Policies And Issues Affect Partisanship

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How New Policies and Issues Affect Partisanship When you observe the graph that the American National Election Studies has created, you begin to notice a pattern. This pattern would be that there was either an increase or decrease in the strength of the people's partisanship for each party around the time that a new president came into office. It seems that every single time that there was a change in the political leader of our country that people either felt very strong partisanship or very little. This must have to do with the idea that with each new president, the new issues arising in the country will be handled a certain way. Furthermore, how said issues are handled by those in office affect the partisanship. These new issues…show more content…
After Eisenhower's very quiet term, President John F. Kennedy is elected from Massachusetts. This is a change in party control because now a Democrat is in office. This, on the graph, marks the highpoint of strength in party partisanship. This may have to do with the many different issues going on at the time. The Civil Rights movement is coming to full power, the great space race is underway, and the conflict with communism continues. All of these different issues cause an rally of support from the people for their parties. JFK is now taking charge to get rid of Jim Crow laws which are unlike more Democrats at the time, and Kennedy is having to deal with spreading communism and the Cuban Missile Crisis. The civil rights movement leads people to have differing opinions on the Jim Crow laws. The mostly Democrat south did not have a problem with the laws in place and maybe people had the idea that separate but equal was ok. In fact, in 1964, twelve southern states voted nay on cloture for the Civil Rights Act. In the end, Lyndon B. Johnson signs the act into law which drives many African Americans to the Democratic party, strengthening the partisanship for Democrats. How John F. Kennedy handled the Cuban missile crisis and the increasing of aid in South Vietnam while creating sanctions for North Vietnam also helped create stronger partisanship, by going the diplomatic route instead of military
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