Much is being written these days about Howard’s recent high approval ratings. But what I find most interesting is not that the level is high — but rather that the volatility is markedly lower in recent years. According to Newspoll, in his first 5 years, Howard fluctuated from a low of 28% to a high of 67%. But in the past 3 years, his ratings have only varied between 46% and 65%. The real story about Howard isn’t just that he’s more popular — it’s that he isn’t making mistakes like he used to.
To the left is a graph of Howard’s approval ratings, or for an Excel version, click here.