Presidential Popularity

Archive Report

Public Opinion and the President

Judgment of Carter by Pollsters and Press

Every four years Americans select a president, but the process of evaluating presidential performance goes on almost constantly. From the time he takes office, the person who occupies the White House is scrutinized as no other world figure. His position on issues is studied, his character analyzed and his popularity gauged in monthly polls. To a large extent, the political success or failure of an administration depends on how the chief executive is perceived by the public.

To command attention as the president does is to be subject to the changing tide of public opinion. Now marking his first year and a half in office, President Carter already has had his share of ups and ...

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