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Wed Apr 24, 2013, 04:08 PM

Is it true that former presidents become more popular the longer they're out of office?

I remember hearing this in a POSCI class once, and that had me thinking...would more people really start to approve of Bush ll the longer he is out office? On one segment of The Cycle less than an hour ago, they mentioned his approval rating being somewhere in the mid 40s now. Considering how much he raised UE and how he had the country fighting in two pointless wars, I just find it incredible that his approval rating is even that high less than 5 years after leaving office.

What are everyone's thoughts?

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Reply Is it true that former presidents become more popular the longer they're out of office? (Original post)
Jamaal510 Apr 2013 OP
Donald Ian Rankin Apr 2013 #1
NYC Liberal Apr 2013 #3
TimberValley Apr 2013 #2
treestar Apr 2013 #4
byeya Apr 2013 #5

Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2013, 04:36 PM

1. Harding, Hoover, Nixon. N.T.

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Response to Donald Ian Rankin (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 24, 2013, 05:05 PM

3. It took Hoover a LONG time to regain any sort of stature.

Democrats controlled the White House and Congress for 20 years straight (1933-1953) during which time he was persona non grata in DC. He and FDR did not like each other, to say the least; after FDR beat him, Hoover invited him to the WH whereupon FDR was made to stand for nearly an hour while Hoover took his time coming downstairs.

And aside from Hoover basically being exiled from the national political scene, there was no Fox, no 24/7 right-wing corporate media, etc.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2013, 04:57 PM

2. Yes, for a few reasons

 

With bad presidents, people tend to forget how bad they were, just because so much time has elapsed. Before long, you have a generation of people who never even lived under that president's administration.


Also, with bad news always in the forefront in the news, people tend to criticize the current President in the here and now. Past presidents are remembered more positively, simply because as time goes by, our perception clouds as well. We think, "Such-and-such a president would have done better than our current President."

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Response to TimberValley (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 24, 2013, 05:08 PM

4. Bingo

It is funny when you see praise for FDR and LBJ as if the same people wouldn't have been trashing them during their actual administrations.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2013, 05:18 PM

5. Gerald Ford: Growing in public esteem...Oh, Not growing in public esteem

 

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