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Looking beyond the individual office holders to the office itself, this third edition of Vital Statistics on the Presidency covers George Washington's tenure through the 2008 primary season. The book's expansive view of the presidency allows readers to recognize major themes across administrations, and reach overall conclusions about the nature of the institution and its future. The illuminating data is put into context by thoughtful essays explaining key statistical patterns, making this third edition an intriguing and comprehensive reference to important patterns throughout the history of the presidency.

Public Opinions
Public opinions

The previous chapter analyzed how presidents' public appearances form one type of institutional behavior. This chapter poses another critical test of the extent to which the presidency is an institution: How does the public evaluate the performances of individual ...

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