April 11th, 2008
04:49 PM ET
3 years ago

Bush approval rating hits all time low

President Bush's job approval rating hits all time low Friday
President Bush's job approval rating hits all time low Friday

(CNN)— With the economic outlook looking dim and the continued war in Iraq, President Bush’s job approval rating hit an all time low Friday, according to a just released poll.

The latest Gallup poll shows the president’s approval dropped to 28 percent, the lowest of his eight years in office.

The survey, which questioned 1,021 adults between April 6 and 9, with a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percent, found the decrease came largely because of Democratic and Independent dissatisfaction with his administration. Only 6 percent of Democrats questioned and 24 percent of Independents had a favorable opinion of President Bush, with about two-thirds support coming from Republicans.

The new estimate marks one of the lowest approval ratings any president has seen since World War II, with the exception of Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon and Harry Truman, who all had a mid 20 percent approval rating in their final years in office. The all time lowest presidential approval rating was 22 percent in 1952 during Harry Truman’s final year in office, who like President George W. Bush dealt with problems related to the economy and an unfavorable war.

Bush’s approval ratings have hovered around the low 30 percent range since July of 2007. It reached a high of 90 percent in 2001, just days after the September 11 attacks.


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  1. THE OPINIONATOR

    Bayou Joe:
    Please relegate that narrow-minded view to the swamps where it belongs & should stay.

    As far as this bush guy is concerned; why does everyone keep calling him "President"? He's never won an election.

    April 11, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  2. indy

    It is unimmaginable how the people of America have allowed Bush to destroy its economy. The pathetic state of affairs is solely due to his illegitimate war in Iraq... Causing increasing oil prices,spending trillions which could have been spent for the people of America. He should be dragged over coals. I think in any other democracy, like say in India, the govt. would have been kicked out long ago. I think the people of USA are tooo patient or apathetic. Good luck !!!

    April 11, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  3. Ric

    The Democrats couldve won this year, but becuz of a "brokered nomination", they end up shooting themselves in the foot. Hilarious!! Only safe thing to do is vote for someone who loves this country. Not some flim flam artist spouting "change" instead of answering the questions.....
    Democrats for Mc Cain '08!! Go Mc Cain!!

    April 11, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  4. Brian

    Isn't his term over yet? Parties all around come January

    April 11, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  5. Dave in Oregon

    Who cares. Why aren't the news channels talking about the story that broke this week about how Dick Cheney, George Tenet, Condaleeza Rice, John Ashcroft, and Rumsfeld sitting in the White House and discussing how to torture prisoners? The German people did this once and the world ignored this kind of thinking till millions were dead. Did we learn nothing. This does not make me proud to be an American.

    April 11, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. Some Guy in FL

    As active duty military, these war mongering guys are giving me job security.

    I'm growing increasingly concerned, however. Not many of you civilians see it, but the military is in BAD shape. People are leaving the Army in droves because of the 15 month deployments, and obvious danger to life and limb which the pay does not begin to make up for. The Air Force is in the middle of a budget crisis in which they are cutting people left and right to try and free up funds to pay for over-priced equipment (such as new jets). People in the Air Force are finding themselves doing the work of several people, all while having the constant threat of being cut over their heads.

    You wanna talk about war weary...if you want to start an open-ended war against a VERB (yes, terrorism is in fact not a place, or a person), than at least pay us decently and get us good equipment to use. Most of the troops that work for me qualify for welfare. Someone pull their head out of the sand. If we are fighting for something we believe in, we will gladly fight for peanuts and valor. This war in Iraq is an occupation and an attempt at rebuilding a country. The military was not designed for this, and certainly doesn't train for it. Get us out of there, or make it worth our while (i.e. more pay, more benefits).

    Maybe this will fall on deaf ears. I'm not implying I want people to pay more taxes, I want government to allocate and spend their money differently. Wake up people! Find out what your military is going through fighting this "war on terror", and what the true cost is. You complain about the economy and the price of gas, while we die so you can continue to complain about the cost of living. You think it sucks paying $3 at the pump? Join the military.

