THE PRESIDENCY: Popularity Up

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Eisenhower is handling his job as President?" In response to this standard Gallup poll question, a nationwide cross section of U.S. citizens contradicted the Democratic image of a declining and increasingly unpopular President. In the Gallup sampling reported this week, 59% approved and 26% disapproved (15% had no opinion).

The results showed a comeback in Ike's popularity since his alltime low in recession-ridden April, when 49% approved and 35% disapproved. Ike's all-time high on the Gallup popularity scale: 79% at the time of the Geneva summit meeting in July 1955, and again at...

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