Islanders Record Under Democrat vs Republican President
By Matt O'Leary
According to AP, the U.S. looks to have a new President-Elect in Joe Biden. Let’s look at how the Islanders have done under a Republican vs Democrat.
After a long week of election coverage, it looks like we’re going to have a new president in Joe Biden. Switching from a Republican to a Democrat, after President Trump’s last four years in office.
It got me thinking, how have the Islanders done under a Republican vs a Democrat in their history? So I tallied the numbers and came away with their record and points percentage under both Republicans and Democrats.
For years in which there was a change of Presidency midseason, what I did was took the first half of the year up until January 19 and then from January 20 (inauguration day) onward would count towards the new President.
The Islanders have played parts of 30 seasons under Republicans and parts of 23 seasons under Democrats. So let’s take a look at how they’ve done.
Under Democrats, which the next president will be, the Islanders are 704-782-223 (1,573 points). That’s a point percentage of .489 and they have one Stanley Cup under a Democrat President (Jimmy Carter).
Democrats had control of the White House through most of the 90s and from 2009-2017 where the Islanders really struggled. The 90s especially pulled down the points percentage after having some solid years under Jimmy Carter.
Under Republicans, the Islanders are 975-895-293 (2,251 points). That’s a points percentage of .520 and they have three Stanley Cups under a Republican President (Ronald Reagan). As we know, the Islanders were dominant in the 1980s.
For almost the entirety of the 80s, Republicans controlled the White House with Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. It’s not really a surprise, based on when the team had it’s glory days, that they’ve had more success under Republican candidates.
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That can change this upcoming year as the Islanders are expected to be a playoff contender when Joe Biden takes over as President. Do these numbers mean anything? Not really, but in case you were curious like me this is how they’ve fared under both parties.