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Seats in Congress Gained/Lost by the President's Party in Mid-Term Elections


• Beginning with Obama, job approval is the average job approval during the noted half month period.
• A "lame-duck" mid-term (Congressional) election is one that occurs when the incumbent President is constitutionally prohibited from seeking re-election in the next scheduled presidential election. Arguable exceptions are noted below.
* Harry S. Truman was not prevented from running for a 3rd term in 1952 although he chose not to seek re-election.
Lyndon B. Johnson was not a lame-duck president in 1966, but in March 1968 he chose not to seek
± Although Gerald Ford was not a lame-duck president and did run for re-election in 1976, the 1974 mid-term election took place only three months after the resignation of Richard Nixon and only two months following Ford's pardon of Nixon. Data Sources:
• Presidential job approval data from The Gallup Poll.
• 1950 — 1994 Congressional seat gain/loss from Lyn Ragsdale, Vital Statistics on the Presidency, Washington, DC: CQ Press, 1998.
• 1934 — 1946 & 1998 — 2014 Congressional seat gain/loss by Gerhard Peters, The American Presidency Project