Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research


This essay explores the success of the agenda set in the State of the Union and attempts to provide insight on the factors that affect this success. Specifically, I will examine many factors on legislation which include: How does the year in a President's term affect legislative success? How does control of government affect legislative success? What role does partisanship play in the success of the agenda? After this analysis, I will evaluate the presidential success scores reported by the CQ almanac in relationship with the success of the President's agenda.