Fascinating slice of political info-porn via the WSJ:
At the (free) WSJ site, you can click through each president’s term.
But don’t think its just the President: As Gallup reports in this June 11-14, 2007, survey, 24% of Americans approve and 71% disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job. Congressional approval is down five points since last month and more than 10 points from the higher support levels in January and February following the Democratic takeover.
The current 24% rating is similar to the poor ratings Congress received last year, with Americans essentially voting to take control of Congress away from the Republicans in November…
It is unusual for congressional job approval ratings to be at or below 24%.
Note that Congress has been rated this negatively only a few times in the four decades Gallup has measured this item — in 1979, during the energy crisis; at several points during the "term limits era" of 1990 to 1994; and last year. The above listed years were periods of tough economic conditions.
Congressional Job Approval Dips Again This Month
Democrats, Republicans now almost equally likely to disapprove of Congress
Gallup, June 20, 2007
How the Presidents Stack Up
WSJ, June 5th, 2007
Fascinating overview of how the presidential aspirants are doing at the political futures trading sites:
The guy I supported in 2000 has become a huge short sale:
Presidential Futures Market: McCain Plummets
Yeah, that’s right: my disclosure is I supported McCain in 2000. I thought the guy was unreachable by special interests. (What do I know? Turned out he’s just another whore like the rest of ‘em — He caved in to the religious right, and they saw right through him).
The rest of the field is after the jump: On the Dem side, its Hillary & Obama; For the GOP, its Rudy and Fred Thompson.