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Presidents and Parties in the Public Mind

Gary C. Jacobson


This book reports extensive analyses of a vast and diverse set of survey studies of presidential candidates, presidents, and their parties that have accumulated over the past seven decades to demonstrate that modern presidents from Truman to Trump have had a profound, pervasive, and lasting impact on how the public views their parties. It argues that a president’s words and actions articulate and define his party’s current principles and objectives. Judgments about the president’s competence in managing domestic and foreign affairs inform assessments of the party’s competence in such matters. ... More

Keywords: presidents, presidential candidates, Democratic Party, Republican Party, public opinion, party competence, party identification, elections

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226589206
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226589480.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary C. Jacobson, author
University of California, San Diego