|Comparison of US Presidential Elections |
in the United States
|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|
1. Estimate from RealClearPolitics.com. Tossups 50/50.
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 presidents stewardship of the nations economy.