A funny thing about problems in the executive branch of the federal government — some of which are actual scandals — is that they don’t always badly hurt a president’s approval rating among the American populace.


And in some cases, the dip in a president’s popularity arising from scandal is relatively short-lived.


Two examples are instructive in this regard.


When the arms-for-hostages Iran-Contra scandal emerged in late 1986, Ronald Reagan’s approval rating in the Gallup poll quickly plummeted from 63 percent to 47 percent and stayed relatively low throughout 1987. But his numbers jumped back to the upper 50s and ...

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A funny thing about problems in the executive branch of the federal government — some of which are actual scandals — is that they don’t always badly hurt a president’s approval rating among the American populace.

And in some cases, the dip in a president’s popularity arising from scandal is relatively short-lived.

Two examples are instructive in this regard.

When the arms-for-hostages Iran-Contra scandal emerged in late 1986, Ronald Reagan’s approval rating in the Gallup poll quickly plummeted from 63 percent to 47 percent and stayed relatively low throughout 1987. But his numbers jumped back to the upper 50s and ...

Read more