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Former Presidents can be effective opinion makers long after leaving office

Winger, Gregory and Black, Julia ORCID: 0000-0002-5838-3265 (2024) Former Presidents can be effective opinion makers long after leaving office. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (08 Mar 2024). Blog Entry.

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While in theory a president’s power should end when they end their term in office, they can often wield considerable influence after they leave the White House. In new research, Gregory H. Winger and Alex Oliver explore the power of what they term the ‘Rhetorical Post-Presidency’. Using surveys to test the influence of former presidents’ statements on certain policy issues, they find that former presidents can influence public opinion, but that this often depends on the president and the issue. They also find that Donald Trump’s toxicity with Democratic voters fell between 2020 – when he was president – and 2022 – after he left the White House.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
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Additional Information: © 2024 The Author(s)
Divisions: Law
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2024 10:21
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 10:55

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