Popularity And The Presidents Since 1900

Barack Obama’s Election: Presidential Winners, 1900-2008 at Death By 1000 Papercuts brings us the list of presidents in this time frame, and how they scored in both the popular vote and the electoral college vote since 1900.

In the 28 U.S. elections held since 1900, Obama finishes in the bottom half in both popular vote percentage and electoral vote totals.

Obama’s 65+ million votes is the most in terms of absolute votes cast. But, by that standard of popularity, George Washington is the least popular president ever. It’s likely that the number of votes the winning candidate receives will continue to go up with each election, as the U.S. population increases.

Presidential Electionsm 1798 – 2008 at Info Please. 

Popular Vote Percentage
U.S. Presidential Elections, 1900-2008

  1. 61.1% – Lyndon Johnson 1964
  2. 60.8% – Franklin D. Roosevelt 1936
  3. 60.7% – Richard M. Nixon 1972
  4. 58.8% – Ronald Reagan 1984
  5. 60.3% – Warren G. Harding 1920
  6. 58.2% – Herbert Hoover 1928
  7. 57.4% – Dwight D. Eisenhower 1956
  8. 57.4% – Franklin D. Roosevelt 1932
  9. 56.4% – Theodore Roosevelt 1904
  10. 55.2% – Dwight D. Eisenhower 1952
  11. 54.7% – Franklin D. Roosevelt 1940
  12. 54.0% – Calvin Coolidge 1924
  13. 53.4% – George H.W. Bush 1988
  14. 53.4% – Franklin D. Roosevelt 1944
  15. 52.6% – Barack Obama 2008
  16. 51.6% – William H. Taft 1908
  17. 51.6% – William B. McKinley 1900
  18. 50.7% – Ronald Reagan 1980
  19. 50.7% – George W. Bush 2004
  20. 50.1% – Jimmy Carter 1976
  21. 49.7% – John F. Kennedy 1960
  22. 49.6% – Harry Truman 1948
  23. 49.24%- Bill Clinton 1996
  24. 49.2% – Woodrow Wilson 1916
  25. 47.9% – George W. Bush 2000
  26. 43.4% – Richard M. Nixon 1968
  27. 43.0% – Bill Clinton 1992
  28. 41.8% – Woodrow Wilson 1912

Electoral Vote Total,
U.S. Presidential Elections 1900-2008

  1. 525 – Ronald Reagan 1984
  2. 523 – Franklin D. Roosevelt 1936
  3. 520 – Richard Nixon 1972
  4. 489 – Ronald Reagan 1980
  5. 486 – Lyndon Johnson 1964
  6. 472 – Franklin D. Roosevelt 1932
  7. 457 – Dwight D. Eisenhower 1956
  8. 449 – Franklin D. Roosevelt 1940
  9. 444 – Herbert Hoover 1928
  10. 442 – Dwight D. Eisenhower 1952
  11. 435 – Woodrow Wilson 1912
  12. 432 – Franklin D. Roosevelt 1944
  13. 426 – George H.W. Bush 1988
  14. 404 – Warren G. Harding 1920
  15. 382 – Calvin Coolidge 1924
  16. 379 – Bill Clinton 1992
  17. 370 – Bill Clinton 1992
  18. 364 – Barack Obama 2008
  19. 336 – Theodore Roosevelt 1904
  20. 321 – William H. Taft 1908
  21. 303 – Harry Truman 1948
  22. 303 – John F. Kennedy 1960
  23. 301 – Richard Nixon 1968
  24. 297 – Jimmy Carter 1976
  25. 292 – William McKinley 1900
  26. 286 – George W. Bush 2004
  27. 277 – Woodrow Wilson 1916
  28. 271 – George W. Bush 2000

DBKP goes on to point out, for the magazine-fawning crowd, that Obama has been on the most covers for Time magazine, at 10 times  He beat out Princess Diana and the Virgin Mary  with 8 apeice.

Master of the Time cover award goes to Richard Nixon however, at 55.