November 10th, 2008
01:06 PM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Bush disapproval ratings reach new record

Bush meets with Obama at the White House Monday as his disapproval ratings reach a new high.
Bush meets with Obama at the White House Monday as his disapproval ratings reach a new high.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – As President-elect Obama visits the White House, a new national poll suggests that the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is the most unpopular president in the six decades since presidential approval ratings were first measured.

Seventy-six percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday disapprove of how George W. Bush is handling his job as President. That's an all-time high in CNN polling, or in Gallup polling dating back to World War II.

"No other president's disapproval rating has gone higher than 70 percent. Bush has managed to do that three times so far this year," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "That means that Bush is now more unpopular than Richard Nixon was when he resigned from office during Watergate with a 66 percent disapproval rating."

Prior to President Bush, the record holder for presidential disapproval was Harry Truman, with a 67 percent disapproval rating in January of 1952, his last full year in office.

As Obama visits the White House, 57 percent of those questioned think the transfer of presidential power will be relatively easy and free from tension, with 39 percent saying the transition will be difficult.

"A majority say that the transition from Bush to Obama will go smoothly, although nearly one in four predict a lot of tension between Bush aides and Obama aides in the next few weeks. That sentiment is highest among Democrats, but even among them, a majority believes that the transition will be relatively easy," Holland said.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll was conducted Thursday through Sunday with 1,246 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

soundoff (356 Responses)
  1. PROUDER AMERICAN

    TREASONIST

    WAR CRIMINAL

    HISTORY'S JUDGEMENT IS NOT ENOUGH ... HE MUST BE TRIED AND CONVICTED FOR HIS ABUSE OF POWER.

    November 10, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. Joseph IRAQ WAR VET

    To John in Upstate NY

    LET ME GUESS JOHN YOU ARE ONE OF THE 24% THAT STILL THINK BUSH IS DOING GOOD. YOU ACTUALLY THINK BUSH HAS JUST RUN INTO A PATCH OF BAD LUCK? JOHN GET OUT OF THAT DARK CAVE YOU ARE IN AND COME OUT TO THE LIGHT, YOU ARE BLIND. BUSH HAS NO ONE ELSE TO BLAME BUT HIMSELF.

    November 10, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Penny

    I am not very surprised at the poll figures though I am amazed at how long it took for people to see this. The fact that he is less popular than Nixon when he resigned is what is most surprising.

    Now that Dubya is a lame duck, I will be very surprised if he gets anything accomplished to change his popularity numbers – except during the final 24 hours with all the pardons he will be handing out. Don't be surprised if "Scooter" gets one...

    November 10, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. scott

    my God...if there was EVER!,EVER!.............EVER!!, a NO BRAINER in the entire history of american gov't....

    W....qualifying as THE WORST prez.......

    has.............GOT................to be......IT.

    scott in NH

    November 10, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. WI Cheesehead

    Lessons for conservatives:
    1. You can NEVER spread Democracy with the barrel of a gun, it’s a biting wit.
    2. Global free market is NOT capable of regulating itself for the greater good of society.
    3. Conservative hostility towards environmental concerns is an irony.
    4. Ronald Reagan is dead, and he's not coming back. The intellectual poverty of the GOP will continue to cost you dearly.

    November 10, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15