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
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  1. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    "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."

    Gullible is swallowing Michael Moore's propoganda hook, line & sinker. Gullible is adopting the paranoid view that Bush/Cheney planned 9/11. Gullible is regurgitating the democratic spin that Bush/Cheney are subverting the constitution (if so – why hasn't anyone charged the President or VP in a court of law?)

    Rantings of sore losers (2000, 2004) that are calling Bush to be impeached as retribution for Clinton's impeachment.

    Our country is LUCKY to have a President who is more focused on fighting terrorism ~ keeping this country safe than his own political approval ratings.

    Clinton didn't fight terrorism but he was able to keep his approval numbers higher than Bush. He should be proud!

    August 9, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. Susan

    The problem with the liberals is that you are always looking to point the finger and blame someone...never taking responsibility for your own problems. You elected a Democratic House and Senate and they have done nothing except raise the minimum wage, which is a ridiculous issue because most employers already pay way above the new minimum. We're still in Iraq because Pelosi-Reid can't get their own party to support a surrender bill without bribing them with pork spending. Dems need to wake up and realize that their party is weak on defense, weak on business, and weak on ideas. That's why you have spent way too much time, effort, and tax dollars launching mindless investigations of Bush's administration. People are sick of the partisan BS, which the Dems promised to end if they were elected...HA! Fat Chance! That's why the Dems have an even LOWER approval rating that Bush. Read the above posts and see for yourself how idiotic your party is. You will never win the White House with the candidates you have out get used to another Republican president.

    August 9, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. DJ, Los Angeles

    It probably has more to do with Bush keeping a low profile and not putting his foot in his mouth.

    As soon as he starts talking again about immigration or irak,
    his popularity will fall back down again.

    August 9, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. mike, nh

    hey righty, since you didnt have the cajones to answer me on the other thread (bush/bonds) ill come over here and show up another aspect of your ignorance for all of us to see.....

    do you know what random means?
    as in a random survey call?

    o.k. listen carefully...try real hard to concentrate and more importantly comprehend!

    random means you dont know who you are calling.....could be 100% democrats or it could be 100% republicans you dont know.....thats where the random part comes in.

    if you figure out who you are calling first and you know what thier answer is going be before you ask it it takes the random part out of it.

    funny that republicans love surveys as long as they say reinforce thier skewed point of view....then when reality creeps in and the right-wing house of cards starts to collapse, suddenly they have no use for surveys or they are just plain wrong or whatever the deflection du jour is that day.

    just so happens that the republicans havent been on the majority side of a survey in three years.

    maybe its the runaway train of republican failure that they placed on the tracks and are still to stupid or bullheaded to derail.

    August 9, 2007 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. RightyTighty

    Jeb Bush 2008
    Let the dynasty continue!!

    August 9, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. Justin Kane, Hudson MA

    For all the Republicans who are coming back to their senses and supporting our President: Welcome back!

    August 9, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. Stan, Seattle, WA

    Dear Don, Davenport FL: do yourself a favor and go hurl yourself off a bridge to relieve your misery I.e., supporting Bush "Will be remembered in history as one of America’s greatest Presidents"–you've GOT TO BE KIDDING!! Are you ok?!? May God bless your poor soul, I feel sorry for you! I know you're just trying to "stir up the hornet's nest" with your insane statement. Nice try fella.

    August 9, 2007 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. Bill, South Carolina

    Amen to Don in Davenport!

    President Bush has the COURAGE to stand up and do what he believes is right. He definitely will be treated kindly when history judges him, unless all of the historians are liberal.

    To David in Salinas,

    Typical liberal hate speech. Question the loyalty of those who disagree with you, smart David, very smart. I'm a loyal American who happens to support our president. Yes, I said OUR president. He represents you also, whether you like it or not.

    Unlike you though David, I refuse to question your loyalty to this country because of your views.

    August 9, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. David Rordiguez Stafford Texas

    After seeing the Democratic debates, Americans are seeing what fools are running for president. President Bush doesn't look so bad after all.

    August 9, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. mr red state usa

    patrick remember what don said:

    he will be remembered as one of america's greatest presidents! remember iraq was not a war of choice, we were forced to invade!

    August 9, 2007 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. Jimmy, Washington, DC

    Not only have a few polls shown a positive increase in poll numbers for Bush, Bush has rated higher than the "new" Congress for quite some time now. Maybe that should tell you something.

    August 9, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. Elias, Denver, CO

    "Will be remembered as one of America's greatest Presidents"????

    Hey Don, I have some oceanfront property here in CO to sell you. Interested?

    August 9, 2007 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. VanReuter NY NY

    Only 64% unfavorable, yippee! Thank goodness they finally decided to call registered republicans THIS time. Hilarious.


    August 9, 2007 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. Lance, Monrovia, CA.

    What Will They Think of Next?
    or Dick Cheney's Pacemaker needs batteries, not included.

    Libby? signing statements, habius corpus, nukes in North Korea, torture, fear, clean air? Blackwater dirty, every child left behind. Ducttape your windows, Osama boo, Wolfowitz through. 9 fired attorneys, 1 mired attorney general. Special prosecutor? dis-union, dissolution, discontent. voter fraud? election fraud. no blacks allowed. Tim Griffen resigned, caging lists, Greg Palast, missing emails no longer. Orange alert, terror dry runs, 911 in Iraq, Iraq caused 911, huh?
    Impeach them, Impeach them, Impeach them. Do not wait, have mercy, take time, listen, look around, Impeach them, Impeach them. Stop, what’s that sound?
    It’s democracy, run aground.

