Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research


This study examines the factors that contribute to presidential success in Congress. Results show that, overall, presidential popularity, the president’s party’s control of Congress and the misery index positively and significantly affect presidential success in Congress, whereas party is not a significant factor. 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 compared to domestic policy and in the Senate compared to the House.