Wednesday, March 01, 2006


One of the internalized media myths of the Clinton years was that while he had high job approval ratings during Monica Madness he had very low favorability ratings. I've seen even good liberals talk about Clinton's favorability ratings having beein consistently in the low 30s.

It's just not true. Clinton's favorability ratings were indeed lower than his job approval ratings, not surprising given that he cheated on his wife, but that's mostly because his job approval ratings were so high. It was a media talking point that people hated that nasty Clenis, but it really just wasn't supported by the numbers. Bush's personal favorability has for some time been in roughly the same range as Clinton's, or even lower, depending on the poll and precise time period.