Presidents Used To Be The Faces Of Their Political Parties. Is That No Longer The Case?

Source: FiveThirtyEight
by Julia Azari

“In our polarized political era, presidents have increasingly become the faces of their parties, operating as symbols of what their parties value — and what the opposing party rejects. Recent Republican presidents have doubled down on ideology and conservative social issues. Democratic presidents after Ronald Reagan have been a bit more cautious on social issues but have still served as symbolic party leaders focused on identity and the connections Democrats have to a range of demographic groups. But with President Biden, this analogy begins to break down.” (07/13/21)