WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new poll suggests that George W. Bush is the most unpopular president in modern American history.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday indicates that 71 percent of the American public disapprove of how Bush his handling his job as president.
"No president has ever had a higher disapproval rating in any CNN or Gallup poll; in fact, this is the first time that any president's disapproval rating has cracked the 70 percent mark," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
"Bush's approval rating, which stands at 28 percent in our new poll, remains better than the all-time lows set by Harry Truman and Richard Nixon (22 percent and 24 percent, respectively) but even those two presidents never got a disapproval rating in the 70s," Holland added. "The previous all-time record in CNN or Gallup polling was set by Truman, 66 percent disapproval in January 1952."
CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider adds, "He is more unpopular than Richard Nixon was just before he resigned from the presidency in August 1974." President Nixon's disapproval rating in August 1974 stood at 67 percent.
The poll also indicates that support for the war in Iraq has never been lower. Thirty percent of those questioned favored the war while 68 percent opposed the conflict.
"Americans are growing more pessimistic about the war," Holland said. "In January, nearly half believed that things were going well for the U.S. in Iraq; now that figure has dropped to 39 percent."
The numbers on the Iraq war come on the five-year anniversary of President Bush's "mission accomplished" moment onboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, when Bush proclaimed that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended."
The record low support for the war in a CNN poll could be one reason behind the president's unpopularity, but it probably is not the only one.
"Support for the war, the assessment of the economy and approval of Mr. Bush are all about the same - bad," Schneider said.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted by telephone from Monday through Wednesday, with 1,008 adult Americans questioned. The poll's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.
That's right up there with Hillary's dishonest rating. Kind of tells you something, doesn't it?
well done, Dubya.
Good job George. You've lived up to your family name. Another complete screw-up.
this is news? come on CNN ..you didnt need a poll for this one....
go to google, type in "worst ever" and you know who pops up
LMAO....oh what a shocker.....NOT!!!
Obama wouldn't be any better!!!
This is your lead story on the "Ticker Page" but your "Ticker" headline on your home page has the defection of a Hillary superdelegate, what gives. More of your anti Hillary pro Obama bias?
Is this news?
A lot of us knew he was an idiot in 2000, and most of us knew it in 2004... yet the media is just catching on.
Nice. You should all be proud.
enough said isn't it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And I'm sure his response would be, to quote his VP – SO?
Obama will be next *IF* he wins!
I'm surprised that his approval rating is that high. 28% must be his family voting that high. Sure not anyone else.
resign.....leave office...impeach him...he stinks
Well, we all knew it, just just makes it official: George W. Bush: WORST PRESIDENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY!
Bush is not only the "most unpopular president" of all American Presidents but he is by far the dumbest with the stupidest looks on his face.
Eeeeer, Yeah! Figures!
Does this headline really need comments. Talk about buyers remorse.
Wright is the "gift that keeps on giving"; he is not going away and unless Hillary wins, Dems won't see the inside of the White House.
No surprise there!
In the future he may well be looked upon as the worst ever, and the president who presided over the beginnings of a downfall for a great nation. I hope I'm wrong on that one.
Well, there ya go!
hillary, please go away so we can focus on the general election!
This is a no-brainer (pretty much like the subject matter).
My money's on his numbers dipping even lower than Truman & Nixon. THAT'S something at which he CAN "succeed."
worst. president. ever.
best. oil man. ever.
LOL! One of the worst presidents along with Nixon. How fitting! Poor Al Gore, got only a Nobel Peace Prize!