January 21, 2015
THE STATE of the Union address is a constitutional requirement, as well as a symbolic act whereby the current president pushes his ideas and agenda. But the real job of the State of the Union address is to provide a coherent narrative about who we are and how we are doing at this moment in time. This annual story - and our need for it - is more important some years than others. For example, George Bush's State of the Union following the 9/11 attacks was an important moment to reiterate the country's strengths.
January 28, 1992 |
Some offbeat statistics compiled by the staff of Harper's magazine: Percentage increase, during 1991, in the number of New Hampshire residents receiving food stamps: 47. Average attendance at the largest rally held by each Democratic candidate in New Hampshire last November: 350. Number of people who attended a Ralph Nader rally in Nashua, N.H., in November: 600. Number of times Bill Clinton used the term "middle class" in the...
August 1, 1994 |
NEW YORK CLINTON'S RATING CONTINUES TO SLIDE President Clinton's approval rating among Americans has fallen again, continuing a six-month slide, according to a survey released yesterday. The poll by Louis Harris and Associates found that only 40 percent of adults surveyed gave the president an "excellent" or "pretty good" approval rating, while 59 percent thought his job performance was "fair" or "poor. " The Harris group noted Clinton's approval rating is sliding despite an improvement in the economy.
June 9, 2006
DEAR religious conservatives: I sincerely hope you're not foolish enough to fall for Bush's sad attempt at getting Congress to ban gay marriage - again. Do you believe a president with a 29 percent approval rating will follow through with this? And is it a coincidence that Ken Lay is being sentenced on the 5th anniversy of 9/11? Hmmm. The country won't be paying as much attention to that as they will the anniversary. He was a big Bush supporter, after all. Joseph Timlin, Philadelphia
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!