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Passing the President's Program: Public Opinion and Presidential Influence in Congress

Rivers, Douglas and Rose, Nancy L. (1984) Passing the President's Program: Public Opinion and Presidential Influence in Congress. Social Science Working Paper, 549. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA. (Unpublished)

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Correlations between legislative support scores and presidential popularity do not accurately reflect the relationship between public opinion and presidential influence in Congress. Presidents make strategic choices to expend their public prestige to obtain congressional approval of programmatic initiatives. Previous studies have ignored such choices as well as other features of the strategic environment which tend to lower the apparent legislative success rates of popular presidents. A model of presidential and congressional behavior is proposed and it is estimated that a one percent increase in a president's public support level increases the president's legislative approval rate by approximately one percent (holding program size fixed).

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Additional Information:Published as Rivers, Douglas, and Nancy L. Rose. "Passing the president's program: Public opinion and presidential influence in Congress." American Journal of Political Science (1985): 183-196.
Group:Social Science Working Papers
Subject Keywords: Political parties, Public opinion, Prestige, Congressional voting, Congressional legislation, Presidential performance, Congressional elections, Polls, Presidential elections
Series Name:Social Science Working Paper
Issue or Number:549
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Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:81546
Deposited By: Jacquelyn Bussone
Deposited On:19 Sep 2017 16:37
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