December 13th, 2007
04:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Americans have dim view of Bush, Dem leadership

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.

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soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. Jed in Texas

    As an Independent voter,I havent got a horse in this race yet,at least not this early on.But one thing is clear by the tone of things already,if the Dems do get in its going to get really ugly with paybacks and revenge for the eight years of getting their noses rubbed in it.So much for working together for the good of all Americans.

    December 14, 2007 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  2. Anonymous

    irrelavant article

    December 14, 2007 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  3. Biden Backer/Seattle

    I believe President Bush is not only a great president but exactly what we needed at this time in our history, a history that will show that to be true. We do not need compromising shallow and weak leadership but one that will stand against the oppressive tendencies of liberalism and its 'cave-in to all hostile comers' philosophy. Now is the time to stand firm and retain what George Bush has courageously done to defend this country and its allies.

    Posted By HKHaugan Jacksonville, Florida : December 13, 2007 4:22 pm


    HKHaugan has got to be Jeb Bush or just another neocon sheep. Pathetic.

    December 14, 2007 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  4. Blair Watson, Kelowna, BC (Canada)

    Tens of millions of people outside of the U.S., including myself, have had a dim view of Bush since 2000. Not cancelling his classroom visit on 9/11 after seeing on TV the first aircraft hit the North Tower (according to Bush), and then sitting in the classroom with a kid's book on his lap staring off into space for 7 minutes after having been told that the U.S. was under attack only reinforced our view that Bush was incompetent. However, despite these facts 38 months later more than 62 million Americans voted for Bush, giving him a second term as president. Nine months after the 2004 election, as Pres. Bush tried to make up his confused mind about how to respond to Hurricane Katrina, hundreds of Americans, maybe even some who voted for him, died as a result of incompetence on his part and other officials in his administration. Furthermore, there's the U.S. national debt that's ballooned 57% to $9.17 trillion since Bush took office, Republican-backed legislation (in 2003) that, if not changed, will force the U.S. government to add $50 trillion to the debt in the next 20 years, bankrupting the country, and of course, the catastrophe of the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq, which has resulted in the violent deaths of tens (and possibly hundreds) of thousands of people, even more who were injured, a quality of life for Iraqis that has been worse than when Saddam was in power, a broken-down U.S. army, a U.S. air force that is going out of business (according to the Air Force Secretary), thousands of suicides of U.S. military personnel, and a total bill of more than $1 trillion, much of it paid for with borrowed funds that generations of Americans will be forced to repay. Given all these facts and so many more, why ANY American approves even minutely of the job that Bush has been doing is completely beyond the comprehension of rational-thinking people, in and outside of the U.S.A.

    December 14, 2007 03:55 am at 3:55 am |
  5. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Point of information: The best energy bill to come to a vote in many years was scuttled by Obstructionist Republicans and a Republican President: reason? the bill would fairly tax Big Oil's outrageous profits and stop government subsidies for the same BIG OIL!

    That is the GOP idea of fiscal responsibility – to their big contributors. You don't mind the $3.35 per gallon, do you?

    The Democrats have an uphill battle as Republicans continue, as always, to put party loyalty ahead of what is good for the country.

    December 14, 2007 04:57 am at 4:57 am |
  6. David Segal Tuxedo Park, NY

    CNN can't spell out the word democratic when there is negative news to report on the democratics!
    Just slip in the little dem wrod. Which is the normal far left news reporting for cnn.

    December 14, 2007 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  7. Ginger Lee, Northern Utah

    I have a temptation to scream at the top of my lungs in Capitol Hill that Democrats DO NOT control Congress...they have a MAJORITY. Big difference. Control is not 1/2, it's more than 2/3rds. Read the Constitution. Everybody from CNN to Faux News is doing this.

    December 14, 2007 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  8. John Karsten, Virginia Beach, VA

    HKHaugan Jacksonville, Florida

    Sir, your comments about how you love Bush so mush makes me sick. Are you serious? Is that a joke? Hey, how is the weather la-la land?

    This is the worst president in recent american history. Maybe in 200 years they might call Bush great, but at least I will not be around to hear that load of @*#&#. I also know that come November the GOP is going to suffer a great defet; surly they will write about that in the history books, not how great King Bush is or was.

