November 10th, 2008
01:06 PM ET
10 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)

    Dibbler Obama will be nothing like bush.. and definitely not twice as good when Bush was bad ... lol...... Obama is from a different mold all together.

    November 10, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |

    many mcain-palin supporters are still mad.they are not good loosers.they have to undrestand the dissapointment that many of us felt in 2004 election we lived through Bushes four more years. now it is our time to celebrate the the end we are all americans reaching for the same dream.come a board lets all enjoy the ride.

    November 10, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. MGB in Houston

    AW COME ON!!! Lets see if we can get it up to 90%!! We have two months! Lets do it!

    November 10, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. karen

    Anything wiil certainly be an improvement over the last 8 years where the Democrats were not allowed anywhere near 1600 Penn. Ave. As of last Tuesday it's as if someone in a dark, stuffy room opened up a window to let in fresh air.

    71 days to go.........(not that I'm counting)

    November 10, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Moi

    The tragedy is that it took so many people so long to realize that the guy is completely incompetent, lacking any of the talents required for the role. We will be paying for decades. I wish that more had realized this sooner, and we would have had only one term of his reign of terror. Or that the Supreme Court hadn't stolen the election the first time around.

    November 10, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. Nathan,

    There's 24 % who approve of this moron?!!!!!!!! The entire world is breathing a sign of relief that we're going to be rid of this narrow minded, intellectually deprived stain on American history. Incompetent is too generous a word to describe what he has done to this country.

    November 10, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Rich

    I love the clowns that say that even though Bush has a low approval rating, that congress has an even lower one....

    I guess that makes it alright...

    Using that logic, murder must be OK because someone murdered someone last month...

    And the premise that Bush has kept us safe during his watch would have more weight if there was clear evidence that there was even ONE time where something they did, prevented another attack....

    We have not been attacked by spotted wild hippo's either, so I guess Bush is the one responsible for that as well......

    Clearly these posters are one of the 24%....

    November 10, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Jason

    I still can't believe we have people posting here that still support this president. The biggest argument they have is national security and how since he's been in office, there have been no more foreign attacks against the US.

    Guess what. Here are the facts:
    How many foreign attacks before 9/11 and after Pearl Harbour?

    How many foreign attacks while Bush was in Office?

    How many attacks after 9/11?

    So using the argument that since 9/11 there have been 0 attacks, logic would state that all the presidents prior to Bush must have been really good with national security as well? And it looks like Bush is the only one to have allowed such an attack to happen in recent times.

    November 10, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. John in NH

    No surprises here. What really amazes me is that it's still evident he rigged his first victory, americans in general were foolish enough to vote for him a second time and NOW people are complaining (?)

    November 10, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Ramen Dude

    Republican spin: Bush is superlative!

    November 10, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Thomas

    I have complete confidence that President Bush, in the remaining time on office will strive harder to increase this number.

    Don't misunderestimate President Bush. 76% disapproval rating is nothing. I bet he will go for 80+%

    November 10, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. JPM

    I for one would like to congratulate GWB on setting a record while in office. Way to go! No one can call him an underachieve anymore!!


    November 10, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. Walter

    Amazing how CNN always puts up the negative ratings for Geoge Bush but rarely focuses on the like negative ratings that have been in place for Congress for some time (p.s. in case you did not know, Congress is Democrat controlled.

    November 10, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. KG

    Do these right-wingers who like to yell about the congress' low approval rating realize that it's so low because the democrats are acting like republicans: NOT impeaching Bush, NOT ending the war in Iraq.

    Their approval rating would go way up if they had done either of these things in the past two years.

    November 10, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. Roy W. Fouts Jr.

    I am tired, tired,tired of CNN's CONSTANT slamming of the President of the United States. It's over now and regardless of how CNN's group poll's the American public, not all of us thinks he has done a bad job. History may end up proving him to be a very good President (as is Henry S. Truman) since no more attacks have been made under HIS watch which CNN ALWAYS fails to mention.

    I'm switching to FOX news.

    Unhappy Reader of CNN news.

    November 10, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. Annie

    This year I was a first time voter, so I did not vote Bush into office. Would I have if I could have? I have no idea because I did not watch anything about the previous election. However, I give Bush serious props. For what he was handed when he was president, a good deal from which the Democratic party messed up when Clinton was in office, he did a darn good job. I feel so sorry for the man. He might not be the brightest spoon in the drawer, and he might have done things that I do not agree with, however, people DID vote him back ito office, and he truly did the BEST that he could with what he was given. He did have to deal with 9/11 shortly after he was in office, and he did his job and kept us safe from future attacks. I hate how our country always needs to place the blame on anyone but themselves.

    November 10, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. Rorschach

    @Jon in Talent , November 10th, 2008 12:06 pm ET

    " Cnn, you are losing our support more and more every day and we will be watching when Hussein throws you under the bus as well. Don't even think about whining to us."

    - Who is this mysterious "Us/We" you're referring to – the 24% who inexplicably still believe that W was God's own chosen president?

    November 10, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. JM

    CNN run the rest of the story. Congress's approval ratings are even lower.

    November 10, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. Scott, Wichita

    Kurt November 10th, 2008 12:12 pm ET

    Bush has been an equal opportunity disaster. He brought down the Republican party along with the nation. 100 years from now his legacy will be the devastating consequences of the Bush Doctrine–the preemptive strike–the first time in the history of our great nation when we made it a policy to attack first without being attacked.

    Bay of Pigs, Dominican Republic, Lao/Cambodia (68), Panama, Iraq(98, Operation Desert Fox, Clinton)

    And those are just the ones we know about.

    November 10, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. maestro

    Dear "John in UPST NY",

    No one in the middle east, besides Israel, wants the US there... That's why they're flying planes into our buildings...

    November 10, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. hometowndemocrat

    independent vet

    You're an block head! Obama showed his birth certificate to the people that needed to see it. There is a photo copy of it posted on line for all to see. Hawaii has a state law that forbids a birth certificate be released to anyone but the person named on it. In other words, it is illegal for it to be release to the press.
    What would you like President Elect Obama to do? Perhaps if he showed up at your front door with an original copy you'd be satisfied?

    November 10, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. Dan, TX

    It never ceases to amaze me how people are more interested in tearing down the other side than in solving problems.

    The bottom line is that Bush did not follow the principles he told us he was going to follow. We thought Bush would just be the care taker of the economy with no war and would not mess up the good things Clinton did, and be socially conservative. With 9/11, Bush took off in a direction we never anticipated and he should not have lied to us about Iraq.

    Most republicans are not like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, they are decent caring people. Let's not sterotype republicans or democrats. Let's solve problems. The partisan critics here are fools in my opinion, selfishly spouting off to make themselves feel good.

    November 10, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  23. Larry

    to John in UPYRS NY:

    You are clueless.

    November 10, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  24. Red, Red WHINE!!

    Oh Please:

    Jimmy Carter was bad, I agree. But I would take him hands down over this fool and/or McCain. Bush is a walking incompetent moron with a solid track of failure. McCain is even worse.

    November 10, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  25. GA for Obama

    brooke in Pa- ah, yes, you must be one of Bush's IDIOT supporters..get lost..Obama is far smarter and cleverer than the likes of you and Bush

    November 10, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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