Monday, May 14, 2007

Eleven presidents quiz

Posted By on 05.14.07 at 07:00 AM

We've had 11 presidents since the end of World War II: Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush.

Only one of this motley crew ended his presidency with a higher approval rating than he began. Which? Your clue: he also enjoyed the highest end-of-term approval rating of all 11, around 63 percent. Answer and link below. No fair cheating!

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ANSWER: Mark Kleiman at The Reality-Based Community has the goods, originally from the Wall Street Journal. Truman and Nixon had the record-lowest approval ratings of the bunch, and Truman and W. the biggest collapses during their tenures. The only post-WW2 president more popular at the end of his presidency than at the beginning was Bill Clinton.

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