Graphs of US president job approval ratings

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  1. rbell

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    http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/info-presapp0605-31.html

    Fascinating.

    I was struck at how Carter & Bush's approval ratings were similar.

    One other thing: those who say Bush's job approval ratings are the "lowest in history" are apparently quite misinformed: Truman's and Nixon's were significantly lower

    Another thing: virtually all president's approval ratings trend down over time. There are slight upticks; but they are never as popular as they are when they enter office.

    Wonder how Obama will stack up?
     
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    Looks like Truman won on both extremes.
     
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    Likewise...the opinions of Truman's performance in the years following his presidency has surged upward significantly.
     
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    I noticed that only Clinton left office with a better rating than he entered office with.
     
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    Clinton was in one very unique situation: Keep in mind that in 1992, he was elected with nowhere near the majority vote (that was Perot's big showing).

    So, I think he went in with less of a mandate than other presidents. So, instead of 75% and nowhere to go but down, he was lower, and had room to improve.

    Also...and this is not scientific...it seems that many presidents see a downturn in economy, etc., at the end of an eight-year term. At the end of Clinton's tenure, there was a slight downturn, but it wasn't as precipitous as several other presidents have seen.

    Also...those who saw a downturn at the end of one term (such as Carter and Bush I) never got a second one...
     
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    Isn't it interesting how Kennedy, almost deified nowadays...was sliding downward when he was assassinated?
     
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    Sorry, maybe I was remembering this poll?
     

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