Evaluating Presidential Performance

Archive Report

1976 Effects of Recent Reappraisals

Significance of Evaluation in This Election Year

As the gears of another presidential campaign begin to grind in earnest, American voters start to formulate their ideas as to what makes a person fit for the most powerful elective post in the world. In their final decision, the candidate's political views and positions on various issues will be important. Just as important, however, will be the voters' views as to how the candidate's performance in office is likely to compare with that of his predecessors.

Evaluations of presidential performance are rarely constant, and the closer the performance is to our own day the more likely it is that current evaluations will change. “Whoever, in writing modern history, shall follow truth too near at ...

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