Jan 21 2009
The Wall Street Journal has an interesting graphic showing the popular support of US Presidents dating back to Harry S Truman. Historically Truman is considered one of our best Presidents, but interestingly enough his tough choices, like Bush’s, did not sit well with the public at the time. It was in hindsight that America got over its self interest and realized how good they had it under Truman.Â
Click image for larger original. The graph is also interesting in that all Presidents seem to lose favor as they stay in office – probably because the reality of the stump promises starts to settle in. Bush and Truman have some of the highest support levels (as does Bush senior). Clinton’s anomalous rise over time is because his personal numbers were tanking after he lied under oath about hisÂ peccadilloesÂ in the Oval Office. Truman and Nixon have lower levels of support during their terms. All in all, Bush looks like your classic two term President of the United States.
It will be interesting to see where President Obama’s support levels will be after a year of liberal risky schemes and no economic relief in sight. Unless of course the Dems do something crazy like lower taxes or keep them where they are now.