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Unsurpassed : the popular appeal of Franklin Roosevelt

Author: Helmut Norpoth
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]
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"Donald Trump's consistently and historically low approval ratings have provoked much discussion about why the US electorate finds him so polarizing. Moreover, his tenure lays bare the deep divisions in public opinion on federal policy. In striking contrast sits Franklin Roosevelt, the first president to be covered by public opinion polls. Roosevelt's average approval ratings surpassed those of every subsequent  Read more...
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Norpoth, Helmut.
Commander in Chief.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2018005500
Named Person: Franklin D Roosevelt; Franklin D Roosevelt; Franklin D Roosevelt
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Helmut Norpoth
ISBN: 9780190882754 0190882751
OCLC Number: 1040079601
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Fireside leadership --
Guns and jobs --
First in popularity --
The wartime vote --
Making America safe for Democrats --
G.I. Partisanship.
Responsibility: Helmut Norpoth.

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"Donald Trump's consistently and historically low approval ratings have provoked much discussion about why the US electorate finds him so polarizing. Moreover, his tenure lays bare the deep divisions in public opinion on federal policy. In striking contrast sits Franklin Roosevelt, the first president to be covered by public opinion polls. Roosevelt's average approval ratings surpassed those of every subsequent sitting president (with the exception of John Kennedy) and increased with time, a very rare achievement. Even US involvement in war did nothing to diminish his popularity. In fact, as this book argues, FDR's wartime policy and the broad public support for it was decisive in his third term run and win - even more important than the passage of the New Deal. As such, the FDR experience defied major paradigms of presidential politics. Yet Roosevelt has been ignored relatively by scholars of public opinion. What can FDR's experience teach us and his successors about rousing broad public support, particularly during wartime? What light does his success shed on the failures of Presidents Truman, Johnson, and George W. Bush in Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq? On key issues, mainly with foreign policy but also domestic, FDR had to contend with an American public that opposed his plans at the outset. Helmut Norpoth argues that Roosevelt had an unparalleled ability for leadership that enabled him to move the public to embrace his policies. In this book he takes an in-depth look at how FDR's leadership swayed public opinion, comparing his experience to his successors and select foreign leaders, including Churchill, to draw broad conclusions about what makes for successful presidential politics"--

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This book is recommended for all academic libraries. Unsurpassed is rich, almost astonishingly so, in new data, insights, and suggestions about presidential leadership and American public opinion. It Read more...

 
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