Take a look at how the presidents “stack up”

The Wall Street Journal has a neat chart of approval ratings for the Presidents since 1946.

If you go to their site, you can see each president in more detail on the slide show.

I really appreciate seeing this kind of comparison. One thing I noticed, though. Sometimes an incoming president saw about the same approval rating as the outgoing president. Does that mean polls are sometimes measuring the job of president rather than the opinion of that person? If you look through the detail, presidential approval is often more a recognition of the current economy than anything else.

Only Ike enjoyed a full-term presidency above the 50 percent line.

H/T: Right from the Right


  1. The Lorax says:

    And Bush’s second term was nearly all under the 50% mark.

  2. But you can’t rely on that for a mantra anymore, can you? What ever will you do now that there’s no one to blame for all your misfortune.

  3. Tinkerbell says:

    Could you possibly find a Wall Street performance chart for roughly the same time period? Any correlation to presidential approval?

    Looks like they have not gotten around to taking an Obama approval rating here in the US yet (or did not want to reveal the results, if unflattering to BO) but here are the Canadian results! http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iezJ3qiNii7VFIIyN2xOBmFs57WQ

  4. I figured as much. The higher they climb, the farther they fall.

  5. The Lorax says:

    I’m not relying on that mantra, I was making an observation. I didn’t know it was his entire term, but as always C. you are battle-ready.