July 18th, 2007
03:45 PM ET
9 years ago

Bush approval rate sliding in Granite State

Bush’s approval rating in the Granite State is lower than the national average.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush's job approval rating among residents of New Hampshire has dropped below his national approval rating while support for the Iraq war in the Granite State remains slightly above the national level, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

The CNN/WMUR poll of 524 New Hampshire residents was conducted by telephone from July 9 through Tuesday by the University of New Hampshire. The poll had a sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 percent.

According to the poll, 24 percent of New Hampshire residents approve of the way Bush is handling his job, compared with 32 percent in the last national CNN poll, conducted by Opinion Research Corporation June 22-24. Seventy-two percent disapprove, according to the New Hampshire poll.

The president's job approval rating has been on a steady downhill slide in the state. It stood at 39 percent a year ago and 31 percent in February.

Five years ago, in June 2002, 75 percent of New Hampshire residents approved of Bush's handling of his job.

Poll respondents gave Bush his worst marks in his handling of foreign affairs (22 percent approve) and Iraq (21 percent approve), with the disapproval rating for both standing at 74 percent. He got better marks on his handling of the economy, where 34 percent approve and 58 percent disapprove.

Support for the war in Iraq has also been dropping in the state. It stands at 35 percent in the latest poll - down from 47 percent a year ago and 69 percent in June 2003, while the same national poll puts support at the war at 30 percent. Fifty-nine percent oppose the war, the New Hampshire poll said.

Slightly more than a third of those polled in New Hampshire believe U.S. troops should remain in Iraq, while 27 percent say they should come home immediately and 34 percent say they should leave by March 2008.

Fifty-seven percent say the United States cannot win the war in Iraq.

Related: McCain, Edwards slip in New Hampshire

Filed under: President Bush
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Heather MCEwen, TN

    Geez, I wonder why that is? LOL

    July 18, 2007 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  2. Frank, Norfolk VA

    CNN's wrong. Watch other news for fair polls.

    July 18, 2007 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  3. Brooke Cox Pocatello, ID

    Are there really people out there who still support Bush? I don't get it.

    July 18, 2007 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  4. Lynn | Washington State

    Impeach Bush then charge him with treason for failing to secure our borders post 9/11, crimes against the American people (wiretapping, datamining, eavesdropping), and for invading a country without justication or constitutional authority. That no one else has posted here shows just how little the American people care about Bush!

    July 18, 2007 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  5. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    So what? W has been a loser in the ratings for a long time, and the only issue is how to neutralize him and his cronies until January 21, 2009.

    July 19, 2007 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  6. Steve in Charlotte

    The question about "winning" the war in Iraq has never made sense to me... How do you "win" someone else's civil war?

    Been there twice. That government is 100% worthless and not worth a single American life or dollar.

    July 19, 2007 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  7. Barabas

    A drop from 32% to 24% means nothing when you only sample 524 people. More faulty surveys given by CNN to bash the President.

    July 19, 2007 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  8. Anonymous

    My first vote in a presidential election was 1972. I did not vote for the winners, Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew. For years I thought they were the worst pair in history. Bush and Cheney have changed my mind.

    July 19, 2007 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. Mike, HI

    Here's hoping these numbers are true for the Republican voters in NH. It would be more good news for Ron Paul.

    July 19, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. HAWK TX.


    July 19, 2007 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    I'm with Brooke, ID and Lynn Washington State.

    How can Americans continue to support Bush and look in the mirror?

    July 20, 2007 07:15 am at 7:15 am |