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Presidential Performance, Presidential Vetoes by Term

The president has a number of tools at his disposal to influence public opinion, the judiciary, and the legislative process. Presidents can use vetoes, signing statements, and executive orders, among other tactics, to impact legislation and enforcement. Furthermore, presidents have a unique podium from which to issue speeches, major and minor, to influence public perceptions. Over the course of the 20th and 21st centuries, presidents have used the tools at their disposal in differing ways and to different effects. Here, one can view a wealth of indicators, both across time and by president, to explore the important role the executive plays in the U.S. federal system. While some data here dates back to George Washington, the focus is on the second half of the 20th century to the present.

Sample Assignments:

  • Analyze aspects of the White House budget.
  • Compare presidents' uses of a number of executive actions.
  • Use data to study presidential decision making.
Example Shown: Presidential Performance, Presidential Vetoes by Term