Barack Obama ranks near the top of new C-SPAN list of best U.S. presidents ever

Barack Obama apparently ranks pretty well as far as U.S. presidents go.

The former commander in chief came in 12th on C-SPAN's 2017 Presidential Historians Survey. Obama scored particularly well in pursuing "equal justice for all."

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C-SPAN has conducted the survey twice before — in 2000 and in 2009. The results are based on feedback from nationally recognized historians and a list of presidential leadership qualities.

Those qualities include things like public persuasion, economic management and international relations. Each president is rated on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best.

This year, 91 historians took part in the poll.

The findings might not come as a surprise. When Obama left the White House, the U.S. was — for the most part — in better shape than when he got in.

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Presidential Historians Survey 2017: Presidential ranking
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15. President Bill Clinton

2009 rank: 15
2000 rank: 21

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14. President James K. Polk

2009 rank: 12
2000 rank: 12

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13. President James Monroe

2009 rank: 14
2000 rank: 14

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12. President Barack Obama

2009 rank: N/A
2000 rank: N/A

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11. President Woodrow Wilson

2009 rank: 9
2000 rank: 6

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10. President Lyndon B. Johnson

2009 rank: 11
2000 rank: 10

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9. President Ronald Reagan

2009 rank: 10
2000 rank: 11

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8. President John F. Kennedy

2009 rank: 6
2000 rank: 8

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7. President Thomas Jefferson

2009 rank: 7
2000 rank: 7

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6. President Harry S. Truman

2009 rank: 5
2000 rank: 5

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5. President Dwight D. Eisenhower

2009 rank: 8
2000 rank: 9

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4. President Theodore Roosevelt

2009 rank: 3
2000 rank: 2

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3. President Franklin D. Roosevelt

2009 rank: 3
2000 rank: 2

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2. President George Washington

2009 rank: 2
2000 rank: 3

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1. President Abraham Lincoln

2009 rank: 1
2000 rank: 1

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The U.S. GDP and median household income both increased during Obama's tenure. At the same time, unemployment rates, violent crime rates, CO2 emissions, the number of uninsured people and the federal deficit all went down.

Obama also left office with a majority approval rating.

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The former president's lowest score was "relations with Congress." During his term, the executive and legislative branches often had weeks-long battles over partisan issues.

Ahead of Obama is — among others — President Abraham Lincoln, who took the prize for best overall U.S. presidential leader. He was followed closely by George Washington.

Former presidents James Buchanan and Andrew Johnson hold the two worst overall scores.

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