Saturday, April 3, 2010

How is Obama like Reagan?

Chris Weigant of Huffington Post took a look a the approval/disapproval ratings of Obama versus former presidents. Turns out Obama's approval/disapproval polls so far in his presidency track most closely to those of none other than Ronald Reagan during his first term. Take a look at this chart.

The bad news for Democrats is that the first mid-term elections under Reagan (1982) were seen as a referndum on his economic policies--and, he lost. Democrats gained 26 seats in the House, the biggest reversal for the party in power since the fallout from Watergate. However, the makeup of the Senate did not change.

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