An account of how presidents, from Truman to Bush, have been shaped by changes in the polls. The book shows that presidents often do make Faustian bargains on behalf of their popularity, but they get surprisingly little in return.
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Barbara Hinckley is Professor of Political Science at Purdue University and a consultant on elections for ABC News.From Library Journal:
Brace and Hinckley ( Symbolic Presidency, LJ 6/1/90) address the fascinating and complex role of opinion polls and their influence on the modern presidency from Harry Truman to George Bush. Solid political science research and precisely wrought prose identify major influences on approval ratings: erosion of confidence as the presidential term proceeds; economic difficulties; presidential addresses to the public; and dramatic events, from the coal and steel strikes of 1949 to the 1988 invasion of Panama. The authors also look at how presidents time their actions in order to increase their standing in the polls. They assess each president's performance and approval ratings, including an especially detailed look at the Bush presidency. Research methodology is mercifully relegated to the appendixes. Readers who want to understand the modern political process will find this book interesting and illuminating. Highly recommended for both academic and public libraries. Previewed in "On the Campaign Book Trail," LJ 3/15/92.--Ed.
- Ebba Kraar King, Melbourne P.L., Fla.
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Book Description Basic Books, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M046501335X