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Interesting Chart of Presidential Approval Ratings

This chart plots the presidents’ approval ratings across their terms in office, going back as far as Carter.

Two things I find interesting when examining the chart:

  1. The strong correlation of Clinton’s and Reagan’s approval ratings throughout each’s two terms in office
  2. The huge spikes in both Bush’s approval ratings followed by consistent, dramatic declines

Our current president saw a huge jump in his approval rating following Sep. 11, and then experienced a continual slide until the start of Gulf War II gave him another boost. His approval ratings are again sliding rapidly. Does this trend continue, or will he benefit from another event that commands support? Is another terrorist attack or another event which he belives justifies sending in troops the best thing that could happen to him as we head into the election season?

Posted by blipsman at July 31, 2003 11:40 AM