August 9th, 2007
11:16 AM ET
14 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


Filed under: President Bush
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Jeff, Houston, Texas

    Frightening. 36% of the people walking down the street are ignorant, blind, and down right dangerous in their support of this fool. Recall that I said he would come back to wreak more havoc than we thought possible. Even for George. You read it here first.

    August 9, 2007 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. RightyTighty

    Or just perhaps, Opinion Research Corporation decided to actually call registered Republicans this time. They're unscientific research techniques are well documented.

    August 9, 2007 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. DH Saginaw, MI

    And I bet it really pained them to report something positive about the President!

    August 9, 2007 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. Patrick, Cincinnati, OH

    "And I bet it really pained them to report something positive about the President!"

    Well if you call a failed policy and 700 billion wasted and counting... plus three trillion added to the debt... over 3,600 dead something positive then you must really see through rose colored glasses.

    August 9, 2007 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. John Gringdridge

    Just a law of numbers really. Take a room full of people and 1/3 are gullible. To have any approval points after these debacles is really amazing maybe it represents super rich CEO's that are pillaging the country.

    August 9, 2007 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. J Clinton, Scottsdale, AZ

    Your comment on the Republicans "coming home" just emphasizes how pathetic the Republicans are. Perhaps the ill-conceived twinking of the tax code for Corporate Taxes has something to do with it.

    August 9, 2007 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. Don, Davenport FL

    Will be remembered in history as one of America's greatest Presidents.

    Ps: I'm not blind, ignorant nor dangerous either!

    August 9, 2007 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. bkrane Pittsburgh PA

    There is still nothing "positive" to say about President Bush. Its just that the lemmings are rushing more rapidly to the sea.

    August 9, 2007 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. David, Salinas, CA

    Come on, people... Wake up and smell the incompetence.

    I don’t mind that we have ideological differences. That’s what makes this a great country.
    But at some point we have to put our differences aside and face facts:

    This rash and foolish administration has ignored our citizen’s desperation (40 million uninsured, Katrina victims still suffering), mortgaged our children’s future (a trillion dollars in debt for a useless war) , trampled our liberties (warrantless wiretaps, secret prisons), destroyed our country’s reputation (preemptive attacks, torture, Abu Ghraib), and totally bungled the war on terror (100,000 lost AK47s, bin Laden still taunting us). Bush isn’t a conservative. He’s a damned fool.

    True patriots care more about America’s future than they do about tax cuts, cowboy posturing and oil company profits. If you support this president you may be a loyal Republican... but you aren’t a loyal American.

    August 9, 2007 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. Richard Mount Prospect IL

    Talk about drinking the KoolAid! But, guess you are nutty enough to be a Baptist you are the kind that still support Bush/Chaney

    August 9, 2007 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Mike Sandberg, Bloomington, IL

    What improvement? The polls have an error of margin of +/-3%. There is no change. If Bush could manage a 39% rating, that would be a change.

    August 9, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. KillPNAC, Los Angeles, CA

    Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government
    09 Aug 2007
    http://www.legitgov.org/
    All links and summaries to articles below are available here:
    http://www.legitgov.org/index.html#breaking_news
    Chevron, Total sign Iraq oil contract for Majnoon Field (Dow Jones Newswire) 08 Aug 2007 Oil giants Total SA and Chevron Corp. have signed a services agreement that would lead to the two jointly exploring and developing hydrocarbons from one of Iraq's biggest oil fields once the country gets an oil law in place [!] and security on the ground improves, people familiar with the deal say. The two companies signed an agreement last year and are currently assessing above-ground conditions around Majnoon, Iraq's fourth biggest oil field, which sits near the border with Iran, and at least one other field in the south of Iraq, to see what development work is required, the people told Dow Jones Newswires.

    Iraq oil minister bans unions, discussions on US-backed oil law 05 Aug 2007 Iraq's energy ministry is using a Saddam-era decree to crack down on trade unions and stifle dissent against foreign exploitation of the country's vast oil reserves, the Basra-based oil workers' union claims. Hassan Juma'a, the union's leader, has been at the forefront of a public campaign against the signing of a controversial new oil law – demanded by Washington – that would lead to long-term profit-sharing contracts being signed with multinational oil giants. But Hussein Shahrastani, Iraq's oil minister, has now issued a directive banning unions from participating in any official discussions about the new law, 'since these unions have no legal status to work within the state sector'.

    Poll: Iraqis Oppose Oil Privatization (OneWorld) 08 Aug 2007 A new public opinion poll has found nearly two thirds of Iraqis oppose plans to open the country's oilfields to foreign companies. The poll found a majority of every Iraqi ethnic and religious group believe their oil should remain nationalized. Some 66 percent of Shi'ites and 62 percent of Sunnis support government control of the oil sector, along with 52 percent of Kurds.

    911 was an inside job, and the same people that instill fear in the American public and deteriorate the Constitution and Bill of Rights are the same ones that are telling us that we are going to have another 9112B, and then we will end up invading Iran for their oil, then Venezuela, etc.
    http://www.newamericancentury.org

    August 9, 2007 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. Josey2006

    Judging by the comments above, Bush's favorability is closer to 33%.

    August 9, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. Bill, Alabama

    The reason that the Republicans are "coming back" to Bush is that they have seen the pathetic ticket that they have in their present candidates.

