AUTHORS' NOTE: We would like to thank Northwestern University and the White House Studies Association for financial assistance.
Exorcising Scandal in the White House: Presidential Polling in Times of Crisis
Version of Record online: 24 AUG 2006
Presidential Studies Quarterly
Volume 36, Issue 3, pages 493–505, September 2006
How to Cite
ROTTINGHAUS, B. and BEREZNIKOVA, Z. (2006), Exorcising Scandal in the White House: Presidential Polling in Times of Crisis. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 36: 493–505. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-5705.2006.02559.x
- Issue online: 24 AUG 2006
- Version of Record online: 24 AUG 2006
Several important works have addressed the issue of scandal in the White House; however, no study has used internal White House archival polling data to explore the phenomenon of presidential recovery from scandal. In this research note, we expand the analysis of presidential polling and connect these internal procedures to times of scandal in the White House across two presidents and three scandals. We identify four questions the White House is concerned with (through the polling) and we suggest polling is uniquely helpful in identifying answers to these questions that gauge the depth of presidential involvement, the ability of the president to continue to govern, the importance of the scandal to the public, and the fairness of the media.