November 9th, 2007
09:15 AM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Public not pleased with President Bush

How would you compare President Bush to his predecessors?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Twenty-three percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll released Thursday say that compared to other presidents in American history, President Bush is the worst ever.

Thirty-five percent of those surveyed say that Bush is doing a poor job compared to other presidents and 40 percent said he was doing a good job compared to his predecessors. Only one percent said that Bush was the best president ever in American history.

Thirty-four percent of those surveyed approve of how Bush is handling his job as president. That’s down slightly from the 36 percent who approved of the President's job performance when we asked the same question last month.

Bush’s approval rating has consistently been below 40 percent for more than a year.

"The last president with approval ratings this low for this long was Harry Truman. Truman's approval rating dropped below 50 percent in January 1950 and stayed below that mark for the rest of his presidency, says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland, adding that “Bush won't reach that milestone for several months.”

There continues to be a partisan split regarding President Bush. Seventy-two percent of Republicans polled approve of Bush’s performance. That number drops to 12 percent among Democrats. Twenty-seven percent of independents approve of the President’s handling of his job.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation telephone poll of 1,024 American adults was conducted Friday through Sunday. The sampling error was plus or minus three percentage points.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

Filed under: Polls • President Bush
soundoff (629 Responses)
  1. Frankie

    Do you Approve or Disapprove of how George Bush is handling his job as President?

    November 10, 2007 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. Donna, Crystal City, MO

    Joseph of Texas, I could not agree with you more. He cheated to get into office and he will do what ever it takes to stay there. I believe that if it was up to him souly he would be a Dictator over our wonderful country.

    November 10, 2007 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. saul, austin, TX

    The infantile comments of Alex from Chicago could be dismissed as vacuous bravado if such comments did not reflect comments made by others at a higher level. I read an article once that reported similar comments made at a fundraiser to unseat former Senator Daschel. Something to the effect of not only defeat the liberals but kick their teeth down their whiny throats. This from a speaker to the gathering.

    It shows the kind of people that W's presidency has brought out of the woodwork. Folks that cannot comprehend the concept of a free society and clearly would be much more comfortable in a fascist state. But, more to the point, that allow themselves the stupidity and wrecklessness of these kind of public statements. Next we'll have people showing up at work wearing their KKK sheets....

    What is sweetly ironic is that since this is all probably being monitored by the NSA, and congress just passed a very broad and vague bill to combat "domestic terrorism", Alex's comments probably just earned him an NSA file - curtesy of his All-American pals in the Bush White House.

    November 11, 2007 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  4. Clifford

    Mr. Bush's proposal the right the stock market and variou other problems too numerous to mention, was to give everyone $800.00 and everything will be just fine. He fails to emphasize that large corporations will benefit most from his plan. As soon as the $800.00 are spent where will the middle class families be?

    January 22, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
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