US Presidential Elections 1952-1986

Comparison of US Presidential Elections
in the United States
Data Range
Election
Year
PresidentElec
Coll
Winner
Elec
Coll
Opp'nt
Pop. Vote
Winner
Pop. Vote
Opp'nt
Issue
 1984  Ronald Reagan [R] 525 13 54.46m 37.58m Morning in America
 1980  Ronald Reagan [R] 489 49 43.90m 35.48m Inflation, Iran hostages
 1976  Jimmy Carter [D] 297 240 40.83m 39.15m Nixon scandals
 1972  Richard M. Nixon [R] 520 17 47.17m 29.17m Vietnam War
 1968  Richard M. Nixon [R] 301 191 31.79m 31.28m Vietnam War
 1964  Lyndon B. Johnson [D] 486 52 43.13m 27.18m Civil rights
 1960  John F. Kennedy [D] 303 219 34.23m 34.11m Recession, missile gap
 1956  Dwight D. Eisenhower [R] 457 73 35.59m 26.02m Prosperity
 1952  Dwight D. Eisenhower [R] 442 89 33.94m 27.31m Korean War
 Notes:

1. Estimate from RealClearPolitics.com. Tossups 50/50.

Presidential Elections

By example of President Washington from 1789 to 1940 and by law since the ratification of the 22nd Amendment in 1951 a President of the United States has one chance to be reelected. His reelection necessarily becomes a referendum on his first term. Usually the main issue is the president’s stewardship of the nation’s economy.

 — Christopher Chantrill