    April 11, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  7. Bill Denton, TX

    I wonder if folks would be happier if he had the highest rating of a one-term President?

    April 11, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  8. Hillary 08

    "Bush approval rating hits all time low"...The Dems saw this 8 years ago...... About time it's catching on...HELLO!

    April 11, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  9. Mitchell, Daina Point

    OMG, what a shocker, I thought his approval rating was 100%–NOT.

    CNN, this is not news. Pay me for that poll, I could have told you that. I predict by August his ratings will be hovering around 24% . The American people will know by then that he had no intention of stopping this war, and doesn't have a clue how to get us out. His brain is working for Fox News now, and GW must be playing around with a crystal ball, or something.

    America, there's nobody home in the White House. We're on our own.

    Obama 08

    April 11, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  10. Cat, Costa Mesa, CA

    Darth Vadik, CA

    Your explaination of your position holds no water. Congress as been a democratic majority for 2 years, and NOTHING has gotten done! NOTHING! Remember this winter and all of those 21 second sessions...You know how much those cost?!?! Our hard earned tax dollars were wasted on lazy beaurecrats interested in their own personal agendas (and lavish vacations) they completely blocked the work that had to get done! And that was all done on YOUR and MY dollar!

    Your savior Nancy Pelosi has done nothing but obstruct good republicans and democrats from doing their jobs! She has one of the lowest approval ratings of any speaker, EVER!

    April 11, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  11. Lawrence, Jacksonville

    Bush has destroyed the republican party and McCain is a thousand times worse. He's a flip flopper who isn't conservative. McCain first opposed tax cuts, now he's for them. McCain is supporting an open border amnesty policy with Ted Kennedy, and now his position is very unclear. McCain has promised "more wars" and wants to push for unneccessary wars with Iran, and Russia. He sings about bombing iran, despite the fact that a war with Iran would cost billions more in our tax dollars, and american lives, it is a joke to McCain. He still can't tell sunni from shiite and has no idea what he is talking about on the economy. War causes high taxes, not a conservative principle.

    In 1980 a great republican (Ronald Reagan) won the primary. During this primary his opponent (Bush sr.) called Reagan's tax cuts "voodoo economics". In 1988 Bush sr. won the presidency on a platform of "no new taxes" then in 1990, he gave us the biggest tax hike in american history. 20 years later in 2000 another republican (W Bush) won the primary. His primary opponent (McCain) voted against Bush's tax cut in 2001. Now McCain says "no new taxes" should conservatives be fooled again?

    I say no way, I refuse to vote for McCain. After voting for Bob Dole, and Bush twice (reluctantly the second time), I will vote for the democrat for the first time. Obama would be a trustworthy, and has a great foreign policy, and even though I disagree with most of his domestic policies, there is no issue that he has a worse position than McCain on.

    April 11, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  12. Bernice

    IS THIS REALLY A SURPRISE TO ANYONE? WE ARE JUST WAITING FOR THE DAY HE LEAVES TO BREAVE A SIGN OF RELIEF.

    THE ONLY THING I HATE IS THAT HE AND THAT OTHER OIL CROOK HIS VICE PREZ WILL LEAVE WITHOUT IMPEACHMENT ON TOP OF THAT LOW RECORD. NOW THAT 'S A SIN AND A SHAME!

    April 11, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  13. whoosh

    It's very frightening to me that 28% of the population is still stupid enough to give Bush high marks. The man has lied to us, cheated us, manipulated us, abused us, mistreated us. Who are the servile masochists who approve of his performance?

    April 11, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  14. merle 7

    Then why is McCain ahead in the national polls,does Americans really think any republican administration can make America's problems any better. Gosh people it was a republican adminstration that helped cause this catastrophe. One definition of conservative is to resist and oppose change. McSame will not bring about this change,he's just as much ingrained in the status quo as Hillary. Please Americans the people of this nation deserves so much better.

    Obama 08!
    Yes We Can!

