April 11th, 2008
04:49 PM ET
12 years ago

Bush approval rating hits all time low

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(CNN)— With the economic outlook looking dim and the continued war in Iraq, President Bush’s job approval rating hit an all time low Friday, according to a just released poll.

The latest Gallup poll shows the president’s approval dropped to 28 percent, the lowest of his eight years in office.

The survey, which questioned 1,021 adults between April 6 and 9, with a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percent, found the decrease came largely because of Democratic and Independent dissatisfaction with his administration. Only 6 percent of Democrats questioned and 24 percent of Independents had a favorable opinion of President Bush, with about two-thirds support coming from Republicans.

The new estimate marks one of the lowest approval ratings any president has seen since World War II, with the exception of Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon and Harry Truman, who all had a mid 20 percent approval rating in their final years in office. The all time lowest presidential approval rating was 22 percent in 1952 during Harry Truman’s final year in office, who like President George W. Bush dealt with problems related to the economy and an unfavorable war.

Bush’s approval ratings have hovered around the low 30 percent range since July of 2007. It reached a high of 90 percent in 2001, just days after the September 11 attacks.

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  1. Chuck in Oregon


    Sorry this is just too funny, but on the other hand very sad in another way. I think Bill is just trying to take everyones mind off the Mr Penn and his own personal NAFTA dealings which will have a strong impact on the PA primary.

    April 11, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. Uncle Sam

    And yet still much higher than that of Congress.

    April 11, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. Latina Here

    Obama said this Sunday and Media didn't pick it up!!!"Obama on small-town PA: Clinging religion, guns, xenophobia

    Huffpo's Mayhill Fowler has more from Obama's remarks at a San Francisco fundraiser Sunday, and they include an attempt to explain the resentment in small-town Pennsylvania that won't be appreciated by some of the people whose votes Obama's seeking:

    You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them...And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.

    And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
    That's a pretty broad list of things to explain with job loss."

    April 11, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. Frank, San Diego

    The surprising thing is that 28% of the population is still so clueless.

    April 11, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Bush's recent position on the war sure didn't help and he doesn't seem to care. He plans to dump this mess on the next president and bring their rating down so he can save face, but it won't work. We'll never forget who created this mess.

    April 11, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  6. Toni

    I've been trying to remember what Hillary's staunch supporters remind me of. No matter what comes up, they tell everyone else to shut-up, or say Obama's support doesn't matter, or try to counter a proven Hillary lie with yet another tirade about Wright ... I got it; it's Bush's self-righteous 20-something-percent loyalists who'd never desert "The Decider." Fascinating.

    April 11, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. Key West Sun

    Dang, another month or 2 and he will be as low as the congress.

    April 11, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. Darth Vadik, CA

    Uncle Sam,

    the only reason the congress has a lower approval rating is because of obsrtuctionist Republicans.

    April 11, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. Gorbashov, Long Beach, Ca.

    And it will continue going lower as his failed foreign and economic policies continue to take our great nation in the wrong direction.

    This corrupt criminal enterprise will go down as the worst administration in modern times.

    Yeah, it's just a coincidence that Big Oils lap dog is in the White House and oil prices are five times higher than when this incompetent bunch entered the White House.

    Obama/Nunn in 2008

    April 11, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. Darth Vadik, CA

    Dick Cheney: So.....!

    April 11, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. Tanya K

    DUH, HE IS A IDIOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 11, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. Walter

    Uncle Sam misses the point again.

    Most of the people who disapprove of Congress do so because they haven't impeached Bush.

    April 11, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Frank, Missouri

    28% ???

    Who is THAT ? Who is still supporting Bush besides McCain ?

    April 11, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. Army Vet

    Darth Vadik

    HMMM I guess when the Libs were the Obstructionists it was alright with you. So spiteful, and misguided

    April 11, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. Will in Virginia


    April 11, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  16. Shawn - GA

    I still believe greatly that history will paint the past decade or so in a much different way than most would think. Do not think for a second that we know even 10% of what is really going on in the world beyond our own front doors of our houses.

    April 11, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. Renee

    Bush rating is very low and McCain will be more of the same if elected. So please Democratics let us stop the fighting and let us come together and let the people vote and who ever get the nom let us please rally around Hilliary or Obama and let 's stop this. We are Democratics who want to win the Election and take the White House Back. Please let us stop this fighting Hilliary will make a good President and Obama will make a good President.

    April 11, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  18. No Bush

    I bet he doesn't even know what approval rate is and what does it mean. He probably thinks it is some type of candy found only in Texas.

    April 11, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. ron

    The guy has his head in the sand. People are having hard times making it, and he bails out Wall Street big rollers. DUH

    April 11, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. wiscon

    It's too bad that he got so much negative press. Why didn't we ever hear about how great he was when he pulled us out of a recession early in his first term. Our economy was great for the next six years, but we never really heard about that. I've done pretty good, and I'm just a forklift driver. He's a great leader that sticks to his ideas no matter what the popular idea is at the time. He doesn't take a poll to make a decision. He's a man of convictions and beliefs. Unlike many other politicians that fool us every day and tell us what we want to hear. Like our wonderful congress.

    April 11, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. Kris In Atlanta

    I thought the theme was Bush's unpopularity-not "attack Obama". George Bush has given a new meaning to the word imcompetence. He has single-handedly erased a budget surplus, pushed us into war, driven our gas prices into the stratosphere, reduced morale in both our military and in our communities, allowed illegal immigration to go from a serious problem to a national security crisis, and has presided over what may be the most corrupt, scandal prone administration since Nixon resigned-or perhaps before. And McCain has held his hand all the way. And his supporters are like lambs going to the slaughter-but dumber. Obama lacks experience, that's a given. But George Bush ran on experience a few years ago and look what we ended up with. Obama for president because he is for ALL Americans.

    April 11, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  22. NickNas

    Just goes to show you that these 9-11 wave riding Politicians had nothing else to offer. Don't forget that the day BEFORE 9-11 his numbers were ALSO Dismal. Bet ya forgot THATone huh?

    April 11, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  23. maynard

    if bush did something about the oil crisis his rating would go up..

    HINT take the demergers of oil wells in the USA and start pumping

    oil. This would reduce the demand on foreign oil thus lowering the

    price at the pump and stop the recession Only if the president

    used his excutive power. but folks this makes to much sense to do

    this and bush is runing the show.

    April 11, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  24. Heidi - Columbus, OH

    All I know is that I am very thankful that I have a job at this time. Additionally, I have had to pick up a part-time job mainly for gas and increase in grocery costs, etc. It must be nice to sit "up there" and watch all of us "down here" scurry to scrap and save any morsel we get our hands on. The economy is being effected in every way possible with regard to the gas prices. I don't understand why he (Bush) doesn't get it, obviously, because nothing is being done about it. And evidentally, 82% of my fellow American's don't get it either. It's a very sad time and I can only hope tomorrow or maybe the next, it will be a little better.

    April 11, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  25. KiloWhiskey - Denver

    Name calling aside, both the low rating of the president and lower ratings of the congress indicate that, as a whole, people are pretty fed up with politics as usual. The sad thing is that our memories are so short that we forget about it and vote the same type of people in again.

    This country needs to start thinking for itself again instead of letting the media, politician, and even Mr. Whipple the Charmin squeezer do it for them. Thinking is work people, but if you don't start you'll be crying even harder later.

    April 11, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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