As you might expect, how you feel about Trump’s presidency is largely dependent on the party with which you identify. Almost 9 in 10 Democrats say Trump was a “terrible” (72%) or “poor” (17%) president. More than 6 in 10 Republicans call Trump a “great” (37%) or “good” (36%) president.
While it’s a bit early to draw conclusions about Trump’s legacy and how history will remember him, this poll is far from the only evidence that suggests that the 45th President may wind up toward the bottom of rankings of the 44 men who have held the office. (Grover Cleveland was both the 22nd and 24th president, and these rankings don’t yet count President Joe Biden.)
Trump ranked dead last in this survey, trailing Buchanan, William Henry Harrison, Franklin Pierce and Johnson, respectively. Broken out by the relative ideology of the panel, Trump fared little better. Among self-identified conservatives, Trump was ranked as the 40th best president. (Buchanan was conservatives’ choice as worst president.) Among moderates and liberals in the survey, Trump was ranked dead last.
Now, it’s worth noting that how you are perceived in the immediate aftermath of your presidency is not always how your legacy settles. (George H.W. Bush’s time in office is far more favorably regarded now than it was when he lost to Bill Clinton in 1992, for example.)
The Point: Trump has long made clear that he is acutely interested in how he will be remembered. And he will not be happy with the early returns.