August 15th, 2007
12:40 PM ET
13 years ago

Poll: Majority calls Bush, Congress a 'failure'

The American people give failing marks to both Bush and Congress.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The American people seem to be in a bad mood when it comes to evaluating President Bush and the Democratically-controlled Congress, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll indicates.

According to the poll, 57 percent of Americans deem Bush's presidency a "failure," while 55 percent say the same for the Democratic Congress. Meanwhile, 40 percent call Bush's presidency a success, while only 37 percent give that mark to Congress. (Full poll results [PDF])

It’s not all bad news for Democrats. By a 48 to 35 percent margin, Americans say they have more confidence in the Democrats than in Bush to deal with the major issues facing the country today. Confidence in the Democrats has, however, dropped six points since a similar poll in November. (Watch CNN's Bill Schneider analyze the lastest poll numbers)

“The public clearly doesn't like what it sees coming out of Washington these days,” explains CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Most Americans think the Bush presidency is a failure; most say the Democratic Congress has been a failure this year as well.”

“But politics is a zero-sum game,” notes Holland. “Voters wind up having to choose one side or the other. The good news for the Democrats is that Americans still have more confidence in them than in Bush. The bad news: the number who have more confidence in the Democrats has dropped since last year, and is now under 50 percent.”

The poll, conducted August 6-8, includes interviews of 1,029 Americans and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Congress • President Bush
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Pamela Jewett Reno, Nevada

    Paper tigers(Democrats) and a sinking ship(Republicans).
    God help us!

    August 15, 2007 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Neill C.

    What can we say about Clinton? We can say he gave nuclear material to NK and a 1996 Senate report said NK was building nukes. Albright admmited that. We can say Clinton had three chances at Bin Laden and never took them – he admiited that. There was no surplus – key people from his administration admitted that. Unconsitutional spying on political opponents – remember how Hillary claimed she lost them for a year and then found them on the coffee table? Yeah, Clinton was a great President.

    August 15, 2007 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. spinstopper

    Historians are just going to love Bush II. After all, what can you say about Clinton? When he left office, the USA was at it's zenith in every measure.
    –Posted By Bill Evanikoff,

    History already states that the recession started in late 2000, Clinton's last year in office. It also says that the recession was mainly the result of a consumer confidence collapse due to exuberant stock pricing and over taxation policies. Yeah, thats history. Try watching the nonpartisan documentaries sometimes, reality is better than fiction..

    August 15, 2007 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. al, San Francisco, CA

    George Bush is a failure, period.

    On the other hand, the Congress is considered a "failure" because it has failed to change George Bush on issues (e.g., Iraq withdrawal), because of his veto power, etc.

    The americans can only blame themselves in electing George Bush to be president in 2000 and 2004.

    August 15, 2007 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. Patricia, Maryland

    Let's not forget that Congress has been controlled by Democrats only since January. In all the years of the Bush administration in which Republicans controlled Congress, nothing was done about this country's problems. It was pure negligence and cronyism. Moreover, the Republicans controlled Congress when Clinton was in the White House, and they did nothing but try to impeach him. Again, total negligence. We need people running the federal government who can tackle real-time practical problems faced by Americans everyday. No denials, no "moral" blather, no kickbacks, no sweetheart contracts paid for by taxpayers. It's going to take years to get us out of the hole that Bush and his handlers have dug for us.

    August 15, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. Tim M., St. Louis, MO

    Why would anyone give any credence to comments made by W's "mentor"? It is obvious that Karl Rove was given a White House position to attack and denigrate Bush's opposition.

    It is clear, as well, that Rove is running from his position–and the continued scrutiny of Congress.

    Bush and Rove and the polls are not to be believed.

    August 15, 2007 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. Chris Kankakee,IL

    So someone who wants to go after people
    who believe this:
    Verse 9:123 – "Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you."
    Verse 47:3"When you meet the unbelievers in the battlefield strike off their heads and, when you have laid them low, bind your captives firmly."
    Verse 48:29 – "Muhammad is Allah's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another."
    Verse 66:9 – "Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites, and deal sternly with them. Hell shall be their home, evil their fate."
    verse 5:17 – "Unbelievers are those who declare: 'God is the Messiah, the son of Mary.'"
    verse 5:51 – "Believers, take neither the Jews nor the Christians for your friends. They are friends with one another."
    Verse 4:101 – "The unbelievers are your inveterate foe.
    Bush is a fool huh, not going after them is foolish.
    By the way Ron Paul the war is not unconstitutional they declared war on us.

    August 15, 2007 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. Dave, Oakland, CA

    Well seeing as how the only great accomplishments of the Demorcratic party during this time period was filibustering every piece of legislation they didn't particularly like, please do tell me how the Democrats are any better?

    Get over it, they are all politicians and both sides are screwed up. I am sick of either side acting like the other is the problem with this country. Just because your the one pointing the finger doesn't make you any more innocent.

    August 15, 2007 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. Larry Davis, Longview, WA

    Saying "the Democratic Congress has been a failure" only measures people's opinion of what has been accomplished. It would be much more meaningful to ask "who do you blame for the failure of the Congress, the Democrats or the Republicans". Most people like what the Democrats are trying to accomplish and see how their lack of a veto proof majority hinders their progress. So believing the Congress has been a failure is not the same thing as believing the Democrats have been a failure. Why not ask the relevant questions if you're going to bother to poll at all?

    August 15, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  10. Mrs. Smith, San Diego CA

    WAKE UP PEOPLE – especially those who got worked up and posted on this topic. NOTICE ONLY 1,029 PEOPLE TOOK PART IN THIS POLL!!! That means nothing, you can't read anything from only 1,000 people, come on folks, don't be so quick to jump...

    August 15, 2007 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. xtina chicago IL

    I think these polls are generally answered by people who are dissatisfied w/ their own lives, so they're saying it's the "government's fault". There's a lot of misdirected anger out there. Every day it's another person in the admininstration they're after. I love reading the comments on the blogs, but I don't wake up and think "Oh, that Karl Rove, he's really ruining my life!"

    August 15, 2007 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  12. David, Salinas, CA

    I wonder if there’s an overlap between those who don’t believe in polls and those who don’t believe in evolution. The sorry state of science education has left us with a populace who refuses to face facts. A lack of basic statistic skills explains why people play the lottery, or fear shark attacks more than driving on the freeway.

    Polls are SAMPLES. You take a small scoop of flour out of the barrel and see if it’s got bugs in it. Of course there’s a margin of error, but scientific polling is still a highly accurate way of testing public opinion. Polls don’t guarantee that Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination, but they give you a pretty good idea that Mike Gravel won’t.

    Oh, and for the record, I was called by a national poll a few years ago. But I’ve never been bit by a shark.

    August 15, 2007 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  13. Ora Titus, South Brunswick, NJ

    I agree.............a big fat F. For the two terms that Americans went dark!

    August 16, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Jessh what a goof ball. Bush with a five finger wave holding the only pal he has left, His Dog.

    Even the Dog looks smarter than his master! And that certainly doesn't give much credit to the Canine.

    August 16, 2007 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  15. mike coarsegold, cal

    And a big fat F for the two terms 1992-2000.

    August 17, 2007 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
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