    August 9, 2007 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. Bill Engelke - Saint Cloud, Minnesota

    If we the people recall, in addition to the controversy of Weapons of Mass Destruction falsely reported by the Bush camp, he also promised we only were to depose Saddam, then withdrawl our troops so IRAQ could re-establish a reasonable status-quo of their own accord. His lies & potential for profit being a Oil Magnate with financial interests in the Military Industrial Complex (Cheney as well) raises even more questions to his delibrate intent. (26,000 casulties later)

    August 9, 2007 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. Chip Celina OH

    "But, guess you are nutty enough to be a Baptist you are the kind that still support Bush/Chaney"

    This comment probably comes from a 'progressive' that espouses the concept of 'tolerance'. BTW, it's Cheney, not Chaney. Unless you refer to Lon.

    What a bigotted comment.

    August 9, 2007 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. Tim, New Jersey

    How delusional can someone be to approve of this President?

    Keep drinkin' that Kool-aid.

    August 9, 2007 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. Steven, CO

    Its funny, a very close friend of mine is in that top 2% that is always mentioned. She can't stand Bush or this administration. She actually works in DC not far from the white house, knows all the movers and shakers and says they ALL despise him. I'm thinking maybe its the people (like a few that I work with) that still believe that Iraq was responsible for 911 that there WERE weapons of mass destruction found and that the baby jesus is guiding W. Hard to stomach that they represent 36% of the population though. Sheesh.

    August 9, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. Steve Villarreal,Carrollton Texas

    True leaders are not shaken by opinions and polls. Pres. Bush has stuck to his guns and in the long run, we will all see that it was the right thing to do. In this age of fast food, alot of people need to learn "Patience". Bravo George!

    August 9, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Michael Yancey, Atlanta, Georgia

    The left wing media constantly disapproves of Bush, as far as people being ignorant I don't think so Jeff Houston, the democrats putting a national health care system in place would be ignorant. Health care would suck, ignorants among people who dont have jobs and people on welfare who voted for kerry in 04, yeah you could say 1/3 of Americans are ignorant.
    This is the real world

    August 9, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  21. Anna Sheehan, Woodbridge, VA

    I'm amazed that 1/3 of this country still supports this farce of a president and this corrupt administration. Were I a Republican (which I most thankfully am not!) I would not want to have any association with a group so lacking in any moral values. At some point you have to wake up and smell the coffee and realize continuing to support this scum cheapens everything the Republicans says they stand for.

    August 9, 2007 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. Dan, Mountain View, CA

    I like President Bush from the early beginning despite the mass media hatred and pressure. To be honest with you folks, the main problem is with our media which are not fair in reporting the news. All the media (except Fox News which is fair) are pro to the left (you might agree with me). Mostly only the bads about the president that they write and broadcast (especially before the 2006 election). Well, nothing much that I can say except he is truly a God send president. God send means may not be popular (as Jesus was when He was on earth). But you will see his fruits 10, 20 or 100 years later, not now. That's the core value of the true christianity: sacrifice.

    August 9, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    When you start out a presidency with 49% of Americans being bitter, angry and down right partisan it is no surprise whatsoever that one's approval rating is not off the charts after 4 years of military conflict. Particularly when you have a media bent on painting the military action as an utter disaster everytime a bomb goes off in the streets.

    Fortunately for all of us, the majority of Americans don't let their blind partisan hatred get in the way of what is truly best for America. And there is NO doubt that what is truly best for America is a safe and secure, democratically governed Iraq. 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.

    It is hard for the unbiased to not let the Democratic politicians and various liberal media outlets get to them after 4 years of ramming it down their throats that everything we do is wrong. However, what these same Americans respond to is success and we are now beginning to see real success with this battle for democracy in Iraq.

    No terrorist attacks on US soil since 9/11.

    A healthy economy with great employment numbers.

    These are the things that truly matter to Americans and these are the reasons that many Americans are finally waking up to realize that Bush is doing a very good job running this country.

    By the way, I am an independent through and through so I guess CNN Polling Director Keating Holland doesn't really have all figured out after all.

    August 9, 2007 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. Jeff, Rochester, NY

    Boy...the hippies are out in force today. Yep, Bush-Cheney were responsible for 9/11 so they could loot Iraq's oil and sell it cheaply to "Big Oil". They're also focused on killing the poor which is why they haven't done anything with Katrina. Plus, Republican Fat Cats are focused on figuring out ways to line our...opps I mean their...pockets. By the way hippies...why don't you ask your patron saint Hillary why she kisses the butt of every financial house CEO...you know, those "Fat Cats" you so despise. Oh, and your boy JOhn Edwards, why not ask him how his 17 mil in a hedge fund that does offshore banking in the Caymans jibes with his "Two Americas" rap. Maybe later huh?

    August 9, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  25. Jim, Atlanta

    Righty Tighty:

    http://www.pollingreport.com/BushJob1.htm

    Bush is at 32% approval in the latest Fox News poll.

    What...... you kool-aid drinkers don't even believe your own propaganda ministry anymore?....those lefties at Fox just can't be believed.

    I guess you're waiting for the Republican National Committee poll taken from a random sample at Crawford Texas.

    Bush must remember that he's not paranoid....the whole world really does hate him.

    August 9, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
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