Base Love

Over the past 40 years, what president was the most popular within his own party?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What most surprised you about this data?

  3. What does this data tell you about the current president’s popularity within his own party?

  4. Why do you think that is?

  5. What is one consequence of Trump’s level of popularity within his own party?

  6. How Does a president’s popularity within their own party usually translate to (Un)popularity within the opposition party?*

  7. Based on your knowledge of American politics, respond to the following claim: For a president, it is more important to be popular within your own party than with the opposition party.

  8. Who was the least popular president within his own party?

  9. How much does popularity translate into historical success?

  10. How much does a president’s popularity translate into their ability to make policy? President Trump is now faced with an opposition party in control of the House of Representative. How can the opposition party in control of the U.S. House impact the rule of a president?

  11. What does it mean to get primaried?

  12. Based on the data in the chart, do you think Trump will get primaried in 2020?

  13. How low would his approval rating have to be to place him in danger of being primaried?

  14. What are some current challenges to President Trump’s popularity?

  15. What do you think Hillary Clinton’s approval numbers would be like had she won the electoral college vote and was now president?

  16. Trump has repeatedly claimed that he is the most popular Republican president ever. In a Tweet this summer he wrote…

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Why do you think Trump makes claims that are not only not true but are easily provable as false?

Visual Extension*

Learning Extension

Read the Five Thirty Eight story on Trump’s popularity.

Action Extension

Contact the White House and share one thought with the president of how he could become more popular.

Separated at Birth Extension

(Special Presidential Edition)

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