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President Donald Trump took last place in a new survey that aims to measure "presidential greatness". Despite this, the survey's researchers note "dozens of presidents have had slow starts and have course corrected to improve their public esteem", and that Trump's presidency "may alter perceptions of presidential legacies as his unique approach to the office continues to surprise".

The top of the list remains fairly steady from 2014, with Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson rounding out the top five.

In a document titled "Greatness.pdf", experts from the American Political Science Association have rated the "greatness" of all American presidents on a scale of 1-100. George Washington was second, at 92.59.

Mr Trump averaged a score of 12.34, bumping James Buchanan - the president who saw the USA descend into the Civil War - out of the bottom spot.

Former President Barack Obama moved up in the rankings to the 8th best president, an increase of 10 spots since 2014. "He consistently did very poorly when it comes to Embodying Institutional Norms and performed best in Communicating with the Public, but never received higher than the equivalent of a C from any group along any dimension".

The higher marks awarded Trump were in communicating with the public and foreign policy leadership.

The biggest declines were for Bill Clinton, arguably the result of contemporary scorn for his treatment of women, and Andrew Jackson, for evolving attitudes on his treatment of Native Americans.

Franklin Roosevelt was rated highly across the political spectrum.

Trump still has time to increase his score but based on current events, it's unlikely he will come anywhere close to Barack Obama or any recent President. President Buchanan was awarded 15 points, while Trump - 12.

Professors Brandon Rottinghaus of the University of Houston and Justin S. Vaughn of Boise State University were the curators of the survey.

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