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Charles Franklin Provides Political Nugget For Nixon History Buffs

August 12, 2018

Charles Franklin is a state treasure.  His posting about Richard Nixon’s approval ratings during Watergate is really insightful.  

Nixon’s approval collapsed between Feb and Oct 1973. Steady before, steady after. Revelations & evidence presented in those 9 months, not subsequent events, persuaded all who could be persuaded.

By the time of the Saturday Night Massacre, on October 20, 1973, Nixon’s approval had already reached its “steady state” low point, with almost no change until the bitter end.

The Massacre itself and subsequent revelations, including tape transcripts, and impeachment proceedings did little to reduce his approval ratings. Republican support remained about 54%, independents about 25% and Dems about 15%.

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