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Bill Clinton left office with a 60+% approval rating, higher than Reagan when he left. Bill won both elections with 370+ electoral votes. I think the American people were mostly pleased.



Public opinion often has very little to do with what is actually good for the country.


GDP and jobs grew more under Clinton than Reagan too.

They were definitely good years for the economy.

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2018-08-01/rankin...


Sugar high as we sold out the middle class (look at any wage data)


That's cherry picking numbers somewhat.

Clinton never got a majority of the popular vote. A mere 43% in 1992 and 49.2% in 1996.

Contrast that with Obama's 52.9% in 2008 and 51.1% in 2012.

Or Reagan's 50.4% in 1980 and 58.8% smashing in 1984.

Reagan was obviously a lot more popular with the electorate than Bill Clinton and it shows in the only way that ultimately matters: votes. Approval ratings are at best bullshit, at worst they're aggressive propaganda from the corporate media machine to favor their candidates.


> Clinton never got a majority of the popular vote. A mere 43% in 1992 and 49.2% in 1996.

Doesn't change your point, really, but for completion, a Clinton also got a non-majority 48.2% in 2016.


Votes are not a measure of approval. They are a measure of preference within a highly constrained ballot and FPTP game theory.




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