Hillary Clinton plunges to 21st place on first-lady 'integrity' rankings despite overall 6th place showing in survey of historians
Siena College's polling institute has surveyed historians and other academics five times since 1982
Mrs. Clinton debuted at #2 overall in 1993, right after her husband took office
She has never placed high on the 'integrity' scale, and now ranks in the bottom half of the 39 presidential spouses covered by the Siena study
'Trustworthiness was never the Clintons' long suit,' says one well-known political prognosticator
By David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor
PUBLISHED: 15:15 EST, 17 February 2014 | UPDATED: 15:45 EST, 17 February 2014
Historians, political scientists and other academics who rated first ladies for their integrity put Hillary Clinton in the bottom half of the rankings – in 21st place – despite her sixth-place overall ranking in the survey.
That poor showing in the honesty-related category put her below nearly every first lady since the 1920s, including Pat Nixon.
Nancy Reagan was the only modern first lady judged less trustworthy than Mrs. Clinton.
'Trustworthiness was never the Clintons' long suit,' University of Virginia Center for Politics Director Larry Sabato told MailOnline.