Graphs of the approval rating of the last 11 presidents

Reply Tue 20 Jan, 2009 10:26 pm

You can see an interactive set of graphs breaking each of those presidencies down here.
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Reply Tue 20 Jan, 2009 10:44 pm
Good find RG.

I find Johnson and GWB's graphs to most interesting personally.

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Reply Wed 21 Jan, 2009 01:44 am
Very Interesting, Robert Gentel.

A review of the lowest Job Approval Ratings of Presidents since Roosevelt are also appropriate.

Bush I-29

At one time, in their presidencies, at least seven of the ten presidents listed had job approval ratings of roughly one third of the populace. It is noteworthy that the ratings of Harry Truman were the lowest since he has since been placed by Presidential Historians in the grouping of the ten best presidents we have ever had.

My sources for above percentages--"The Presidential Difference"-Greenstein
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Reply Wed 21 Jan, 2009 07:11 am
@Robert Gentel,
Wow, it seems most presidents start off with good approval and then drop. I suppose that's to be expected to some degree. Still, it means that anyone who is president is probably in for a rough ride (historically).
Reply Thu 22 Jan, 2009 02:24 am
Of course, rosborne979. All US presidents have come in with a great deal of fanfare. Most of them, in order to win their races make ridiculous and unattainable promises.Sometimes, the promises appear to be contradictory. In speeches last year, President Obama assured teachers and principals that he would work to see that their salaries are raised while, at the same time,telling groups that he would back their efforts to open charter schools.

Now, President Obama owes the teachers unions big time. They have been among his most fervent and most generous backers. The teachers Unions despise the Charter School Movement. It is almost a certainty that Obama will be seen as not keeping his promise to the Charter School Movement. In that case, he will lose Political Capital.

President Obama has also indicated that he would press for a major reduction in co2 emissions. This, of course, will cost the industries responsible for large co2 emissions a great deal of money. His promise to the enviromentalist movement will be offset by the financial pain borne by the workers and owners of affected industries.
Again, he will lose political capital.

Will President Obama be re-elected? Probably. His base-blacks,an increasing number of Hispanics and left wing whites is growing. The only bar to his re-election would be if the economy was going very poorly in 2012,but he could probably surmount that also--All he would have to do is to blame Bush!
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Reply Thu 22 Jan, 2009 12:16 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Thats a thing of beauty.
Reply Thu 22 Jan, 2009 12:37 pm
Will President Obama be re-elected? Probably. Despite the fact that he did not get the Majority of the White vote, his grip on the black vote and the Hispanic vote will not lessen. Unless, of course, the anger among whites that may come if they view the President's policies to be almost totally pro-immigrant, might cause millions of whites who voted for Obama to vote for his opponent.

President Obama will have to walk a tightrope on this issue. Can he finesse it?
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