Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Bush: damned by faint praise


Apparently Bush was not the least popular President of the last century, or event he last half-century. This neat little Wall Street Journal graphic charts the popularity of Truman through Bush (using AP poll data).

Bush manages, at his lowest, to edge out Nixon and Truman, and is just below Carter's bottom.

Of course the real measure of how like/disliked a President would require taking the integral of the "poll function" to measure popularity over time. But I dont think these lines have a closed form solution, so that would be pretty difficult.

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