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  1. 26 Oct '09 20:26
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/presidential-approval-tracker.htm
  2. Standard member telerion
    True X X Xian
    26 Oct '09 20:42
    Is there something specific you wished to illustrate with that time series?
  3. 26 Oct '09 20:57 / 2 edits
    Some observations.

    Every president (not counting Obama) on this graph had an approval rating of 67% or better at some point during their term in office.

    And every president (except Eisenhower & Kennedy) had an approval rating of 37% or lower at some point during their term. The period of 1953-1966 was definitely an "Era of Good Feelings" - the president's approval got no lower than 48% during this period. Then came Vietnam.

    And despite the perception that Obama came in with magically high level of approval - only Clinton had a lower level of initial approval than Obama's 65% (Nixon's level was similar to Obama's).

    Truman's approval reached a depth (22% ) that not even W. was able to attain (24% ). But despite the the unpopularity of the Vietnam War, LBJ never sunk below 35%.
  4. 27 Oct '09 04:44
    Originally posted by telerion
    Is there something specific you wished to illustrate with that time series?
    no, i just thought it was a cool graph. you can supply the debate if you want, or wait for someone else to.
  5. 27 Oct '09 04:46
    Originally posted by Melanerpes
    Some observations.

    Every president (not counting Obama) on this graph had an approval rating of 67% or better at some point during their term in office.

    And every president (except Eisenhower & Kennedy) had an approval rating of 37% or lower at some point during their term. The period of 1953-1966 was definitely an "Era of Good Feelings" - the presi ...[text shortened]... in (24% ). But despite the the unpopularity of the Vietnam War, LBJ never sunk below 35%.
    the perception of obama, and the perception of all the presidents, is filtered through the media before it gets to the public. thus the whipsawing.
  6. Subscriber kmax87
    You've got Kevin
    27 Oct '09 07:23
    Originally posted by zeeblebot
    the perception of obama, and the perception of all the presidents, is filtered through the media before it gets to the public. thus the whipsawing.
    Its interesting that Obama, Ford and Truman's popularity fell pretty much from the minute they took office, though Truman started with close to 90% and Ford with 70%. The others all raised their popularity above their initial level before any other movement in the polls. The other interesting bit of the graph is the long trend up with Clinton's popularity and the odd inflexion between his and dubyas popularity where at the handover it looks like the only drop in POTUS elect with POTUS incumbent. No doubt Florida had something to do with that.
  7. 27 Oct '09 12:41
    Originally posted by kmax87
    Its interesting that Obama, Ford and Truman's popularity fell pretty much from the minute they took office, though Truman started with close to 90% and Ford with 70%. The others all raised their popularity above their initial level before any other movement in the polls. The other interesting bit of the graph is the long trend up with Clinton's popularity and ...[text shortened]... only drop in POTUS elect with POTUS incumbent. No doubt Florida had something to do with that.
    The other interesting bit of the graph is the long trend up with Clinton's popularity

    Seems like the mounting sex scandals just made him more popular. A lesson for Obama?
  8. Subscriber kmax87
    You've got Kevin
    27 Oct '09 13:53 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Melanerpes
    Seems like the mounting sex scandals just made him more popular. A lesson for Obama?
    At the risk of being accused of something, I will say that both first ladies have a decidedly similar air of determination about them, and while it might be considered bad form to propose physical violence in one quarter were in the other stoic silence was the only reply, I wouldn't rate Bazza's chances in the aftermath of a smoking scandal too well. Mishka could well snap his spindly stick figure butt in two soon as look at him, so if he values life after popularity I would suggest the Marlbro man find something less titivating to spike his popularity.