Politics & History The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years  

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List Rules Starting with Lyndon B. Johnson through POTUS Donald Trump.

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, nine men have served as president -- some of them served for just one term and others served two full terms in office. Of these, only one can be top. . . so get voting!

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.
 

 

list ordered by

1
9,864 5,380
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years
January 20, 1981 – January 20, 1989

2
6,863 8,210
Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years
January 20, 1993 – January 20, 2001

3
7,448 9,780
Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years
January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017

4
6,080 6,384
George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years
January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993

5
1,666 1,482
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years
January 20, 2017 - Present 

6
6,131 7,569
George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years
January 20, 2001 – January 20, 2009

7
4,219 5,148
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years
August 9, 1974 – January 20, 1977

8
4,433 7,288
Jimmy Carter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years
January 20, 1977 – January 20, 1981

9
3,947 6,610
Lyndon B. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years
November 22, 1963 – January 20, 1969  

10
4,724 6,527
Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years
January 20, 1969 – August 9, 1974