ElectionMargin: Election Margin

Description Format Details Source


Approval rating and election margin for recent presidential elections


A dataset with 11 observations on the following 5 variables.

Year Certain election years from 1940-2004
Candidate Incumbent US president
Approval Presidential approval rating at time of election
Margin margin of victory/defeat (as a percentage)
Result Outcome of the election for the imbumbent: Lost or Won


Data include US Presidential elections since 1940 in which an incumbent was running for president. The approval rating for the sitting president is comapred to the margin of victory/defeat in the election.


Silver, Nate, "Approval Ratings and Re-Election Odds", fivethirtyeight.com, posted January 28, 2011.

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