December 26th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
2 months ago

CNN Poll: Three out of four Americans glad to see Bush go

Three-fourths of those polled are glad to see Bush's presidency end.
Three-fourths of those polled are glad to see Bush's presidency end.

(CNN) - As President George W. Bush gets ready to leave the White House in three-and-a-half weeks, and a new national poll suggests that three out of four Americans feel his departure is coming not a moment too soon.

Seventy-five percent of those questioned in a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they're glad President Bush is going, with 23 percent indicating they'll miss him.

"Earlier this year, Bush scored some of the lowest presidential approval ratings we've seen in half a century, so it's understandable that the public is eager for a new president to step in," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

The three-quarters of Americans surveyed who say they won't miss Bush is 24 points higher than the 51 percent who said they wouldn't miss Bill Clinton when he left office in January 2001. Forty-five percent of those questioned at that time said they would miss Clinton.

"As President Bush prepares to leave office, the American public has a parting thought: Good riddance. At least that's the way three-quarters feel," says CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider.

The poll indicates that Bush has been compared poorly to his predecessors, with 28 percent saying that he's the worst ever when compared to other presidents in American history. Forty percent rate Bush as poor and 31 percent feel he's been a good president.

Only a third of those polled want Bush to remain active in public life after he leaves the White House, with two-thirds saying they don't want him to stay active in a public way. That 33 percent figure who want Bush to remain in the public eye is 22 points lower than those questioned in 2001 who wanted Bill Clinton to retain a public role.

"Bush has dropped on a number of measures but possibly the biggest is that only one in five say he inspires confidence. That's an important figure when the country is facing its biggest economic crisis in a generation," says Holland.

When running for the White House in the 2000 presidential campaign, Bush promised to be a uniter, not a divider.

But the poll suggests that 82 percent feel that Bush did not unite the country, with 17 percent saying he did.

"The vast majority of Americans believed he betrayed his promise to unite the country," says Schneider. "He took a country that was divided under President Clinton and he divided it worse."

Only 27 percent of those questioned in the poll approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president, with 72 percent in disapproval. Bush's job approval rating has been at or below freezing since the beginning of the year, says Schneider - one of the lowest ratings for any president, ever.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted December 19-21, with 1,013 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.


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soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. David

    Amen. I may be GOP but this guy has to go. The neo-con's hijacked the GOP to where it no longer resembles what it was before they took it over starting with the power play of putting George H.W. as Reagan's VP (when Reagan totally disliked him). Since that time the neo-con's dominated the party and we see where they have now taken it. it's time to clear them out.

    December 26, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. shucks

    I didn't know that frontal lobotomies were so predominant in this country. That is the only way to account for that 1 in 4 that are sad to see him go.

    December 26, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. count me among them

    I read someone say he will be regarded as a great president, but I cannot find one thing that he accomplished, even the one I read on this blog that he kept us safe is not correct, as secretaries of state has said, it was fully 9 months into his watch when the attack happened and no one connected the dots (was listening), I think that kind of not paying attention starts at the top, He, not Clinton, bears this responsibility

    December 26, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. Jonathan Buchanan

    You've overstayed your welcome 8 years too long!! Good bye....good riddance, and "Ya'll DON'T come back now............ya hear???!!!

    December 26, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. Tutz

    From stealing an election to one confabulation after another: GWB will be remembered as an ugly scar in this great nation's complexion. Go, Mr. Bush. Good luck sleeping nights knowing what you've done to disgrace this nation and prolong the suffering of so many. The biggest shame is that you have repeatedly shown yourself to be intellectually and morally incapable of comprehending the depth of your destruction.

    You are a bad, bad man.

    December 26, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Apples for sale

    Lets have a parade and the largest party ever on 1/20/2009,just to let him know what we thought of him and how much he will be missed.Bring your shoes.

    December 26, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. Cowboy

    CNN took the survey from mostly democrats since it mostly covers only democratic opinions.

    December 26, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. LM75

    Bye Bush. Don't let the door hit you when you leave. And good riddence to the worst leader in the past 100 years.

    December 26, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. Brenda C

    CNN sure does love polls. God Bless you Mr. President and I know you have been a great President. Keep us in your prayers as you know we will need it. You haven't been perfect but you have not tried to become a celebrity by saying anything and everything everyone wants to hear. I think the next man will have a problem since he and the media bought the presidency he'll have a hard time trying to please all since he promised everyone everything. Again thank you for standing for something and not falling for everything.

