Historians always rank the presidents that expand government power and spending as the greatest, and the ones who limit government as the failures. This is why historians consistently rank FDR, Woodrow Wilson, and even Barack Obama as “successful presidents.
In order to counter this liberal/progressive historical view of political leaders, we polled more than 100 of the most influential conservative thought leaders – a list that includes U.S. Senators, members of the U.S. House, governors, think tank scholars, business leaders, and prominent conservative writers and economists.
The question posed was: “Who would you rank as the single most overrated political figure in history and who would you rank as the single most underrated?”
Here are the responses we received from 120 of these top conservative influencers:
For the most overrated category, the person who was far and away the leading choice was Barack Obama. Here are the top five:
For the most underrated category, the winner was Calvin Coolidge. Here are the top five:
You can see all the rankings by clicking below!