Thursday, May 27, 2004

Pollkatz Returns

The great Professor Pollkatz has returned. I'm always fascinated by this graph of his which compares the approval ratings (from Gallup) of presidents from Carter onward.

The striking thing is how the approval ratings of Clinton (The Great Satan) and Reagan (The Most Popular President Ever) track almost precisely except for two differences. Clinton's are abysmal right in the beginning, reflecting some early stumbles and the press's tendency to talk about the "failed Clinton presidency" before it even began. And, then, at the end, when they were both having their respective scandals. Iran-Contra seriously damaged Reagan's popularity, while the press witchhunt of Clinton boosted his.