Presidential Popularity Contest

The Wall Street Journal offers this data on how Presidents since WWII stack up in their job approval ratings across their terms. It’s interesting to note that Clinton is the only President to trend up over time. There’s also a disturbing similarity between the curves of Bush I and Bush II, although George may take heart that if the trend holds, his approval rating will rise before the end of his reign. Of other noteworthy-ness, Eisenhower is far away the most popular overall, while Truman exhibits the widest swing between his high and low.

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