This study examines the factors that contribute to presidential success in Congress. Results show that, overall, presidential popularity, the president's party's margin of control in Congress and the misery index positively and significantly affect presidential success in Congress, whereas party unity, presidential effort and saliency are, overall, not significant determinants of success. The study also demonstrates that the honeymoon period does not increase a president's success rate. The results indicate that these variables interact differently within foreign policy than domestic policy and in the Senate than the House.
Gibbs, '09, Christine, "Presidential Success in Congress: Factors that Determine the President's Ability to Influcence Congressional Voting" (2009). Honors Projects. Paper 35.