    December 26, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. Don't let the door hit you in the *** on the way out

    23 percent will miss him.

    Yeah. The 23 percent that benefited from him stealing from the poor and giving to the rich. Trickle down economics does not work people. We tried it. We gave more money to the rich in hopes that they would spend it on goods and services and they didn't. They horded the wealth and the rest of us got poorer.

    Now it's time to take it away from them.

    I am a lifelong right of center American that supports P.E. Obama 100%. I will admit I voted for Bush and I'm sorry for that. Now I can't wait till he's gone.

    December 26, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  11. LM75

    Who in the H*** would be sad to see Bush go.

    December 26, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  12. joeybagofdonuts

    He still has higher approval rating than the Dem-controller congress.

    December 26, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. Khach Turabian

    It's pretty sad that one out of four is sad to see him go. Thats about 75 million people in USA.

    December 26, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Get rid of the Jerk, glad to see him go, he is the worst president ever elected. J

    December 26, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. Remy

    Bush will retire with a hefty pension and security guards arond him. His business interests made good fortunes from the Iraqi war. He is immune for any War Crimes or other related issues. So, no one will care him once he leaves WhiteHouse!

    December 26, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. Big Al C.

    I want him, his family and his entire staff as well as their families to all go to a place that would make Guantanamo look like heaven. And stay there till their last breath.

    December 26, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. bush league

    I have had the disturbing experience of researching Bush's pre-Iraq fact twisting and suppression. There is no way that historians will miss the stuff....it's there if you want to find it. I'm sorry that he, Cheney and Rice aren't going to prison.

    December 26, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. xcusme

    I'm one of the 3.

    December 26, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. byeeeeeeeeeeee!

    Good riddins to bad rubbish! I am so glad to see this man leave. He has totally screwed up this country and it's not right how he get to walk away and not have to live from check to check like most people. I've never seenn it so bad and I bet not one of his family members died in Iraq. Good bye Mr. Bush, and I hope God will have mercy on your soul cause you did us wrong, just plain wrong! There is no doubt that you are the worst President to ever run this country and I don't think there will ever or could ever be any worse than you.

    December 26, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. Don't let the door hit you in the *** on the way out

    The 23 percent that will miss him are the ones who he gave all the money to (and some dirt poor rednecks that are shooting themselves in the foot.)

    I voted for him and I am sorry for that. Now I support Obama 100%.

    Trickle down economics don't work. We tried giving to the rich in hopes that they would buy goods and services and the money would trickle down to the rest of us. Instead the rich horded the wealth and the rest of us are poorer than ever.

    Let's take it away from them.

    December 26, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. Jackie

    I wonder how many missed President Clinton AFTER the first four years of the Bush Administration? Pres Bush might have been a model of evangelistic mores but we should not necessarily choose a president for his religious bent any more than we would choose a plumber solely because he belongs to our church

    December 26, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. Ray

    I'd say it's more like 9 out of 10

    December 26, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. once upon a horse

    I personally think that Bush is not a bad person and has taken a lot of fault for what's wrong in our country today. (Cheney on the other hand I think is WICKED). It was time for a change one way or another and as an open minded person I wish him and his wife the best, yet the war in Iraq and the lies that got us there and the lives that were lost is just really too much to bare. Bush was a puppet for the far right neo-cons of his party and that is what made his terms as bad as they turned out.

    December 26, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  24. People make no sense

    It is amazing that Bush used the American people to get his own family and friends richer, and so many people are bashing or defending this man. So many people claim that he is stupid, but his oil friends & family are richer, his defense contractor friends & family are richer, and now his executive friends & family are richer; All paid for by us, the taxpayers. How dumb are the democrats to listen to this man and give him command of $700 billion dollars of our taxpaying dollars? He will go down in history as a great president because so many sheep see the world with closed eyes. The U.S. worships the almighty dollar.

    Religion, government, charities, families, and any other structured organization are great, however, they are ran by human beings and greed runs rampant in us. People are selfish, prejudice, ignorant, greedy and trusting. Until some self reflection is administered, nothing will change in America. Obama is one man in a sea of wolves. Every person that ever tried to change the establishment has either been converted or killed.

    God Bless.

    December 26, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. Larry, Apex, North Carolina

    DUH!!!

    December 26, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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