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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Jan 24, 2021, 04:22 PM

11. Did Nixon really rehabilitate his image?

Maybe a little but he's still regarded as one of the most corrupt presidents in American history. He also was still ostracized from mainstream politics, even if he built relationships in private (I believe he and Bill Clinton became pretty friendly up until Nixon's death in 1994).

Still, Nixon was not brought to any Republican convention after his last in 1972. Not '76 or '80, '84 or '92.

Take the most recent Gallup Poll from last week:

59% still consider Nixon either a below average or poor president. That's higher than any president in the poll (since WWII, excluding LBJ & Ford for whatever reason) except for Trump.

The Below Average/Poor by worst numbers:

Trump, 61%
Nixon, 59%
Clinton, 27%
W. Bush, 26%
Carter, 24%
Obama, 23%
H.W Bush, 17%
Reagan, 16%
JFK, 3%

Now recent bias hits this poll pretty hard as Obama is more unpopular than H.W Bush and Clinton more unpopular than Carter. But Nixon stands out as only Kennedy served earlier of those listed.

FWIW, 56% said Obama was either an outstanding or above average president. So, definitely polarizing numbers. Only 28% said the same of H.W. Bush. So, Obama has higher dislike numbers but is much more liked.

Only 10% considered Nixon outstanding or above average.

Even Trump has better numbers there as 29% consider him so.

Ultimately, Nixon might have been able to work his way back into some political circles but I would never say he rehabilitated his image.

The only two presidents who seem much more popular today than the moment they left office are Carter and Bush. They did a better job rehabilitating their image than Nixon but they also didn't have shameful corrupt scandals that brought their presidency down or dominated it like with Trump. Ultimately, they might not be seen as good presidents but as good people. Trump will have neither.

In that same poll, Carter was thought of as an outstanding or above average president by 27%, Bush 24%.

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