March 12, 2007

Circulation of Leading Opinion Magazines

National Review The Nation The New Republic
1988 120420 91382 100480
1989 132370 91721 96296
1990 147957 92052 96076
1991 158855 95538 93079
1992 163833 93836 101046
1993 211208 91140 100382
1994 269512 83755 94453
1995 242748 91358 92533
1996 206585 99180 93816
1997 171983 99249 94781
1998 160398 94138 95245
1999 162361 95539 101268
2000 146554 95848 95231
2001 162607 114248 87132
2002 155430 135349 85904
2003 156157 160029 61124
2004 155271 173473 61129
2005 160896 184181 61055
2006 152603 186528 61628

At least in recent years, there appears to be a striking inverse relationship between the presidency and opinion magazines. The conservative National Review thrived during the Clinton presidency while the Bush years have proved a boon to the liberal Nation.