Reagan, Teflon and the Real Data
Here are comparison
graphs of Reagan vs. each other president since the approval ratings
began in 1937. Get ready for a trip down memory lane! In each case
Reagan's ratings are in green and the comparison president is in
blue. Does Reagan stand out from the pack? Here's the raw data.
Judge for yourself.
of you who don't remember or wern't around, the sequence of presidents
is Roosevelt (FDR), Truman (HST), Eisenhower (DDE), Kennedy (JFK),
Johnson (LBJ), Nixon (RMN), Ford (GRF), Carter (JEC), Reagan, Bush
(GHWB), Clinton (WJC), Bush (GWB). These graphs are based on the
Gallup Approval Rating as described in Presidential
Approval in Perspective, by Charles H. Franklin, University
of Wisconsin, Madison.]
graphs are based on data through October 13, 2003. George W. Bush's
numbers have continuously dropped during his term, spiked only by
911 and the war in Iraq. His approval ratings are shown below through
May, 2006. The ongoing data is available (with better resolution)
at the Dr.
Pollkatz web site.
us at ProgressiveWritersBloc.com.