The Polls: Cabinet Member and Presidential Approval

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  • COSTAS PANAGOPOULOS

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    1. Fordham University
      Costas Panagopoulos is a visiting assistant professor of political science and director of the Elections and Campaign Management Program at Fordham University.
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Costas Panagopoulos is a visiting assistant professor of political science and director of the Elections and Campaign Management Program at Fordham University.

Abstract

Are presidential approval and the level of approval of key administration officials linked? Previous findings reveal scant evidence of such a relationship and suggest presidential and subordinate approval are independently derived. This article examines this question further by assessing Americans' attitudes toward the secretaries of state during the George W. Bush presidency. I find no evidence of a causal connection between impressions of presidential performance and approval of the secretary of state or vice versa. Cabinet member approval appears to be driven by media coverage of their activities rather than the macropartisanship or economic performance that influence presidential approval.

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