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