Era of Good Feelings

27 James K. Polk James Knox Polk was the 11th president of the United States, serving from 1845 to 1849. He previously was Speaker of the House of Representatives and governor of Tennessee.

Only President to accomplish his agenda in 1st term and then walk away because of it!

28 Calvin Coolidge John Calvin Coolidge Jr. was an American politician and the 30th President of the United States. A Republican lawyer from New England, born in Vermont, Coolidge worked his way up the ladder of Massachusetts state politics, eventually becoming governor.

Coolidge's reputation has suffered since the Wall Street Crash but he was hugely popular when he was President and just after leaving office because of the Roaring Twenties. Also lowered taxes four times.

Had great economic and tax policies. He believed that people should keep their money and government shouldn't take it, and to that end government spending should be as low as possible so people aren't taxed unnecessarily.

29 Chester A. Arthur Chester Alan Arthur was an American attorney and politician who served as the 21st President of the United States; he succeeded James A. Garfield upon the latter's assassination.

Part of the corrupt elite, but when he became president he ripped it to shreds

The first hipster. Became President ironically.

How was Chester a hipster?

30 Zachary Taylor Zachary Taylor was the 12th President of the United States, serving from March 1849 until his death in July 1850. Before his presidency, Taylor was a career officer in the United States Army, rising to the rank of major general.
31 William Henry Harrison William Henry Harrison was an American statesman who served as the 9th President of the United States from March 4, 1841 until his death on April 4, 1841. The cause of death of William Henry Harrison was pneumonia, after a cold and wet inauguration.

Definitely the unluckiest president ever...

32 Martin Van Buren Martin Van Buren was an American statesman who served as the eighth President of the United States from 1837 to 1841.

A mad genius who created lifelike mechanical dolls to be his friends as he was so lonely.

The first openly balding president. It took great courage.

33 George H.W. Bush George Herbert Walker Bush (June 12, 1924 - November 30, 2018) was an American politician who served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. Prior to assuming the presidency, Bush served as the 43rd Vice President of the United States under Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1989.

Beloved as Vice President, but not so much as President.

The least terrible of the Bushes. That's not saying much.


34 Herbert Hoover Herbert Clark Hoover was an American engineer, businessman and politician who served as the 31st President of the United States from 1929 to 1933 during the Great Depression.

Another one of the most hated.

35 Warren G. Harding Warren Gamaliel Harding was the 29th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1921 until his death in 1923.
36 William McKinley William McKinley was the 25th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1897 until his assassination in September 1901, six months into his second term.

This guy just creeps me out and scares me kinda glad he was assassinated

37 Grover Cleveland Stephen Grover Cleveland was an American politician and lawyer who was the 22nd and 24th President of the United States, the only president in American history to serve two non-consecutive terms in office.
38 Benjamin Harrison Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd President of the United States; he was the grandson of the ninth President, William Henry Harrison.

A man who found great compromise... Between a meticulously combed head of hair and a shaggy beard.

39 James A. Garfield James Abram Garfield was the 20th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1881, until his assassination later that year.
40 Rutherford B. Hayes Rutherford Birchard Hayes was the 19th President of the United States from 1877 to 1881, an American congressman, and governor of Ohio. Hayes was a lawyer and staunch abolitionist who defended runaway slaves in court proceedings.
41 James Buchanan James Buchanan, Jr. was the 15th President of the United States, serving immediately prior to the American Civil War.
42 Franklin Pierce Franklin Pierce was the 14th President of the United States. Pierce was a northern Democrat who saw the abolitionist movement as a fundamental threat to the unity of the nation.
43 Millard Fillmore

Such an unpopular president that he didn't even get a picture for this list. But he was a great concert promoter!

44 James Madison James Madison, Jr. was a political theorist, American statesman, and served as the fourth President of the United States.

He is in last place because his wife Dolly Madison was better loved for her delicious cakes, cookies and doughnuts.

How is he in last place?

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