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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Presidential Approval and Midterm Results

Public Opinion Strategies has an analysis of the link between presidential approval ratings and midterm results. POS is a GOP firm, but its conclusions are broadly consistent with the findings of political scientists.

POS, with the help of data from the Gallup Organization and information from our friends at National Journal and The Cook Political Report, took a look at how presidential approval effected mid-term House losses for the President’s party in every mid-term election since 1962. The results were staggering. If the President’s approval rating was 60% or higher, the President’s party picked up an average of 1 seat. If the approval rating was between 50 and 59%, the average loss was 12 seats. Finally, if the President’s approval rating was below 50%, the average loss was 41 seats (one seat more than the 40 seats GOPers need to win back control of the House).