    OBAMA 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 14, 2007 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  9. bprossersme

    CNN and other slanted secular progressive news agencies push heavily on its readers to hate Bush. Of that, there is no secret. However, mainstream America maintains it's balance against the onslaught of CNN's secular slant. Thank God! Unlike Democrats, America does not eat all that is placed before them, much to the chagrin of CNN. I DARE YOU TO LEAVE THIS COMMENT IN CNN.

    December 14, 2007 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  10. J. Fentress, Lickskillet, TN

    These numbers are stunning.

    After all these years, and after so much has happened, I find it inconceivable that so many Americans actually believe he is doing a good job.

    December 14, 2007 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  11. Bubba the Election Expert, Swainsboro GA

    Tell ya what, I wouldn't run for office in these times. All this swift-boating and ann coultering gets up my nose. I could pull this country out of its slump in no time, catch Osama, and cut the price of gas back to .35 a gallon, but you bozos will have to do it yourselves this time because I'm not interested.

    December 14, 2007 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  12. truebob, hollywood FL

    Since these polls really only reflect the views of people who have the time/inclination to answer the phone for telemarketers, I don't put much stock in any of them. Gee, people don't like a President who thinks it's a bad idea to tax cigarettes so children can get vaccinated. What a shocker. Shame on the Republicans who didn't overturn this veto. They should be flogged.

    December 14, 2007 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  13. PJ Chicago, IL

    Does anyone really believe that any of these people have your interests or well being in mind when they do the things they do? All of this rhetoric on both sides of the political spectrum is nothing more than a tool to keep Americans at war with eachother. While these canidates posture on stage about who is morally superior and has God on their side, the actual problems we are facing go unattended. Currency that is depreciating at an alarming rate, an educational system that is in the toilet and the "in plain sight" unchecked distruction of the constitution and the system of checks and balances! These men and women WE have put in these positions don't care about your family, they care about their own. These people, regardless of their political affiliation, all have one thing in common....GREED!!! If you really want to know why they do the things they do, FOLLOW THE MONEY!!!

    December 14, 2007 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  14. jw, canadian,ok

    Haugan – are you a fiction writer?

    December 14, 2007 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  15. David Columbus, OH

    I honestly believe that the reason Congress can't get anything done is because Bush keeps veto-ing everything that comes across his desk. I don't know who to blame anymore. This country is in shambles over bickering, money, politics as usual, blah blah blah. Can't people just work together for resolution? Why does one party try to get one up on the other party? I say we kick all these a**holes out of Washington. AHHHHHHHHH!! I couldn't be more frustrated with how things are going in the "Great" America.

    December 14, 2007 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. J Houston, TX

    catch Osama, and cut the price of gas back to .35 a gallon,

    Catch Osama – larger military, more deployment, better funding, torture prisoners

    cut price of oil – tap reserves in Alaska, Atlantic and Pacific coasts, allow refiners to build 10 more 75,000 bpd refineries, 3 in California, 1 in Texas, 1 in Kansas, 1 in Florida, 1 in North Carolina, 1 in Ohio, 3 in New England

    There are THE solutions to these problems. How many of you would vote for them? Well then you don't really want those things because that is the only way to get it done.

    December 14, 2007 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  17. Aaron Smithsburg, Maryland

    A Dim view? More than half the country wants his head on a stick! I hope Americans learned there lesson with electing corporate bootlickers. Less freedom for us, more profit for them, bigger government, less education. The generation that grew up under Bush are the ones that are dim. They're violent, headstrong, over-sexed, and most of all undereducated. Television has brainwashed our citizenry. I can't have a conversation with an average person about a life experience, without them equating something or other with a movie or a sitcom, or something they saw on T.V.? We have substituted reality for convenient truths and well versed advertising slogans. God gave us freewill, freewill to be lazy, overmedicated, couch potatoes.

