AN EXAMINATION OF PRESIDENTIAL APPROVAL BASED ON THE PRESIDENT'S HANDLING OF SPECIFIC ISSUES AND A ROADMAP TO INFLUENCING THE PUBLIC'S OPINION OF THE PRESIDENT
Dorshkind, Julie Rebecca
The extent to which the public approves of how the President is handling his job has a significant impact on the President's ability to persuade others to support his policies and ideas. Studying what factors, particularly how the public views his handling of specific issues, influence the public's perception of the President overall enables a better understanding of the makeup of presidential approval. The President's approval rating typically follows a number of patterns based on outside events. The honeymoon effect, rally around the flag effect, and approval based on the status of the economy have been seen during virtually all presidencies since job approval polling began in the 1930s. This analysis delves further into the causes of presidential approval rating increases or decreases by studying what effect the President's handling of specific issues, such as the war in Iraq and the economy, has on his overall approval rating utilizing data from a Pew Research poll from May 2005. Further, by examining the public's answers to questions related to economic issues that are at least partly within the President's control, it is possible to decipher a roadmap of what should be emphasized in order to sway approval of the President.
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