Last updated on: 2/4/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Statistical Comparison of US Presidential Terms, 1981-2009

– UPDATED: Statistical Comparison of US Presidential Terms, 1981-2009 – By the end of Clinton’s eight years in office, the $255 billion deficit had become a $128 billion surplus, the poverty rate improved 20%, and the Dow Jones industrial average increased by 227%. However, the national debt had also increased 33% to $5.8 trillion, the US budget grew 30%, and the price of gold fell 19% to $329/oz. Compare before and after stats for Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, and Bush II in 16 categories including deficit, GDP, inflation, unemployment rates, and poverty rates.