    The Hole Truth

    The man keeps digging but doesn't see, y'know that's just the thing that worries me.

    Gonzo won't go he's in the know. Monica Goodling, FBI Director even his pre-decessor, they say he lies, he stinks, attracts flies.

    But you know, Gonzo won't go, he's in the know. He'll steal the show, smirk and jab, maybe do some more blow.

    "Don't you see, if they get me, they'll leave nothing be! They'll poke and prod Cheney and Bush will nod, Karl Rove will plant no more sods."

    Yes, it is just that lame. Don't you dare say they're all the same, Gonzo isn't to blame. Maybe he's low man on the totem pole, firewall, wall flower at the ball, but don't worry, he's not that small.

    We see you Bush and it's time to fall.

    Stop, look, what's that sound?

    It's democracy run aground.

    Every body look what's going down, Alberto Gonzalez stole the town.

    King George won't take off his crown.

    It's not over it's just the start, soon ol' George won't need wiretaps to hear himself fart.

    Impeach the bums they deserve the heat, Gonzo is only the first tasty treat.

    Every body stop, look around, What's that sound?

    Look everybody, people are talking can it be, democracy has been found?

    August 9, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. Myron, Honolulu, HI

    Even rubber balls bounce when they hit bottom. This one had a little bounce, lets see where the next bottom lies.

    Merely because the friends of people say good things about the dead at funerals doesn’t mean that these speeches will last into the future. The majority of historians will remember Bush as a Constitutional Criminal. The facts continue while the emotions fade. Even serial killers in jail have some friends, pen pals and supporters. Many inmates get married!

    August 9, 2007 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. steve harris gig harbor, wa

    Oh yessss, I think his ignorant stubbornness, refusal to cooperate with our checks and balances, continuing this war of choice, and his blitheringly illiterate pronouncements certainly warrant a few point bump in his ratings 'among his own party'. Don't look for it anywhere else.

    August 9, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    No offense, Lance, but I think it's time to head back out to the waves.

    Surf's up, dude!

    August 9, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. Cape Town, South Africa

    A litte contribution from outside the US: Being obviously neither a Dem nor a Rep, I've noted while travelling around that the perspective of non-Americans of the US has become sharply more negative under Bush. I often think that supporters of the current administration underestimate the extent of this turnaround. Though excellent poetry, literature, physics, sociology, etc, etc, continue to be produced, continually – some of the best in the world, in breadth and depth – the administration makes it difficult for people to see and salute. Gary.

    August 9, 2007 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  19. DH

    For the most part, these comments are foolish if not ignorant.

    Patrick, David and Richard for you to say "UnAmerican, "nutty to be Baptist" "and rose colored glasses" is despicable. They are yet another example of our deteriorating society, the lack of reason and civility and the politics of personal destruction.

    You should be ashamed

    August 9, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. Alex Badme, Albuquerque, NM

    OOps bad news for the woefully pessamistic Eyeores of the US. Its much more fun to tear down the US from the inside out. Remember a time that we stood united. The 66% that continure to tear down our great country will bear the wrath of the negative through the next adminstrations. You'll be dissatisfied with Hillary too and then blame her that your car didn't start this morning, the big bad Hurricane Katrina, or the new weather pattern. Didn't rain on Jul 22 before?? Task some individual responsiblity and channel some of your time into improving the climate so Hillary can ride a wave up.

    August 9, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. Al, Miami, Fl

    President Bush is going to be remembered as one of the greatest presidents in the history of this country when all is set and done. As a veteran of this nation's great military, and deployed several times, i applaud the president for what he has done.
    Is funny that most people who hate the president because of the Iraq invasion are all, or mostly, civilians who have not served a day!! They all cry about "bing home the troops", when in reality the troops want to stay in Iraq and finish the job. I am not a republican nor democrat, but this president is taking the fight to the enemy.

    August 9, 2007 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. katwac Oakland calif

    DON: I cannot even find the words to express anything about your comments and my brain and my energy level say, "please don't waste our time" so....
    RICHARD: you are showing just what you must have added to your Koolaide with that crazy hit about Baptist???? What does that mean and what does it have to do with Bush/Cheny. I am a Baptist and I never voted for Bush/Cheny so what is up with what you said???? Obviously you are a Bush/Cheny lover and a disbliever in anything. As a 63 year old Baptist I say to you, GOD BLESS YOU!!

    August 9, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. J. Osborne, Lexington, KY

    President Bush is doing a good job and I will always support him and our troops. We say we have not forgotten 9/11 but the way some act and the things they say-I beleive some have

    August 9, 2007 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. M. Tapia, Riverside, CA

    Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.

    Benjamin Franklin

    August 9, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  25. MCD, San Francisco, CA

    This whole thing makes me laugh. So bush gained a few points... when would anybody in their right mind consider 36% of ANYTHING to be Good?!?!

    36% is dismal... just like the accomplishments of this admin.

    August 9, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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