Comparative Presidential job ratings

The WSJ has a fascinating graphic.

Orin Kerr points to this fascinating graphic from the Wall Street Journal.


Takeaway points:

1. Mostly the trend is down. Bill Clinton is the only President to finish with a higher rating than he started with.

2. Clinton also had the highest final rating, followed by Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Reagan.

3. Kennedy and Eisenhower had the highest bottoms, but Clinton was next, followed by a three-way tie of LBJ (!), Ford, and Reagan.

The personal favorable-unfavorable numbers would tell a different story, but in political terms it’s hard to see how he myth of the popular Reagan and the unpopular Clinton sustains itself.

The cheerful thought for Democrats is that GWB has a year and a half to try to match or beat the distinction shared by Truman and Nixon of getting into the low 20s. Finally, something this astonishingly omni-incompetent loser might excel at!

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: