August 9th, 2007
11:16 AM ET
15 years ago

Poll: Republicans starting to stand by Bush again

Bush addressed reporters Thursday morning.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush's approval rating has gone up slightly since his all-time low in June, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll released Thursday.

Bush's approval rating in the latest poll was 36 percent, an increase from 32 percent in June. But CNN Polling Director Keating Holland explained that the improvement is entirely due to Republicans turning around and deciding to stand by their president.

"The gain in Bush's approval is due entirely to Republicans coming home," Holland said. "There was no change in the approval rating among Democrats or Independents between this poll and the last one, but Bush's approval rating went up 16 points among Republicans since June."

The poll is based interviews with 1,029 adults, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.

- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

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  1. Aaron

    CNN adds some really stupid items to this ticker, but this might be the worst. These numbers are nearly meaningless and if you count the margin of error in both polls, the approval rating has not even changed. In the first poll, he was somewhere between 29 and 35%, now he's between 33 and 39%. For all practical purposes, its the same. If you're Bush, you must be happy that you don't need a majority to do anything around here....

    August 9, 2007 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. ReadBtwthlins

    Nancy and Harry sure wish they had that kind of support..

    August 9, 2007 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. Jack Lacton, Australia

    When the reality of the threat faced by the world is understood, the rehabilitation of George W Bush's presidency will be similar to that of Harry Truman, a president whose popular support was more than 10% lower than GW's during the final two years of his term but who is now considered one of the finest ever presidents. It'll take 20 years, of course, and require those on the left currently asleep at the wheel to understand what's going on around them but it will happen.

    August 9, 2007 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. mike, nh

    am i the only sane one here that cant help but notice these "statements" that the conservatives make on here?

    they are always, always so childlike and simple. like he's one of the greatest presidents, hes doing a good job, hes taking the fight to our enemies, we havent been attacked since 9/11, you will be dissatified with hilliary too, the troops want to stay and finish the job.
    just catch phrases with absolutlely no facts, reality, or any form of arguement of why any of its true. its just simply parroting what they have been told.

    dont take me the wrong way. i love it, dont stop..... it makes me chuckle and wonder about the mind that could actually believe it.

    i also like thinking about how big of a lie they could tell before it would take you followers to finally get it. is there any limit? if there is we must be close, arent we?

    i understand completly, if my arguements are all recycled, many times debunked right wing propaganda
    i would shy away from a rational adult discussion of the issues at hand.....
    which coincidently they are all ass backwards on, as the adults here already know...

    or how big of a failure?

    to be a 26 percent right winger today you have to suspend reality and ignore all but rush, hannity, and the rest of ministry of fox news.

    iraq, definately directly involved with 9/11 definately had stockpiles of wmd 12 miles north of tikrit....cake walk, greeted as liberators, mission accomplished
    dead ender insurgents, turning the corner, torture ok, no civil war,just sectarian violence.the surge is working and on and on and on. ad infinium

    not one of them will rationally argue one point, just watch

    August 9, 2007 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  5. Anna Sheehan, Woodbridge, VA

    For J. Osborne
    No one has forgotten 9/11. Those moments are printed forever on the hearts, minds and spirits of this country.
    But this administration has used 9/11 to keep us in fear while doing nothing to make us safer. Katrina highlighted the shortcomings of FEMA and Homeland Security. Our ports are still screening less than 10% of incoming cargo. Have you traveled by train recently? Did you notice any security?
    As for invading Iraq – 19 of 20 hijackers came from Saudi Arabia. What sanctions have we taken in dealing with them?

    August 9, 2007 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  6. Chris Hisel Kankakee, IL 60901

    PresidentBush has done well on every issue but four key things which is why im not in the 36%:
    1. Not strong enough on illegals
    2. More concered with big buisness than the consumer
    3. getting involed int the civil war
    ( which as a supporter of the troops i hope the surge works )
    4. Spending more money than a liberal would while the deficit is almost 9 trillion ( but as a percent it is going
    down )
    Another than not enforcing conservative liberitarian values to the degree I would hes done great with growing the economy, helping limit abortions, lowering( but not enough on the middle) taxes, amoung other small things. I think the reason he messed up with Katrina was he was afraid to do something follish.

    August 9, 2007 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  7. chris kankakee IL

    To the "tolerant" liberals in this discussion don't hate on my religon(baptist) It may be constitutionial
    to say it but i also can say your an idiot.

    August 9, 2007 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  8. destardi, Chicago, IL

    Michael from Atlanta, my 67 year old mother has worked ALL OF HER LIFE, she is EDUCATED, but had to retire early to prevent my nephew from entering foster care, because of my careless brother. She now has no healthcare, and the woman deserves better. Is Healthcare a privilege, or a right? If you say that a millionaire should have better healthcare, then I guess it's a privilege...if you say a $40,000 bricklayer should have equal access, then it's a RIGHT...You disgust me with your dismissal of Americans who are good, Christian people as ignorant, poor, slovenly.
    And, "Chip" in Celina, generally speaking, you need to understand what "tolerance" refers to. IF you think picking on people in the name of religion should be allowed, then you certainly should support picking on people BECAUSE of their religion.

    jus sayin

    August 10, 2007 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  9. mr red state usa

    i have never known a more honorable more respectable president than gw bush! i am already the proud owner of the talking gw bush doll in navy flight suit. you know, the one he wore when he took the controls of the jet that overflew the uss a. lincoln, and then landed on the carrier to anounce victory in iraq 2003. let me tell you, i take so much pride in this doll, that i have decided to buy another one, especially since his poll numbers have now increased! please everyone, show your absolute and blind patriotism and buy one of these dolls! you won't be dissapointed~~

    August 10, 2007 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  10. Mary, Beaver, PA

    "That’s the core value of the true christianity: sacrifice." - Posted By Dan, Mountain View, CA

    You're right, Dan. There have been a lot of Christian mothers, fathers, sons and daughters who have sacrificed as a result of Bush's policies. Please tell me what Bush himself has sacrificed.

    August 10, 2007 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Yeah right Greg and be sure your the first to land on the steps of the white house to lay the first bouquet of flowers in Congratulatory Respect
    for Good Ol Georgie!
    But dont' be surprised when they wilt and wither just like his recent ratings will when the Republicans wake up and realize their change of heart on George DUBYAH will put them in the cellar with the rest of the REPUBS.
    An Idiot is an Idiot regardless of who stands behind or beside him!

    August 10, 2007 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. David, Salinas, CA

    To D.H. & Bill who objected to my post:

    I apologize for questioning your loyalty. You’re right. I went too far. You are entitled to your positions.

    With that said, I still don’t understand how you, as loyal Americans, can defend this administration.

    Please explain.

    August 10, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Everyone keeps calling them (Republicans) Kool Aide Drinkers. The biggest problem I see is that they ARENT drinking that special Kool Aide!! We really do need to colonize a country so that we can send all of those hate filled Bible banging hypocrites there to form their version of the Great Society. They can take Georgie and Dickie to lead them. They love 'em so much, thay can have 'em!!

    August 10, 2007 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  14. Jeff, Houston, Texas

    Why hasn't anyone taken action, legally, against the Republican Crime Syndicate?

    For the same reason people fear the mob, gangs, or any grouyp of people like that.

    As much as I despise this administration, I genuinely fear what its supporters would do if action were taken. History is repleat with the outcomes of angry, ignorant people moving as one.

    I just hope we survive until we can get someone in the White House with even a little intellectual ability.

    Taking action against George would set loose a pack of rabid dogs. I have no desire ot live in the police state they would create, or finish creating, since he has already started.

    Doubt me? Read this blog.

    August 10, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. Mike, HI, a Republican

    Greg, Phoenix:

    And there is NO doubt that what is truly best for America is a safe and secure, democratically governed Iraq.

    What does Iraq have to do with the US? It's not like Iraq has ever had the means to harm the 50 states.

    What is truly best for America is a return to the Constitution.

    NOONE would dispute the fact that if we were to leave Iraq now, the entire region would go up in flames and we would face many more terrorist attacks here on US soil.

    I would. As would many others.

    I've never heard the "many more terrorist attacks" part though. Except maybe from the President. I'd love to see someone explain exactly how we'd suffer "many more terrorist attacks."

    August 10, 2007 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  16. Michael,kent oh

    I do agree bush WILL be remembered. I think history will remember him as a rather poor president,who got the united states into a very ugly war. I think however that will be the first paragraph in the history book. What he will most likely be remembered mostly for,is expanding the powers of the executive branch,or perhaps when the dust settles,affirming their limits.

    At the end of the day,while the war is terrible,in 100 years,it will be a minor event in the history books. It will be remembered as the time we traded one problem,a ruthless dictator,for another,a recreation of the lawless terrorist factory that we had just gotten rid of in Afghanistan.
    Iraq is a mess and its not getting any better. I expect sometime in the next year,the administration will declare victory. They will hand over control to the Iraqis and then withdraw. It wouldn't surprise me to see it happen very close to the election. That way,republicans can point to it and say "look,we won,vote for us". The government doesn't have to last for long,just long enough for the election. Afterwards,either the Republicans can blame the Democrats for the failure (hey,it didn't fail on the Republicans watch,it happened,in February of 2009,the Dems must have caused it) If a Republican wins,he can either blame Bush,or blame the democrats for "cutting and running". Just look at your history books,remember vietnamization. How long did that last?

    August 16, 2007 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  17. Celt17

    Not a surprise: 36% is basically what Bush has used to declare his 7-year overwhelming mandate to "govern." Considering how tightly the die-hards have had shut their eyes and hold their breaths to believe in Bush/Cheney [The Boy Fool and His Handler], I think it's more of a statement that 4% actually started to question him.

    The amazing thing is that when a Democratic President screws up, most Democrats–even most on the left–will recognize it. When a Republican President screws up, the right wing will NEVER admit it. I cannot imagine how exasperating it must be to be a moderate (reasonable and responsible) Republican.

    If you were to review the last 7 years and take out the personalities of Bush and Cheney and the party affiliation, most Americans would be appalled by this Administration. If Bush were a Democrat [Cheney couldn't be], imagine the personal insults that Rush and O'Reilly & Fox would throw at him. If Bush were a Democrat, do you think conservatives would stay quiet in light of his policies? Defense conservatives should be outraged (as many retired military leaders are). Fiscal conservatives should be appalled. Constitutional conservatives should be preparing impeachment articles. They would be if Bush were a Democrat.

    I think we have seen how much real principle there is behind the high-minded talk of most conservatives.

    August 26, 2007 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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