    April 11, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  15. kevin asheville

    There is intelligent life out there after all. Bush worst ever...Nixon looked good to Bush. It is the republican agenda...the out sourcing of Govt. jobs, privatizing to corporate intrests. It all started with reagan and the republicans still cannot see the effect on the economy. So now McCain? I think if elected McCain who has publicly admitted his ignorance on economy could, if elected sink us into even lower approval areas...a new low! McCain has also stated we shall have more wars? Like he is looking forward to that scenerio? We need new intelligent leadership in this country as we are sliding back. Vote for change and new direction...not this tired old man.

    April 11, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  16. d

    Thank you President Bush for totally destroying this once great Nation. Should I also thank you for giving our sovereignty away?? or for the deceit in secret dealings to promote the NAU with the upcoming Amero?? I thought I would never ever say this, but this man is just despicable in how he and others are/will secretly destroy this Nation. We need NEW LEADERS, NEW POLITICIANS who have not been brought up in the Washington hub, that is a given. Seems the majority of our Politicians are NOT focused on "we the people". Anything but.............lobbyists, big corporations, minority groups and the list goes on and on. Congress, you are also included in my above tirant.

    April 11, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  17. CHERYL

    WHAT A SURPRISE!!!!!!!

    IF PEOPLE VOTE OBAMA IN HE WILL BE EVEN WORSE!

    BUSH NEVER ACTED LIKE OBAMA IS OR MADE COMMENTS ABOUT THE VOTERS!!!!!

    OBAMA IS HATEFUL!!!!!!!

    TAUGHT BY REVEREND WRIGHT!!!!!!!!

    WE NEED TO TURN THIS COUNTRY AROUND!!!!!

    WE NEED HILLARY CLINTON!!!!!!

    THIS COUNTRY HAD A SURPLUS WHEN THE CLINTON'S WERE IN!!!!!

    MY VOTE GOES TO SENATOR CLINTON!!!!!!!!

    April 11, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  18. Bob

    It's amazing to me that there is anyone outside of his only family tree who approves of his job performance. As is always the case the question is simple...are you better off today than you were when that particular person took office. Who in this country can say yes? Oil companies...ok. Weapons manufacturers...yeah. Anyone else? Anyone?

    April 11, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  19. CHERYL

    I CANT BELIEVE THAT THE OBAMA PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO BLAME THE CLINTON'S FOR OBAMA'S BIG STUPID MOUTH!!!

    HE HAS NO TACT WHATSOEVER!!!

    HE IS IMMATURE AND NOT READY TO BE PRESIDENT!!!!!!!

    HILLARY GETS MY VOTE!!!!!!!

    April 11, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  20. Kris from AZ

    Bush mishandled his terms with America. He had alot of experienced people around him. They mishandled America. At this point America needs balance. Cant go wrong with "Obama 2008" Let the force be with us all.

    April 11, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  21. James from Fla

    Jack,

    For those who is talking about other politicians than Bush on this blogs are idiots. Bush approval rating should be 1%, why? Because his supporter are the wretched rich people whom he helped. If Bush was running again which he can't, people will be outraged, probably ready to kill. I rather have someone that cares about our children's future and our jacked up economy. There will be always wars but the crap we are in needs to stop. Most of the military is exhausted and people families are sick and tired of the long deployments that destroying their families. Bush is almost out of office although he should go to jail as soon as he gets out. We all need to stand up to this government for all the atrocities and lies for this governments failures.

    April 11, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  22. Ralph

    He will leave in shame – if he knew what that felt like.

    April 11, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  23. Marco

    I hope CNN lets us know when we enter a more "favorable" war.

    April 11, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  24. caven

    I've never liked the current administration but I have to give the president a lot of kudos for how much of his actual salary goes to charity.

    I'm not saying hes not hiding how much hes actually making/worth, but i like the fact that he donates as much as he does. (especially if his annual salary is as much as is reported.)

    April 11, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  25. Tell It Like It Is

    WHAT, HE STILL HAS ROOM TO FALL.
    GO, GW, GO

    April 11, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
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