Could use some more content, or variables... the whole thing feels a bit hit-and-miss now.
That said, I did great by first making everyone really happy and becoming hugely popular. (happiness and popularity 100%)
Then I became a total dictator and raised fear, investing all budget in maintaining happiness and popularity. In no time I could set everything to normal and I had a fearful, crime-free population with 100% scores in everything. But like others here I got kicked out of the white house after 44 years. I had a hard time maintaining popularity all of a sudden but still had 85% when I was replaced.