The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years US Presidents
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The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years

List Criteria: Starting with Lyndon B. Johnson, who was elected in 1963 up to current POTUS Barack Obama.

Who are the best U.S. presidents of the past 50 years? The presidents listed here are among the greatest leaders of the free world in modern history and are some of the best recent presidents. The men listed here are those who served as president since the early 1960s, so while Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower might have been excellent, they don't count -- at least, as far as this list is concerned. You can always go vote for these presidents (and more) on this list of the overall greatest U.S. presidents of all time.

What specific qualities determine whether a POTUS was great or not-so-hot? Factors to consider may vary and will often depend on your particular political affiliation. Certainly, voting on any good or bad list where a president is concerned is subjective.

Commitment to the betterment of the United States, an ability to lead under difficult or trying circumstances, and great character are just a few of the qualities people might consider when deciding on the president they think was the best. Over the past 50 years, 10 men have served as president -- some of them served for just one term and others served two full terms in office.

If you're curious, you might want to see if any of the presidents listed here also appear on this list of the worst U.S. presidents of all time.

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  1. 1
    Up 2813
    Down 1192

    the people's #1
    Ronald Reagan

    1911 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 1821
    Down 1955

    most listed
    Bill Clinton

    1946 More
    93
  3. 3
    Up 1665
    Down 1439
    1924 More
    77
  4. 4
    Up 1277
    Down 2840
    1961 More
    76
  5. 5
    Up 1791
    Down 1680
    1946 More
    72
  6. 6
    Up 750
    Down 1853

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lyndon B. Johnson

    1908 More
    67
  7. 7
    Up 945
    Down 1399
    1913 More
    66
  8. 8
    Up 841
    Down 2146

    often listed
    Jimmy Carter

    1924 More
    64
  9. 9
    Up 1062
    Down 1657
    1913 More
    63
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