Graph depicting Stock Market Performance by Party- Dow
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Sources: DJ Averages

Last updated: December 31, 1969


Dow Jones Performance by the Party of the President

Description: This graph compares the performance of the stock market that the modern day presidents from each party have experienced. The lines show the most recent 15 years of presidency for each party. The data indicates how much an investment of $100 at the start of that 15 year period would be worth today if only that party's 15 years had occurred.

Discussion: During the most recent 15 years during which Republicans have held the presidency, the value of the Dow has increased by 42%. During the Democratic presidencies, it has increased by 609%- 14.5 times faster. The average growth in the value of the Dow under Democrats during this period has been 14.75% and under Republicans it has been 5.11%. (In case you are wondering, the reason the ratio is higher for the total is compounding.)

If you look at the last 29 years for each party rather than the last 15 as this graph does, the gap is slightly narrower, but the pattern is the same: the Republicans saw the value of the Dow increase 166% while the Democrats saw it increase 1894%- 11.4 times faster.

Of course, the dive that the Dow took during President Bush Jr.'s final year did significant damage to the Republicans' record, but as you can see from the chart, even without considering that year, the Democrats have radically outperformed the Republicans in this regard.

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