Presidential Performance Over Time (C-SPAN Survey Data Project)

This visualization is a follow-up to my C-SPAN Data Project post from earlier this week. To recap, C-SPAN conducts an annual survey of historians, in which each participant is asked to rank presidents across different dimensions (Public Persuasion, Economic Management, etc.).

C-SPAN also aggregates scores in individual categories to measure presidential performance in general. In the graph below, I used these aggregate scores to show how presidential performance –in the judgement of the survey’s participants– has waxed and waned over the course of American history. 


There’s probably a lot more I could do with this data. Are there any questions you would like me to answer in a future post? Does anything here make you feel curious? You can let me know by commenting below or emailing me at

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