    December 14, 2007 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The 15% that approve of Bush's job haven't been paying attention. I believe that the Congress has been trying to do the job that Congress is supposed to do: budget and oversite. The problem is that Bush was used to a Congress that was controlled by friends and didn't care how much they spent. Now that he doesn't like anyone in Congress that is in charge, he finally thinks that he can control them with enough vetoes. I just don't think Bush understands how to deal with a Congress that is coming from the other side of the isle.

    December 14, 2007 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. David Columbus, OH

    Actually I think the 15% are the people who are paying attention, just paying attention to the wrong sources (*cough* CNN *cough*)

    December 14, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. candid

    26 million free Iraqis and 31 million free Afgani's approve of the way Bush is doing his job.. Posted By RightyTighty : December 13, 2007 8:56 pm

    Are your numbers off? Do your numbers include the dead Iraqis and the dead Afghanis? Did your numbers include Iraqi children with no legs, arms, blind–better 'free' and blind than not free and sighted. Did those numbers include Iraqis killed by Blackwater? I think you need to review your numbers.

    December 14, 2007 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. Charles C. PhD. Divinity

    Bush stinks.

    and is is totally unbelievable that there is still any support for him. If you looked at who these supporters are, you woul see that they are the Rush Limbaugh ditto heads. Religious evangelicals, wealthy americans who are enjoying tax cuts at the expense of our budget deficit, business executives who have a "friend" who denies global warming because is shields greedy corporations from expensive remediation actions....

    You know the list....

    Bush is selfish, his adamant supporters are self agenda driven pals. It is a sick equation, but America is bringing out the disinfectant.... Looki out cockroaches. We know who you are!

    December 14, 2007 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  22. J Houston, TX

    A Dim view? More than half the country wants his head on a stick!

    49% strongly disapproved. That's less than 50%

    For somebody who wants to claim others are "uneducated" in my generation, you sure sound ignorant. I recieved a great education, multiple degrees, worked for my country, and now work in private business. The economy has never looked stronger for most of us leaving college. The view on a campus, other than the drunken idiots, is that the 60s and 70s generations have no responsibility, loyalty, or sense of duty. You sure fit that bill.

    Violent, headstrong, undereducated, and oversexed...certainly not the people I know. Hating on television and digital media seems an entertaining suggestion. How we get entertainment really doesn't have much impact. Colleges are having to build new athletic facilities every year to keep up with the demand as colleges grow in attendance as well. Where do you get these ideas? I know in Ohio and Texas your "state of the union" certainly doesn't exist, maybe this is a problem in blue states only?

    December 14, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. Kate, Doylestown PA

    Posted By M Mcadams – Columbus, Ms : December 13, 2007 10:32 pm

    If you are so embarrassed to be an American. You can always leave it.
    some place like Iran.

    Wrong M McAdams. That poster has every right to be embarassed, just as you have every right to disagree with his/her reasoning to be embarassed. You however, have NO right to suggest, or insist, that he/she leave. That's where YOUR understanding of what it is to be an American falls down. My country, right or wrong. I may think, like the MAJORITY of Americans, that right now, with this President, and this polarization of my country, my country is truly heading in the WRONG direction. And, I may be embarassed by all the errors, miscalculations and scandals brought about by this administration. But you, my dear, if you were a true American first, and not a neocon or theocrat, would know that dissent is a privilege of this fine country. And my dear, if YOU can't accept that, then it is YOU who may want to think about moving to a country more in tune with your philosophy – my way or the highway. I can think of a few.

    December 14, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  24. Bill, Scottsdale, AZ

    You reich wingers that support the bush crime family need to be in Iraq. And to the idiot that says Irai's think the bush crime family is doing a good job must live in the green zone. Imagine 2 hours of electricity per day and no clean water YET!!!

    Reich wingers should all sign up for the oil war in Iraq. Otherwise, we don't care what you say since you are not all there if you believe the bush crime family is helping America. We may never recover from the criminals currently in the White House and the RepubliCONs in Congress. What a sad time for America!

    December 14, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. r schier norwalk, ct

    "26 million free Iraqis and 31 million free Afgani's approve of the way Bush is doing his job..

    Posted By RightyTighty

    GOOD FOR THEM....what about us????
    why don't you, and Bushbaby join them
    over there, and you can all be happy together.....

    December 14, 2007 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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