Friday, January 30, 2009

Presidential approval ratings

Here's an interesting graph from the Wall Street Journal. It shows each president's public-approval ratings and how they changed over the course of his time in office.

It's remarkable how much variation there for many of the presidents. Some of them had high highs and low lows.

Also, most of them ended lower than they started. Only Clinton ended higher than he started--with the impeachment and all. Go figure. Clinton also started with rather low ratings.

Obama has approval ratings at 69%, last I read, so it will be interesting to see if he can keep them this high.

1 comment:

Knumb said...

I am amazed by Truman's ratings. I need to read McCullough's book on him.

Obama can only play the "I'm not Bush" card for so long. If the economy doesn't pick up, the near-billion he just dropped on government spending may boomerang on him.