November 21, 1993
Q: He's up! He's down! He's up! The Clinton presidency is like a yo-yo, and last week was no exception. Only days before his impressive victory on NAFTA, the President chalked up a political low: At the one-year-after-election mark, his approval rating was an underwhelming 49 percent. That figure, from the Washington Post-ABC News poll, puts Clinton in limited company. Since World War II, in fact, only one other president has ranked so low with the American public a year after winning office.
October 15, 1986 |
The political agenda of young black Americans is beginning to more closely resemble that of whites, with emphasis shifting from promoting civil rights and government poverty programs to fighting drug abuse and crime, according to a national poll made public yesterday. That shift was also reflected in a stronger approval rating for President Reagan among blacks - especially those under the age of 30 - and a noticeable decline in blacks' traditional loyalty to the Democratic Party.
February 15, 2012 |
A NEW POLL HOLDS good news and bad news for Mayor Nutter and Philadelphia in his second term. The Pew Charitable Trusts poll released yesterday showed that the approval rating for Nutter's job performance is on the rise, even as residents express growing concerns about crime, education and the economy. Nutter's approval rating increased to 60 percent, up from 52 percent in a Pew poll last year. That was helped by a 10-percentage-point increase in his approval rating among African-Americans, with whom his numbers have previously been less than stellar.
July 16, 1990
You have to wonder what the fuss was all about. A new survey by the Times Mirror Center for the People and the Press has found that President Bush's reversal of his "no new taxes" pledge was the country's most closely followed news story last month, in spite of Mr. Bush's efforts to minimize the impact by quietly releasing a written statement in the midst of Nelson Mandela's visit. So the President must be in real trouble with the electorate, right? Wrong. His approval rating after the blitz of negative publicity was 64 percent - exactly what it was in late May and early June, when he was still asking people to read his lips.
March 6, 1987 |
President Reagan apparently scored a hit in the televised address in which he accepted full responsibility for the Iran arms scandal. According to two polls released last night, Reagan's approval rating clearly increased among Americans who watched his speech. A CBS-New York Times poll conducted after the speech found that the president's approval rating had jumped to 51 percent from 42 percent last weekend. The proportion of those disapproving of his performance dropped from 46 percent to 42 percent.
October 1, 2010
EVERY DAY, millions march into liquor stores and stumble home from bars in the wee hours. Lives are destroyed. Homes are broken into pieces. Children suffer, but later replicate. This is, however, if the drunk doesn't drive. Thousands are dead in Pakistan. Unemployment is at 10 percent. The proud promise of a presidency is at a 38 percent approval rating. Thirty-three percent of all African-American males are in jail. But, the big story today (ABC News) is that Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton are guilty, again!
July 6, 1993
SAVING A LEGEND For many Americans, there was no greater automotive dream than the Corvette, that low-slung, souped-up delight that defined cool from its first appearance 40 years ago this year. Who hasn't imagined donning very black sunglasses, sliding behind the leather-wrapped wheel and taking to the road in a two-door glamourpuss car with no back seat, laughable gas mileage and virtually no trunk. Few ever did it, of course, but we all could dream - couldn't we? Alas, foreign competition and warier buyers combined to drive sales down and put the car in danger of entering the Great Junkyard-in-the-Sky.
May 12, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama's approval rating has hit its highest point in two years - 60 percent - and more than half of Americans now say that he deserves to be re-elected, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll taken after U.S. forces killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. In worrisome signs for Republicans, the president's standing improved not just on foreign policy but also on the economy, and independents - a key voting bloc in the November 2012 presidential election - caused the overall uptick in support by sliding back to Obama after fleeing for much of the past two years.
July 10, 1997 |
HARLAN, Ky. Dad guilty in sale of daughter for $800 A 22-year-old father has been convicted of trying to sell his year-old daughter for $800. Billy Ray Baldwin will be sentenced later this month. The jury that convicted him Tuesday recommended he get a year in prison. His wife, Christa, 17, had also been charged in the case but pleaded guilty in juvenile court in exchange for probation and community service. The Baldwins were arrested in March 1996 after baby sitters Dennie and Cheryl Halcomb said the Baldwins asked if they wanted to adopt their daughter Margie Kala for cash.
January 16, 1986 |
The whispering and fidgeting grade schoolers became suddenly silent as President Reagan joined them yesterday in a moving remembrance of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a hero who made America "different and better. " Celebrating what would have been the 57th birthday of the slain civil rights leader, Reagan went to a run-down corner of the capital and took the stage at the Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School to praise Dr. King for his passion, his conscience and his commitment to nonviolence.