December 13th, 2007
04:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Americans have dim view of Bush, Dem leadership

Americans have a bleak view of the president's job performance, according to a new CNN poll.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Americans share a bleak view of the job performances both of President Bush and of congressional Democratic leadership, according to a CNN poll released Thursday.

The president's approval rating in the poll, conducted Dec. 6 through Sunday by Opinion Research Corporation, was 32 percent, tying his all-time low rating from June.

Sixty-six percent disapproved of how Bush is handling his job, the poll found, about equal to the 65 percent early last month.

Only 15 percent said they approved "strongly" of how the president is handling his job, while nearly half, 49 percent, disapproved "strongly."

Democratic leaders in Congress enjoyed an approval rating only narrowly higher than the president's, with 39 percent of poll respondents saying they approve of what the Democratic leaders in the House and Senate have done so far this year. More than half - 56 percent - disapproved, the poll found.

Still, 53 percent of those polled said Democratic leadership is "good for the country," though that is down slightly from 58 percent in January, when when Democrats took control of Congress. The poll found that more than a third - 37 percent - said a Democratic-controlled Capitol Hill is "bad" for the country.

Pollsters interviewed 1,002 adult American adults by telephone for the survey, which had a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, except for questions pertaining to Democratic leadership. Those questions had a sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

The poll also found that 49 percent of Americans prefer the Democrats' approach to the federal budget, while 24 percent prefer Bush's approach. Twenty-three percent said they did not prefer either approach.

Both Bush and Congress have had low approval ratings from the public for more than a year. Bush's rating has been consistently below 40 percent during that time, and below 50 percent for more than 31 consecutive months - longer than any president since Harry Truman.

Approval for Congress has been mired in the middle to low 20s for the past year, with approval for Democrats higher. A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll taken Oct. 12-14 found 43 percent approval for House and Senate Democrats.

The sampling error was plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

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soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. George Pozzia, Los Angeles, CA

    Mr. Bush has done something that few would ever have thought possible. By comparison, he has made his Father, Bush SR. look like a
    fair president.

    December 14, 2007 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. Sarah, Kansas City, MO

    You have to remember that while Bush was a 'selected' president the first time, the second election he won (not with my help). Which means that some of the people who no longer like him, voted for him. It is too ad that the people who supported him could not see what the rest of us, who did not support him, have seen all along; an empty suit. 2009 can not come fast enough.

    December 14, 2007 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. Jay, Raleigh, NC

    Bush repeatedly insinuated that anyone who disagreed with his Iraq policy (and later his immigration policy) are traitors who hate America.

    Maybe that wasn't such a smart strategy for a man who has killed more Americans than Bin Laden.

    December 14, 2007 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Having a dim view of Democrats is naive. They may have more in numbers in Congress but enough to get anything done with the "bi-partisan claiming GOP."

    And as long as Jet-Pilot can veto, no Democratic programs will go anywhere.

    The GOP does for bi-partisan politics and cooperation what joe Hazelwood did for inland waterway navigation skills.

    December 14, 2007 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  5. Hooligan, Everywhere, America

    Per Reuters, International:

    Bush approval rating overseas is at 6%!

    December 14, 2007 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. greg, ft collins, co

    When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice.
    But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.
    Proverbs 29:2

    December 14, 2007 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |


    December 14, 2007 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  8. Mike Bilotti, Erie, PA

    One simple fact for all you Bush lovers.... He has voilated the Constitution, in some cases destroyed the Constitution, and has broken international law. Bush is a criminal. I could go on for days more about the rest of his crap performance, but the above is simply a fact without dispute.

    December 14, 2007 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  9. Ed Orlando Fl

    As an old timer [always democrat] i am beginning to believe that the winning of the house and senate has been the worst victory this country has had in my life time of 78years. I can not believe the disaster that speaker Pelosi and majority leader Reid have brought to the Democratic party. They have been made into absolute fools by the minority GOP. The best thing that can happen now is for them to resign there positions and try to hold there seats in there respective states.They have proved that they are incapable of any type of management of the congress.For the country's sake give it up so we have a chance at retaining the majority for what that is worth. The Repubs are making you two look like absolute fools.You two could not run anything succesfully.What a dissapointment.

    December 14, 2007 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  10. Indy in AZ

    These people really must take us for idiots! For 7 years, GW has his way with a Republican dominated legislative branch of government, and look at the pile we find ourselves in after all the rubber stamping that went on. In 2006, the Dems were given a majority, albeit weak, to bring about some changes. There is something still not working and that is our government to get things done for the good of the American people. We need to be very demandng of those that have been hired to do the work of the people. At times I wonder, if we are not to blame for this mess.

    December 14, 2007 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  11. AM Ashby, Phoenix, AZ

    Jesus wept.
    Posted By H. Woodall

    What does a long dead Jewish preacher have to do with our Government?

    Where, exactly, is this Jesus fellow mentioned in the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence??

