Lecture 11 Presidential Approval

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Lecture 11: Presidential Approval - Presidential approval nearly always peaks at the beginning of their time in office and fluctuates a lot but slowly declines. o Presidents above 50% early in the election year win re-election and those below that are defeated. o Congress and the administration’s approval tend to go alongside the presidents’ and approval often defines one’s presidency. o High approval ratings move nonpartisans toward a president’s party, low ratings move them away. Clinton’s high approval rating kept him from being impeached Mueller Theses - Honeymoon o First several months are generally positive, president hasn’t done much. - Honeymoon Decline o General good will for a new president is being replaced by instant partisan antagonism - Decline over the term o “Coalition of Minorities” – Author: Downs Over time a president slowly alienates minority groups -> More and more minorities are alienated -> Alienated minorities grow in number and overall approval goes down. o
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course POLI 100 taught by Professor Rabinowitz during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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