Madam POTUS

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What percent of Americans would be willing to vote for a woman for president?

  1. What story does this chart tell?

  2. Identify one trend from the chart.

  3. Explain one reason for this trend.

  4. What is one consequence of the trend?

  5. How many times has one of the two major American political parties run a woman for president?

  6. Make a claim about how likely a woman (this could be a general claim or a focused claim about a specific candidate) is to win the presidency in the 2020 election.

  7. Explain whether this chart is good or bad news.

  8. If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be a woman, would you vote for that person?

  9. Describe how you think party affiliation, gender, and age would impact how voters would respond to this question.

  10. If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be a man, would you vote for that person?

  11. Six percent of American voters automatically disqualify any female presidential candidates. What percent of Americans do you believe would automatically disqualify a male presidential candidate?

  12. Given the data in the chart, a male presidential candidate would be starting off with a six point head start over any female candidate. Explain whether tha alone is reason enough for a political party to automatically reject any female candidate.

  13. Given the fact that according to many polls Elizabeth Warren is now in first or second place among Democratic presidential candidates, and given the data from the poll above, make a claim about whether the Democratic Party should try to stop Warren (a female) from being their presidential nominee?

  14. How much do you think the sex of the Democratic presidential nominee impacted the 2016 presidential election?

  15. How much do you think the sex of the Democratic presidential nominee will impact the 2020 presidential election?

  16. How do you think the sex of the Democratic presidential candidate will impact the strategy of the Trump reelection campaign?

  17. If you think a woman could ever win the American presidency, in what year do you predict that will first happen?

  18. Explain why we have had an African-American (or more accurately, a mixed-race) president and not a female president.

  19. Explain what it is about the ideological and demographic makeup of the Republican and Democratic parties which explains why the Republicans have never nominated a female for president, while the 2016 Democratic Presidential nominee was a woman, and two of their leading 2020 Presidential candidates are females.

  20. What does the Declaration of Independence say about equality?

  21. What does the U.S. Constitution say about women running for office or voting?

  22. Amendment XIX gave all American women the right to vote on August 18, 1920. That was less than 100 years ago. Do you think it is surprising that a woman would has not won the presidency since this Amendment is less than a century old?

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Gallup report on how demographics like religion, race, and gender affect a candidate’s electability.

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Learning Extension

Read this great Vox story: Women candidates are constantly asked about their electability. Here are 5 reasons that’s misguided.

Action Extension

In a quartet, trio, or pair enter into a respectful discussion about why a woman has never been president and whether a woman ever will win the U.S. presidency. Before you share your opinion, listen both carefully and actively to your partners as they share their opinions. Repeat a summary of their comments back to them when they are done. Share the results of your conversation in class tomorrow.

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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?

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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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Trump Turnover - It's What's For Breakfast!

How does the turnover of President Trump's top advisors, aides, and White House staff compare to recent presidents?

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  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What story does this data tell about the current president?

  3. Why do you think there is such high turnover in the White House?

  4. What is a consequence to the American government of such a high rate of turnover?

  5. Explain whether you think this high rate of turnover is a good thing:

  6. Do White House staff members have to be approved by Congress?

  7. Do you think that Congressional approval of White House staff would be a good idea?

  8. If POTUS Trump has had over a 1/3 turnover in White House Staff so far, what do you think the rate of turnover will be in the next few years?*

  9. How many of the White House staff members who have left have been fired and how many have resigned?*

  10. Would you want to work for a company, organization or team that had such a high turnover rate?

  11. In the comments section, how would you classify or name the managerial and leadership style of POTUS Trump.

  12. Has there been a high level of turnover in the President's cabinet?

Learning Extension

Watch the Washington Post video (below) about Trump Administration turnover, listen to this NPR story or read the original Brookings report on Trump staff turnover.

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Of these Trump staff members (shown on January 28, 2017) how many remain in the White House?

Of these Trump staff members (shown on January 28, 2017) how many remain in the White House?

Action Extension

Share any of these charts or graphs on social media and share the response in class or online.