The Presidency: The Affection Gap

Such is Lyndon Johnson's thirst for acclaim that he has had electronic devices installed in the presidential limousines so that he can drink in the applause of the populace as he drives by. He may soon need an amplifier. The Louis Harris poll reported last week that only 50% of the American public now endorses the President v. 83% in February 1964; the Gallup poll shows an 8% decline, from 56% to 48%, in two months.

To some extent, of course, L.BJ. has fallen victim to the mid-term doldrums that descend on most...

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