March 19th, 2008
04:10 PM ET
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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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    March 19, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. Allen from Visalia

    My only question is Bush a worse president than Buchannon? He easily the worst president of my lifetime, easily beating Nixon, Carter and LBJ for that dubious dunce cap!

    March 19, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  3. ms kirby

    George Bush is the poorest excuse for a man . Much less a comander and chief as he likes to refer to himself. He will go down in historey as a loser and a bad president who thinks of the rich instead of Mr. Average American. Glad I did not vote for him

    March 19, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  4. gabby

    wow who would actually approve of BUSH?? gawd thats disturbing... must be mostly republicans

    March 19, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  5. Drive The Nation

    It will only get lower. Even conservative Republicans are fed up with him. He's the worst kind of politician. He not only championed policy that started to tear down the Constitution, he promised his base a bunch of policy enforcement dealing with immigration, economic and fiscal responsibility, and a full proof plan for the "war on terror". He didn't deliver on any of these fronts, so not only is the liberal to moderate left unhappy with his job performance for obvious reasons, but he has betrayed his conservative moderate base. His stance on abortion and the appointing Supreme Court Judges that interpret Roe vs. Wade, the "Bush" tax cuts, and capturing Saddam is the only thing Conservatives have to be pleased about. All of which are relatively unimportant compared to the other issues that haven't been resolved under his Presidential watch.

    His poor leadership after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans added to the mounting consensus, that he wasn't prepared or experienced enough to run the country. He signed for huge tax cuts for the very rich, and spent huge amounts of tax payer dollars on a failure War on an enemy that doesn't have a flag. He borrowed money fiscally irresponsibly with no plan to repay- and he worked at ruining social security. He hasn't done anything to secure jobs in the US, and has actually pushed global initiatives and encouraged companies to shipi jobs overseas. He defended the multinational giants and corporate banks in the predatory lending crisis, and blamed all of the Americans who bought homes- and claimed that they were simply irresponsible home buyers. His corporatist agenda had and has been clear and shameful. His failed education bill "no child left behind" was a complete insult to our future generations, and just another masked initiative that sounded great, but wasn't.

    Bush also entered the middle east claiming he was fighting the terrorists and vowed to find Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan, but ended up capturing Saddam in Iraq. Halliburton builds pipelines, while Exxon Mobile/Cheveron reach ridiculous record profits while the price of gas rises close to $4/gallon and the nation is in a recession. In a capitalist society, financial institutions like Bear Stearns are rewarded for failing, and the American people are penalized for following the rules. His economic stimulus tax rebate is an insult to the American people at best.

    He is not a man of the people, he is a coward and a politician for the few and privileged.

    Worst President EVER.

    March 19, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. keith Franklin, Tn

    31%????? That has to all Republican base who would approve of Bush even if he was a killer.....oh wait..he is!!

    I hope that America never again stoops to such negative depths to elect such a dunce. To allow people like Karl Rove and Tom Delay to manipulate and destroy people to put George W in office is ridiculous.

    Bush's legacy will be "The President who tried to ruin the greatest Democracy in the world. " We have his legacy of two recessions....he is also the "Great Divider" and "The Almighty Uninformed" and "The Father of Turd Blossom".

    Actually like I said before, Bush real legacy will be his immigration know the one where we have such a bad recession and everyone goes home to his old country. You see he had it all figured out all along.....destroy the economy and the illegal aliens starve out....what a deal!!!

    March 19, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
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    March 19, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. Bayou Joe

    A Reminder, Just a Reminder, President G.W. Bush is not running for relection, who cares what his approval rating is or it not. History will tell the true story at least if it is not written by diehard liberals.
    George W. Bush and the War in Iraq kept America Free from attacks during his administration.

    March 19, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  9. Strum

    If his approval rating is not in the minus territory, that is a victory for him considering the mess he made of America. That silly grin has to go. bye bye bushy.

    March 19, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  10. Robert Edney

    Which makes it fascinating that Maverick McCain remains tied to the President on several fronts. Of course it also makes McCain vulnerable on the same fronts in the general election. If McCain is not the next president, I suspect the single biggest reason will be the cost of the war in dollars and how it has and does impact the economy. As the election cycle continues and the economy struggles look for the dollar cost in Iraq to become a much bigger story than in the past. The unfortunate truth - realized so brilliantly by another Clinton campaign now long ago - is that the economy trumps nearly everything else - including human life.

    March 19, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  11. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Finally – America wakes up to the fact that they have a dud of a human being in The White House calling the shots.....

    March 19, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  12. Patrick

    What is even more surprising is that there are 31% of the people who actually think this buffoon of a leader is doing the right things for this country! Do you think we can take away their right to vote (just this once)?

    March 19, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  13. Amy

    I'm surprised his approval rating is so high considering the amount of negative opinions one reads in the media and online. Perhaps I'm getting my information for different sources than the population that support Bush's handling of the war.

    March 19, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  14. linda

    was there any doubt ,, that americans are tired of the "bush" plans? come on,, people,,,,, you gotta see whats goin on here,, bush wants to make "his last stnd: and at your expense,, ummm

    March 19, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  15. Laura

    I am a florida resident an I am so disgusted with the democratic party. I have been a staunch democrat all my life and if floridas votes dont count in the primary I will cast my vote for the green party in november. I am not alone , many others say they will vote for John
    Mcain. We had no say in pushing up the primary date why should we
    be penalized. Why dont we have one primary date for all states. If they dont do something you just handed Florida to John McCain

    March 19, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  16. Dana

    His approval rating should be 0%. Who are these people still approving of his actions?

    March 19, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  17. La Bomb ba

    Obama not far behind just give him a few more sermons

    March 19, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Bush's entire presidency suffers from the lack of adult supervision. This mental giant's legacy is a joke

    March 19, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  19. Ratgurl

    I'm surprised it's THAT high!

    March 19, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  20. Jerry

    Bush's entire presidency suffers from the lack of adult supervision, and that makes this mental giant's legacy a joke.........

    March 19, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  21. Jangel

    The really amazing thing is that 31% of those polled think Bush is doing a reasonable job. I guess a certain percentage of the people who voted a cretin in for a second time feel they need to stand by their choice willy-nilly.

    March 19, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  22. Bess Moore

    How loooooooow can you go? The man is an idiot! His ratings are in the toilet, right where he belongs! Loser!!!!! What's his legacy?? The worst and stupidest president ever! Good riddance.

    March 19, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  23. Ronald

    Mission Accomplished

    March 19, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  24. Dan, Columbia MD

    He still has a higher approval rating than the democratic lead Congress.

    Bottom line? The American people are tired of their government failing them and neither party is free of guilt.

    March 19, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  25. Pat

    64% of Republicans! No wonder this country is in the mess it is. Idiots all.

    March 19, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
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