Past Presidents

Nixon versus Eisenhower

Dwight Eisenhower (Republican) "Ike"

  • Thirty-fourth president
  • Terms: 1953-1961
  • Born in Texas
  • introduced the New Deal and Fair Deal Programs in a re-establishment of a balanced budget
  • War veteran, Commander of Allied forces in Europe in WWII
  • Conservative domestic policies
  • Cool crisis management
  • Strengthened Social Security, increased minimum wage, and created the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
  • Created the Interstate Highway Program, the largest public works program
  • Signed an armistice and ended Korean War
  • Never voted until he became president\
  • Best known for always enjoying strong public approval

"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."

Approval Ratings:


started: 66%

ranged between: 52-73%

ended: 60%

Overall Average: 65%

Richard Nixon (Republican) "Tricky Dick"

  • Thirty-seventh president
  • Presiding from: 1969-1974
  • born in California
  • Quaker
  • U.S. Senator from California
  • Lawyer, a businessman, and a navy officer
  • Served two terms as VP to Eisenhower
  • Presided over a period of legislative innovation
  • rennewed relations with China
  • Ended Vietnam War
  • Remembered best for the only president resigning from office
  • Watergate Scandal

"A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits."

Approval Ratings:


started: 62%

ranged between: 38-62%

ended: 38%

Overall Average: 48%