Economic ups and downs of the presidency
The economy is one of many factors that can make or break a president, and it is the biggest issue of the 2012 presidential election. There are numerous ways to define a healthy economy. Here is a look at how the stock market and unemployment rate during President Obama’s time in the White House stack up against recent incumbent presidents vying for a second term. By Karen Yourish and Laura Stanton. Read related article.
Sources: Bloomberg, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington Post-ABC News polling, Gallup (Carter approval numbers). By Karen Yourish and Laura Stanton - The Washington Post.