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New Viz: Rating the Presidents

As you may be able to tell by the topics of many of my visualizations, I’m a bit of a political junkie. Of particular interest is presidential politics. That being said, I have to admit that I don’t have as much knowledge as I’d like about the presidents of the past and what made them good or bad (or just somewhere in between). So, when I learned that C-SPAN sponsors an annual survey of historians, professors, and other “professional observers of the presidency” in order to rate and rank the presidents, I was incredibly intrigued. I found myself digging through the data trying to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each president. After spending way too much time with the data, I decided to visualize it. The result is my new viz, Rating the Presidents. Hope you enjoy it (and maybe learn something along the way)!!


Ken Flerlage, September 29, 2021

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  1. Firstly, thanks so much for sharing the viz - it is amazing! I have a question on how do you create the background images of the coxcombs i.e. the circular grids?

    1. I drew them in PowerPoint then brought them in as background image. Happy to share further details if you could send me an email.


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