The Polls: The Dynamics of Presidential Favorability, 1991–1998



A presidential favorability time series is the construct for the period 1991 to 1998. Although the favorability series is related to presidential job approval, the two series are not identical. Periods can be identified when favorability is greater than approval, as well as periods when approval is higher than favorability. Other possible sources of the dynamics of presidential favorability are discussed, and the article argues for a multidimensional understanding of public assessments of the president.