State of the Policy

datascience@berkeley looked at each president's first State of the Union address — from Woodrow Wilson to Donald J. Trump — to find out how often they mentioned these words.

Donald J. Trump

Party: Republican
Year: 2018
Total Word Count: 5,799

Trump Policy mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Border 6 0.1034661148
Crime 6 0.1034661148
Drugs 10 0.1724435247
Economy 4 0.0689774099
Guns 1 0.01724435247
Immigration 11 0.1896878772
Military 4 0.0689774099
Prison 2 0.03448870495
Terrorism 9 0.1551991723

Barack Obama

Party: Democrat
Year: 2010
Total Word Count: 7,304

Obama Policy mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Border 2 0.0273822563
Drugs 1 0.01369112815
Economy 18 0.2464403067
Housing 2 0.0273822563
Immigration 2 0.0273822563
Medicaid/Medicare 5 0.06845564074
Military 2 0.0273822563
Terrorism 2 0.0273822563

George W. Bush

Party: Republican
Year: 2002
Total Word Count: 3,878

George W. Bush Policy mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Border 3 0.07735946364
Drugs 2 0.05157297576
Economy 7 0.1805054152
Environment 1 0.02578648788
Medicaid/Medicare 1 0.02578648788
Magnificently 1 0.025786488
Military 4 0.1031459515
Prison 1 0.02578648788
Terrorism 34 0.8767405879

Bill Clinton

Party: Democrat
Year: 1994
Total Word Count: 7,432

Clinton Policy mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Border 1 0.01345532831
Crime 16 0.215285253
Drugs 11 0.1480086114
Economy 13 0.174919268
Environment 4 0.05382131324
Guns 7 0.09418729817
Housing 1 0.01345532831
Medicaid/Medicare 4 0.05382131324
Military 5 0.06727664155
Prison 1 0.01345532831
Terrorism 1 0.01345532831

George Bush Sr.

Party: Republican
Year: 1990
Total Word Count: 3,777

George Bush Sr. Policy mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Crime 1 0.02647603918
Drugs 5 0.1323801959
Economy 4 0.1059041567
Environment 7 0.1853322743
Housing 1 0.02647603918
Immigration 1 0.02647603918
Military 6 0.1588562351
Prison 1 0.02647603918

Ronald Reagan

Party: Republican
Year: 1982
Total Word Count: 5,154

Reagan Policy mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Crime 2 0.0388048118
Drugs 1 0.0194024059
Economy 20 0.388048118
Medicaid/Medicare 3 0.05820721769
Military 8 0.1552192472
Terrorism 1 0.0194024059

James Carter, Jr.

Party: Democrat
Year: 1978
Total Word Count: 4,580

Carter Policy mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Economy 26 0.5676855895
Housing 1 0.02183406114
Military 5 0.1091703057
Prison 1 0.02183406114

Gerald Ford

Party: Republican
Year: 1975
Total Word Count: 4,126

Ford Policy mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Economy 18 0.4362578769
Environment 4 0.09694619486
Military 7 0.169655841

Richard Nixon

Party: Republican
Year: 1970
Total Word Count: 4,457

Nixon Policy mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Crime 9 0.201929549
Economy 7 0.1570563159
Environment 4 0.08974646623
Housing 2 0.04487323312
Military 3 0.06730984967

Lyndon B. Johnson

Party: Democrat
Year: 1964
Total Word Count: 3,168

Johnson Policy mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Border 2 0.06313131313
Economy 6 0.1893939394
Housing 4 0.1262626263
Immigration 1 0.03156565657
Military 3 0.0946969697

John F. Kennedy

Party: Democrat
Year: 1961
Total Word Count: 5,274

Kennedy Policy mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Border 1 0.01896094046
Economy 25 0.4740235116
Environment 1 0.01896094046
Housing 3 0.05688282139
Military 5 0.09480470231

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Party: Republican
Year: 1953
Total Word Count: 6,973

Eisenhower Policy mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Drugs 1 0.01434102969
Economy 31 0.4445719203
Environment 1 0.01434102969
Housing 2 0.02868205937
Immigration 4 0.05736411874
Military 12 0.1720923562

Harry S. Truman

Party: Democrat
Year: 1946
Total Word Count: 27,465

Truman Policy mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Crime 1 0.003640997633
Economy 88 0.3204077917
Environment 1 0.003640997633
Housing 37 0.1347169124
Immigration 1 0.003640997633
Military 15 0.0546149645
Prison 1 0.003640997633
Refugees 2 0.007281995267

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Party: Democrat
Year: 1934
Total Word Count: 2,230

Roosevelt Policy mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Crime 1 0.04484304933
Economy 3 0.134529148

Herbert Hoover

Party: Republican
Year: 1929
Total Word Count: 10,994

Hoover Policy mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Border 1 0.009095870475
Crime 4 0.0363834819
Economy 16 0.1455339276
Housing 1 0.009095870475
Immigration 4 0.0363834819
Military 1 0.009095870475
Prison 7 0.06367109332

Calvin Coolidge

Party: Republican
Year: 1923
Total Word Count: 6,706

Coolidge Policy mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Crime 2 0.02982403817
Drugs 1 0.01491201909
Economy 8 0.1192961527
Housing 1 0.01491201909
Immigration 3 0.04473605726
Prison 2 0.02982403817
Very 5 0.074560095

Warren Harding

Party: Republican
Year: 1921
Total Word Count: 5,606

Harding Policy mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Economy 10 0.1783803068

Woodrow Wilson

Party: Democrat
Year: 1913
Total Word Count: 3,553

Wilson Policy mentions
Word Frequency Percentage of Speech
Economy 2 0.05629045877
Military 1 0.02814522938

Frequency adjusted for speech length.
Similar variations of words were combined. For example: immigrant, immigrants, and immigration are all categorized under “immigration.”

Source: The American Presidency Project -- http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/sou.php


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