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Unsurpassed: The Popular Appeal of Franklin Roosevelt

Helmut Norpoth


Franklin Roosevelt’s popular appeal is traced to his actions as commander-in-chief, a shorthand for his handling of foreign policy. Norpoth has mined a treasure trove of polls conducted during the 1930’s and 1940’s that probed public opinion about Franklin Roosevelt, foreign and domestic politics, along with party loyalties and electoral choices. FDR won re-election to an unprecedented third term—and then a fourth—because of wartime conditions that highlighted his role as commander-in-chief. FDR’s fabled fireside chats about foreign perils paid off as the American people, in a historic opinion ... More

Keywords: Franklin Roosevelt, Presidential Approval, Public Opinion, Isolationism, Foreign Policy, World War II, Presidential Elections, Party Realignment, New Deal

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190882747
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190882747.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helmut Norpoth, author
Professor of Political Science, Stony Brook University