Americans have a bleak view of the president's job performance, according to a new CNN poll.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Americans share a bleak view of the job performances both of President Bush and of congressional Democratic leadership, according to a CNN poll released Thursday.
The president's approval rating in the poll, conducted Dec. 6 through Sunday by Opinion Research Corporation, was 32 percent, tying his all-time low rating from June.
Sixty-six percent disapproved of how Bush is handling his job, the poll found, about equal to the 65 percent early last month.
Only 15 percent said they approved "strongly" of how the president is handling his job, while nearly half, 49 percent, disapproved "strongly."
Democratic leaders in Congress enjoyed an approval rating only narrowly higher than the president's, with 39 percent of poll respondents saying they approve of what the Democratic leaders in the House and Senate have done so far this year. More than half - 56 percent - disapproved, the poll found.
Still, 53 percent of those polled said Democratic leadership is "good for the country," though that is down slightly from 58 percent in January, when when Democrats took control of Congress. The poll found that more than a third - 37 percent - said a Democratic-controlled Capitol Hill is "bad" for the country.
Pollsters interviewed 1,002 adult American adults by telephone for the survey, which had a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, except for questions pertaining to Democratic leadership. Those questions had a sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.
The poll also found that 49 percent of Americans prefer the Democrats' approach to the federal budget, while 24 percent prefer Bush's approach. Twenty-three percent said they did not prefer either approach.
Both Bush and Congress have had low approval ratings from the public for more than a year. Bush's rating has been consistently below 40 percent during that time, and below 50 percent for more than 31 consecutive months - longer than any president since Harry Truman.
Approval for Congress has been mired in the middle to low 20s for the past year, with approval for Democrats higher. A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll taken Oct. 12-14 found 43 percent approval for House and Senate Democrats.
The sampling error was plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.