    December 14, 2007 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  12. Larry q, Modesto CA

    Bush with a RepubliCON block has held America hostage, while war drags on, wages fall, energy skyrockets, Bush vetos ANYTHING not to his liking WITHOUT compromise – nice touch, vetos Child Health Care, then sends Laura and the Dogs to visit the hospital – sell'm out for a photo-op – SOP Bush Admin . . . Katrina, Osama, 9/11, Mission to Mars . . . et al WORST EVER!!!!

    December 15, 2007 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  13. Michael DeGrace, Palm Springs, Ca.

    Bush said anyone who disagreed with him was anti-American. I did and am not anti-American but I am anti-Bush and loathe him and his family and everything the GOP stands for. A year from now we won't have to see this dreadful "leader" again... he won't travel outside of Texas because for the first time in his life he will be facing nothing but BOOS!!!!!!!!

    December 15, 2007 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  14. Jose Card

    I have to pay President Bush my respect for being the role model for recovering alcoholics from around the country.

    It's not easy. If you think you are smarter than he is, you should be able to quit "all that".

    December 15, 2007 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  15. Troy,Port Orange Florida

    This gets my Blood Boiling. First of all I am a very strong democrat.I hate
    Bush..yes Hate him. I can see his rating where it is because he is a very
    bad President. I can't wait until 01-20-09.. Now as far as the Democratic Congress goes it is very hard to get any thing done when you have a Republican President.. I could care less what the Democratic Congress ratings are. I am just glad we have a Democratic Congress. I love every democrat we have in Washington. What we need is a Democrat President to go along with a Democratic Congress...then
    we will see washington work like it should.. Some of us do want out of Iraq
    but that will not happen until a D is next to the next President.

    December 15, 2007 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. Gera NYC NY

    Polls always give the numbers for the president,the congress as a whole and the Democrats in Congress. Ever wonder why they don't poll the numbers for the Republicans in Congress since they are essentially the stumbling block preventing anything substantive from even getting to the President?

    December 15, 2007 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  17. Mari

    Hmmm, Actually I am surprised that Bush's approval rating is that high. Amazing how folks blame the Democrats for the mess in Washington but please remember folks, The Democrats have only a slim margin in the Senate and not all that great of a margin in the House. Even so, folks posting that the President's poll numbers are higher than the Democrats in Congress either are drinking the hard stuff or they are not truth tellers. All this House and Senate problems show us, (even this Republican, that to save our nation we must SEND A FAR GREATER NUMBER OF DEMOCRATS TO CONGRESS SO THEY CAN CLEAN HOUSE IN DC!!!!!

    December 16, 2007 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  18. Pike Thomas, Bossier City LA

    The Bush Administration, now almost universally excoriated, has set us on a path difficult to reverse.

    First, the world believes WE are the enemy now. Due to the unconscionable meddling in areas we did not understand, Mr Bush et al. haqve brought us to the precipice of attempting to police the entire world. The Iraq fiasco – an unjust war, if ever there was one – will be an albatross to us for some time to come.

    Second,. pandering to the most ignorant know-nothings, it has sponsored doublespeak and hucksterism.
    Thinking folk have been relegated to the edges of action unless they bought into the blatant partisanism of the day.

    Third, they have expanded without accountability the very areas of government most resistant to reversal, the defense establishment and the political lobby.

    Fourth, they have bruised us by tampering with the freedoms we hold dear, especially as to the rights of the citizenry to freedom from government prying.

    These things this administration did from its first days, not only after 9/11. Woe is us...... The end is near, hallelulah!

    December 16, 2007 05:25 am at 5:25 am |
  19. Kristy Sanborn, Buckhorn, Mo.

    'P' tampa fl,
    No, I am not family, and dont' have any interest in the oil, but I am part of the 15% even though we all know these polls are so put on!

    December 16, 2007 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  20. Paul C, Palmetto Bay, FL

    The 15% who strongly approve of Bush proves that you can fool some of the people all of the time.
    History will record Bush as the worse president in our history and it will take generations of good, hardworking Americans to overcome the damage.

    December 17, 2007 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  21. Ann ME

    Aaron Smithsburg, Maryland – All your talk of violence appears to attached itself to you too. Listen to yourself for a minute.

    December 17, 2007 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  22. Steve Tomson, Portsmouth NH

    Impeach Cheney, Impeach Bush, and then Impeach Pelosi.

    December 20, 2007 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. Shirley

    We should impeach him. Start an new investigation into 9/11 not allowing any of bush's friends or anyone in skull and bones to be involved in investigation. In fact anyone in skull and bones to be fired from the whitehouse. I truely feel they all are involved in this. Bush want the power to do as he wishes as a dictator and he gave himself this power. The north american union wow he has thrown our rights out the window.
    I voted for this liar satanist and was fooled becauce I listen to Pat Robertson. I never will listen to that liar again as well. Check out 700 club news and you wont see anything about Bush and skull and bones. Uhmmm is that wired? the watch dog for christian didnt alert them to the one they ask us to vote for is in skull and bones,

    January 2, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
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