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Why did Dwight D. Eisenhower win the 1952 presidential election?

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carolina999 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 25, 2010 at 6:59 AM via web

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Why did Dwight D. Eisenhower win the 1952 presidential election?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 25, 2010 at 7:04 AM (Answer #1)

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Dwight Eisenhower won the presidency in 1952 largely because he was so popular from World War II.  He had been the leader of the Allied forces in Europe and was greatly respected because of that.

Eisenhower was helped by the fact that he was running against a weak opponent -- Adlai Stevenson.  Stevenson was not seen as a very strong personality.  Eisenhower clearly was.  People thought that this was vey important because they thought it would be one indication that Ike would be better able to stand up to the communists.

So I'd say he won for two reason -- his huge popularity from the war and his image as a tougher guy than Stevenson.

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