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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:01 PM
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Has a president (term used loosely) ever had a rating of 42% or less?
Edited on Sat May-15-04 08:02 PM by wyldwolf
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unblock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:02 PM
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1. has a "popular wartime president" ever had a rating of 42% or less?
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unblock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:03 PM
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2. yes, of course, but never re-elected
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charlie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:09 PM
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3. Truman
He was waaaay in the toilet in his waning months. Down into the twenties, if I'm not mistaken.
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Stargleamer Donating Member (636 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:09 PM
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4. "Tricky Dick"
Nixon's approval rating I think dipped in the 20's before he resigned.
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trotsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:10 PM
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5. I think Clinton's dropped into the 30s
during the "don't ask, don't tell" compromise.
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alcuno Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:15 PM
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6. Clinton never dropped below 52% in any of the polls I saw. Here's a link.
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charlie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:22 PM
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7. Those are outside
the "don't ask, don't tell" years. Trotsky's right about Clinton's initial rock-bottom numbers, I remember his floundering:
Of course these are not the worst numbers this president has seen. His two worst stretches, at least in terms of polling, were in June 1993 and August/September of 1994. In 1993, Clinton's approve/disapprove numbers in three Gallup polls were 37/49, 39/50 and 46/47. In 1994, two Gallup polls pegged Clinton's approval rating at 39 percent -- one with a 52 percent disapproval, the other 54 percent. Perversely, the highest job approval ratings of Clinton's six-plus years in office have occurred during major points of the Monica Lewinsky/impeachment affair (and, less surprisingly, concurrent with a very strong economy).

http://www.cookpolitical.com/column/1999/060199.php
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:25 PM
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9. Perversely? ha ha! I like a ladies man!
..and the economy ain't too shabby, either! Clinton gets two thumbs up! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:23 PM
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8. these only cover his second term
..I recall him getting a lot of negative press over the "don't ask don't tell" policy in his first term.
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ramapo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:27 PM
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10. Carter?
He was very unpopular after the Iran rescue failure which was coupled with high interest rates and inflation.
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RoyGBiv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 09:28 PM
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11. Carter was in the 30's before the hostage crisis began...

He experienced an upswing for awhile, and then, as you say, took a nose dive after the recuse failure. I don't know the exact numbers off the top of my head, but I remember a recent discussion about this. Carter was somewhere in the mid-30's by the election.

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