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From the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34
When and how badly will scandals hurt Obama’s approval ratings?
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Pat Cunningham offers an unabashedly liberal perspective on national politics. A note of caution: The language gets a little salty on some of the sites to which this blog links. So, don't say you weren't warned. By the way, this blog's name is inspired by the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34 In 41 years as a print and broadcast journalist, most of those years with the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, Pat has covered national politics under eight American presidents. He's attended 10 national political conventions, Republican and Democratic alike, and has interviewed countless prominent political players, including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.
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May 15, 2013 11:20 a.m.



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A funny thing about problems in the executive branch of the federal government — some of which are actual scandals — is that they don’t always badly hurt a president’s approval rating among the American populace.

And in some cases, the dip in a president’s popularity arising from scandal is relatively short-lived.

Two examples are instructive in this regard.

When the arms-for-hostages Iran-Contra scandal emerged in late 1986, Ronald Reagan’s approval rating in the Gallup poll quickly plummeted from 63 percent to 47 percent and stayed relatively low throughout 1987. But his numbers jumped back to the upper 50s and ...

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