Why Are Presidents More Popular Than Others

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When it comes to the presidency of the United States, a major question which we have most likely all contemplated at some point, is why on earth some presidents manage to be far more popular than others, even though they hold the same powerful position in office as president of the United States. It has been suggested that time plays an important role in a president’s popularity-where they stand within their term can have a substantial effect on how popular they are. In my opinion, the main factors which determine a president’s popularity are the state of the economy, whether down to the president’s own actions or just the economic climate itself which places the president in a favourable or detrimental position, the domestic and foreign policies they…show more content…
Such determining factors do not stray far from the criteria used by Faber and Faber in their assessment of Presidential greatness, with their “rating system” being based upon “Foreign Relations; Domestic Programs; Administration and Intergovernmental Relations; Leadership and Decision-Making; and Personal Qualities” (Faber and Faber, 2000), thus emphasising that often presidential greatness can be almost synonymous with popularity. I will now explore each of the above factors and how they can contribute, and have contributed, to determining why some presidents are more popular in office than others. The popularity of American presidents, “is found to follow a cyclical pattern over time”. The “cyclical model”, based upon “responses to the Gallup question, "Do you approve or disapprove of the way [the incumbent President] is handling his job as President?" taken over more or less monthly intervals since 1945”, which Stimson (1976) refers to, and which will be the basis of measuring presidential popularity throughout this essay, proposes that presidential

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