March 19th, 2008
04:10 PM ET
6 years ago

Poll: Bush's approval hits new low

 A new CNN poll shows Bush's approval has reached a new low.
A new CNN poll shows Bush's approval has reached a new low.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Just 31 percent of Americans approve of how President Bush is handling his job, according to a poll released Wednesday, the fifth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war.

Sixty-seven percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey disapprove of the president's performance.

The 31 percent approval number is a new low for Bush in CNN polling, and 40 points lower than the president's number at the start of the Iraq war.

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  1. Chris, Springfield MO

    Really? NO, I thought everyone liked him. J/k Good riddence to that War Monger

    March 19, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. Ben

    Duh.

    March 19, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  3. skh4450IL

    Ya think?

    March 19, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  4. Veterans for Obama

    Can't wait to get Obama in the White House.

    March 19, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  5. Lorenz, Queens, NY

    Take a poll only in the North East and the rating will go down into single digits.

    March 19, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. simple thought ?

    this can't be right?
    you must mean that just 31 people approve of him,... right?

    even his base don't like him....

    how is this # possible?

    bowling green,mo.

    March 19, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. Veterans for Obama

    Who are these 31%. Are they polling mental health clinics as well?

    March 19, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. Republicrat

    I would like to know who the 31% of people are who do actually approve of his performance.

    March 19, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. JR

    thats 31% too much

    March 19, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. Travis, Spokane, WA

    And congress' approval rating is 11. Write a story about that

    March 19, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. NickNasc

    Did they REALLY have to take a POLL to figure this out?

    March 19, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. Tim j

    What is the most amazing thing is 31% of the country actually thinks he is doing a good job. Well then again considering the amount of people who believed that saddam was behind 9/11 when we were going into Iraq its not too surprising....

    March 19, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. Sarah L, Fayetteville, AR

    Bush will go down in history as the worst U.S. president of all time. Obama offers a stark contrast to the failure of Bush, yet some are willing to toss him aside because of his ex-Pastor. McCain has alligned himself with Bush and will offer nothing but the same failed policies.

    I hope the voters will look at today, the 5th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, and make their decision based on what really matters to the people of this country–not someone's religious affiliation.

    March 19, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. anita

    President Bush has often said history will judge his legacy more fairly than current critcs. I'm not counting on living long enough to see that
    happen.

    March 19, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. Thomas

    Bush started at what 67% or more? If Obama gets in the White House Obama's rating will start at mid 40s, when people find out that Obama is WAY worse the Bush he should end if short 4 years in the low teens.

    March 19, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. vl

    Gee, I'm surprised it's even that high.

    March 19, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. Percy

    Worthless president. Just like our dollar. Thanks.

    March 19, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. John

    Yet isn't his rating higher than the Democratically-controlled Congress?

    March 19, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  19. Roland Madore, Fort Collins, CO

    More lies on the fifth anniversary, but we can turn the page!

    On the fifth anniversary today, the president standing up in the Pentagon to deliver his take on the war was a total insult and another betrayal to a majority of Americans who believe his war in Iraq was ill-advised and wrong from the start. Rather than arresting protesters outside the IRS today, the 43rd president should have been arrested long ago for his “high crimes and misdemeanors!”

    As a silent protest in honor of our troops, I chose to shut my TV off as soon as the president came on. In good conscience, I could not listen to his lies to the nation again. I turned my TV back on when I thought the analysis would start. Ironically, the more important, major address about Iraq today was cut off by the cable news networks. How absurd, and what a disservice! Senator Obama’s North Carolina speech today—what little I was able to catch—was the more honest, substantive account of the realities of Iraq. More than ever, we need his presidential leadership, simple candor, and credible vision for America’s future.

    From analysis following the president’s speech, there was more of the same old baloney, as he claimed to have no doubts about waging the war in Iraq despite the “high cost in lives and treasure.” He claimed he was right about the surge, while the situation there, at best, is still very fragile and tenuous and, in an instant, could ignite again. He said we needed to stay there to finish the job. There was no mention, however, about Afghanistan or the four previous years of war in Iraq before this last year of feigned successes.

    With about 33,000 troops killed in Iraq, a $600 billion dollar price tag, and no end in sight, today’s pronouncements are again proof and reinforcement of a failed presidency. The lies following 9-11, the chaos of going into Iraq in the first place, the surge of al-Qaida there as a result, the “Mission Accomplished!” declaration, the occupation, and now the misstatements of the current situation there by Senator John McCain—Bush’s fading warrior and anointed, temperamental replacement—who like Vice President Cheney, cannot seem to get his facts straight, predict more of the same for a weary American public, now more concerned about an ailing American economy.

    On this fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq, will we remain loyal to the past, traveling down the same road in the wrong direction with another Bush or Clinton clone, or will we turn the page with fresh, new leadership? With the nation in a mess, the media forced to cover the current president still in denial and lying to the American public, the American public itself confused and in a quandary, and the next president, who tells us the truth, cut off, the choice is clear and simple. Meanwhile, God bless our troops, God bless America, and thank God the People have the power to turn the page soon as the world looks on with approval.

    March 19, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  20. Ramin

    Dear President Bush, we need harder sanction for Iran .

    March 19, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  21. Linda

    Wish he would have had these lows 4 and 8 years ago. Guess it's a little late now, as everyone knows he doesn't care about polls. I just hope that our country doesn't blow apart from his command.

    March 19, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  22. Steve

    Whats amazing is that it is even that high! How could 31% of Americans think he's doing a good job? $500 Billion on a war that didnt need to be fought (remember, it was about WMD's, not the 4 or 5 other reasons since brought forth), Record deficits, Economy in a recession , Banks failing, housing meltdown.... Can we afford 10 more months of this clown?

    March 19, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. Concerned Citizen

    The thing I can't figure out is what those 31% approve of. Our nation is suffering from his failed policies both abroad and at home....what's to approve?

    March 19, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  24. Grif

    It is not a matter of how "He" handled what is going on in Iraq.

    So easy to second guess.... I suggest some people do some research. of what happened in Iraq from June 2001, until 2003... The say he did wrong..

    Do your own dam research ... Don,t say another word until...

    Can;t you read......

    March 19, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. mike,Iowa

    31 % all probably rich and well connected. The only people who seem to like bush. How we let him get away with this for 8 years ill never know.

    March 19, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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