From Nixon to trump: the UPS and downs of the ratings of U.S. presidents
According to the poll of Gallup, the approval rating of US President Donald trump has fallen to the lowest mark since the inauguration.
Every President in American history had their moments of glory and popularity, as well as the failures, which are directly reflected in the approval of the activities of U.S. citizens.
A rating of occupying the Oval office less than three months, Donald trump has managed to fall since the inauguration of 8%.
TASS tells of maximum and minimum indicators of the last nine U.S. presidents and explain why these results were determined.
The peak of the endorsement of the 37th U.S. President Richard Nixon (67%) occurred in the beginning of his second term — end of January 1973.
At the same time for all four years of the first Nixon administration the average rate of approval was 56%. The reason for the dramatic rise in popularity of the American state was the signing on January 23 the Paris agreement on ending the war and restoring peace in Vietnam. Despite the fact that the battle continued for another two years, by March of 1973, American troops were fully withdrawn from the country.
The lowest level at 24% approval rating of the President was reached in July 1974. The reason — the Watergate scandal reached its climax and forced Nixon to resign on August 9 of that year (the only such case in U.S. history).
Following the resignation of Nixon, his Vice President Gerald Ford became the 38th President. The peak of its popularity (71%) occurred in the beginning of its term to August 1974. In many ways, this high figure reflects primarily the positive response of Americans to the resignation of Nixon.
However, the decision of the new owner of the White house to pardon his predecessor angered many of the citizens: by the January 1975 rating “collapsed” to the lowest at 37%. From that moment until the end of the presidential term the approval rate Ford did not exceed 53%.
Two months after his election in 1977, the 39th President of the United States, Democrat Jimmy Carter managed to win the approval of 75% of American citizens. Carter presented himself as a man of the people, talked and dressed in the informal style, and on the second day of the term, issued a decree to pardon “refuseniks” (drafted during the Vietnam war but managed to avoid the oath).
A Gallup survey from July 2, 1979, recorded a minimum level of approval Ford at 28%. This figure was the result of a gradual decline in the popularity of the President in the backdrop of rising unemployment, inflation and energy prices.
The gap between the minimum and maximum level of approval of the 40th President of the USA was less than its predecessor. “High” at 68%, Reagan reached in may 1981 and may 1986, already in the second term. In 1981, the rating reflects the sympathies of the American President, wounded during the assassination attempt in Washington.
Minimum 35% in January 1983. The reason — the troubled economy and the weakening influence of the “party elephant” (Republicans) in the us Congress.
George Bush Sr.
The popularity of Bush in the second year of his only term are the envy of many head of States of the world. In early March 1991, 89% of Americans approve of their President against the background of the successful completion of “operation desert Storm”, during which US forces were able in the shortest possible time and with minimal losses to liberate Kuwait from the forces of Saddam Hussein.
Despite the success in Kuwait, by August 1992, the approval rating dropped to 29% in the “classic” reason — the US economy is experiencing a recession.
The average approval rating of the President-Democrat bill Clinton’s two terms was 55%. Unlike Bush, the popularity of the new head of the Oval office has experienced such drastic UPS and downs. While its peak of popularity in 73% of Clinton was reached in December 1998, when the Americans rallied around the President on the background of preparation for impeachment due to the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
A record 37% was achieved in June 1993 after the so-called “hargate” (in may of that year, President for an hour sheared on Board his plane at lax airport in Los Angeles, because of what other flights were delayed).
George Bush Jr.
American society is so strongly rallied and approved the resistance of their President after the tragedy of September 11, 2001, that the approval rating of George W. Bush soared from 51 to 90%.
Minimum level of popularity in 25% was reached shortly before the end of his second term in October 2008. The reason — the economic crisis and dissatisfaction with the presence of American forces in Iraq.
The first opinion poll conducted by Gallup in less than a week after the inauguration, proved the most successful for the first African-American President (67% approval), whose entry into the position was presented in the media as a new Chapter of American history.
Obama’s rating never fell below 40% only three times coming down to this bar in 2011, 2013 and 2014.
To judge the approval of the 45 th President of the United States Donald trump is still too early: since the inauguration it has been exactly two months.
Trump started with 45% and his approval rating slowly decreased and reached on March 18, the level of 37%.
As history shows, 37% — is not a sentence. Many American presidents were content and less approval. However, the key factor here will be the dynamics: if Trump will not be able to change the trend, after a few months, the rating can fall to the “Reagan” of 24%.