National Affairs: Hail to the Chief

One month after Dwight Eisenhower entered the White House in 1953, Pollster George Gallup's interviewers waded into the mainstreams of the nation to ask: "Do you approve or disapprove of the way Eisenhower is handling his job as President?" Newcomer Eisenhower got a 68% vote of confidence. At intervals during Ike's first term Gallup rechecked. found the approval fluctuating between a low of 57% in November 1954, when there had been signs of economic recession and Democratic congressional campaigners were flailing the G.O.P., and a high of 79% in August 1955, after Ike went to Geneva and the warmth of the...

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