The Polls: Popular Views of the Vice President: Vice Presidential Approval



    1. Professor of political science at Fordham University. His most recent book, Presidential Responsivenes and Public Policy-Making: The Public and the Policies That Presidents Choose (University of Michigan Press, 1997), was awarded the 1998 Richard E. Neustadt Award of the Presidency Research Group of the American Political Science Association.
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Poll interest in the vice president has expanded in recent years as the office has become more important in policy making and as a stepping stone to the presidency. This article track these trends in poll interest in the vice presidency and then compares the approval ratings of Bill Clinton and Al Gore during Gore's tenure as Clinton's vice president. Clinton's approval casts a long shadow on approval of his vice president, but data also indicate some differences in the sources of approval of these two national figures.