July 28, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The economy is in the tank and hopes for quick improvement are dim. Most people don't like the direction the country is headed and many blame President Obama. And his GOP rival scores better on the top issues. So why isn't Obama doing worse in the polls? One likely reason: Voters like him more than Mitt Romney. Obama's job approval ratings long ago plummeted from his halcyon postelection days. But the president's favorability - the catchall measure that pollsters say reflects voters' gut feelings about a politician - has been resilient.
June 11, 1992 |
Leaders of Romania's main political parties have agreed to hold parliamentary and presidential elections Sept. 27, President Ion Iliescu announced Wednesday. After meeting with party leaders in his Cotroceni Palace headquarters, Iliescu said they agreed that any further delay in the country's second post-Communist general elections "would cause a climate of uncertainty and tension."
May 3, 1985 |
Iran will hold presidential elections before July 22, the Interior Ministry said Thursday. President Ali Khamenei, 45, Iran's third president since the 1979 Islamic revolution, completes his four-year term in September but has not yet said whether he will seek a second term.
November 8, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Even more than the election that made Barack Obama the first black president, the one that returned him to office sent an unmistakable signal that the hegemony of the straight white male in America is over. The long drive for broader social participation by all Americans reached a turning point in the 2012 election, which is likely to go down as a watershed in the nation's social and political evolution - and not just because in some states voters approved of same-sex marriage for the first time.
October 29, 1986 |
Vice President Salvador Laurel, in a move against President Corazon Aquino, suggested today that voters decide if they want presidential elections next year or if Aquino should remain in office without elections until 1992. Critics of Aquino, led by Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile, have called for prompt elections, claiming she forfeited her legitimacy by scrapping the 13-year-old constitution promulgated under Ferdinand E. Marcos.
May 14, 2004
"Plucking Votes From Disasters" (Commentary, May 12) provides yet another justification for abolishing the antiquated electoral college (as if the idea of having the voters decide presidential elections wasn't convincing enough). Without an electoral college, we'd have no more "battleground states" to get preferential treatment with respect to disaster relief or plain old "pork." Unfortunately, the least populous states have an effective veto over the constitutional amendment required to discard the electoral college.
November 11, 2007 |
With two weeks left before the president has to step down, Lebanon's parliament speaker postponed presidential elections for the third time to give deadlocked rival factions more time to find a compromise candidate. Parliament, dominated by anti-Syrian legislators, was to meet Monday for another attempt to choose a successor to pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud, who steps down Nov. 24.
May 21, 1989 |
Opposition leader Kim Young-sam will pay a visit to the Soviet Union from June 2 to 10, the first by a South Korean political leader, his aides said last week. They said Kim, a runner-up in the 1987 presidential elections, had been invited by Evergeni Primakov, director of the Moscow Institute of World Economy and International Relations.