USN&WR 'Worst President' Poll: Geo. Washington? Look Closer...

An online poll at U.S. News and World Report asks readers to vote on their choice for Worst U.S. President of All Time.

The overwhelming ‘winner’ is: George Washington! That’s right: Father-of-Our-Country, “I-cannot-tell-a-lie” George Washington, by a margin of 6 to 1 over the next runner up!

That’s odd, because George usually rates in the top five best Presidents in most polls. Often the best.

Could it be that there’s something wrong with the poll? Enquiring minds want to know….

On the poll site, the Presidents are listed in reverse chronological order. Without looking under the hood there’s no way to know for sure, but I’m guessing that when someone bypasses the vote and simply clicks on “See Results”, a bug in the program registers a vote for the last name on the list: that would be Mr. Washington.

So, just out of curiosity, I ranked the votes of all the Presidents against each other, excluding the suspect Washington vote. The graph below shows the result.

There. With about 43% of the vote, Barack Obama wins by a landslide.

That’s more like it.