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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soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. Maria, NV

    Hope he makes below 22%.

    April 11, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. AJ, IL

    If Bush's rating is 28%, what about Cheney?

    We still have 8 more months of Bush. If Bush and Cheney somehow launch military airstrikes against Iran, I believe that Bush's rating would go to 15%, the lowest of any president in US history!

    April 11, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. Jeff

    So only 28% of the population are dangerous maniacs who are supportive of destroying the United States? Any supporter of Bush is a loather of the United States of America.

    April 11, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  4. Roger R.

    Ther more he talks the less people believe him. He'd be better off never to come out of the White House.......... WHAT A LIAR!!!!!!!

    April 11, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  5. Linda

    This man has really messed this country up,and will leave it in a mess for the next president to try and fix- his problem he has left behind-just like his dad-dummie is as dummie does. Why SHOULD he care he has all the oil and money still racking in the money from these oil companies including his own oil & it's ashame that he is still others president not mines for sure-he needs to go now before he send our men to Iran to fight and China,for he is trying as we speak. He and his dad have been the worst two every to run this country. We need a serious change-whoever is president I pray we get out of this mess that Bush has Bushwacked us into, his approval rating will continue to go down look at the world as of now-no jobs,all going overseas,homes going,airplane companies going out of business,so what is next mr.president?

    April 11, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. Sandy - San Diego


    April 11, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. Neoconation

    I'm looking forward to John McCain being our next president. We will not let the Iraqi people down. They deserve democracy and we should not let our loss of jobs or poor economy get in the way. Even if our country goes bankrupt, we still have the strongest military. We must preserve democracy in Iraq and spread democracy to the rest of the middle east by whatever means necessary. It is our moral duty.

    April 11, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. proud army and navy mom

    Bush and his cohorts should be on trial for war crimes. at the least the idiot should be impeached. the 28% are from Tennessee

    April 11, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. Cathy

    To all the bloggers out there that say they will vote for McCain if their democratic candidate of choice doesn't win....Remember voting for McCain is voting for a Bush, Jr., Jr.!!!!

    So if McCain some how wins in November, we will only have people like you to point the finger at when the economic sinks lower and lower and people are jobless and homeless...and still have to pay $5.00 gal. for gas. Please be smart about your vote in November....not spiteful.

    Support The Democratic Party All The Way to The Oval Office!!!!

    April 11, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. dan

    He needs to be tried for war crimes.

    April 11, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  11. Jerome Woolfork

    All of this talk about what President Bill Clinton said about his wife Senator Hillary Clinton is all very interesting; maybe ten days ago! Why aren't the news channels talking about the story that broke this week about how Dick Cheney, George Tenet, Condaleeza Rice, John Ashcroft, and Rumsfeld sat in the White House and discussed how to torture prisoners? This my friends is the big story. It seems that no one wants to really open this can of worms on this "war president" and his corrupt staff. The American people need to know about this. I predict that this is only the beginning of what will be scandal after scandal. Please, someone at CNN do your research and let the people know more of what went on behind the scenes during the Bush administrations "war on terror"!

    April 11, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  12. Go Hillary


    April 11, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. Paul

    Time is on President Bush's side. He had the guts to stand tough when 3,ooo Americans were killed by islamic terrorists in N. Y. Too bad the democrats did not have the courage to help protect this country from future terroristic acts. All they and their Liberal bootlickers can do is find fault with Bushes actions in Iraq and at home. They Islamists have nothing but our destruction as a nation on their minds. Time will show who is right on this issue. President Bush or the Democratic liberals who would surrender our freedoms rather than exhibit a spine. I thank Pres. Bush fore taking the road he has.

    April 11, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. Darth Vadik, CA

    Army Vet,

    One vet (USMC) to another, I wish the Democrats would have been more obstruction-oriented, they NEVER (in the last 7 years) vetoed anthing, zero, Republicans got everything they wanted. Republicans always said up and down votes, dont be obstructionists, and the Democrats never were. I trully wish they were, maybe things would have been different.

    ...but then again a lot of the Democrats are acting spineless so you never know.

    April 11, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  15. Joe

    If you love Bush. Just vote John McCain and you can have eight more years of war and economic mismanagement. If your not quite ready to drink that Koolaid. Vote Bush Light (Hillery). The Clintons and Bush's are all in bed with the same corporate Lobby crooks and in the last twenty years the difference between each Clinton /Bush dynasty regime has been barely discernable.

    April 11, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  16. Steve

    Although I am not a fan of Bush, I love Tanya's quote :"he is a idiot" (sic) Hey Tanya, how about 'AN idiot.'
    But now my eyes are beginning to open. He is the opposite extreme (and no better) of these freaks backing Obama that will eviscerate anybody who is against him, including the Clintons.
    If Senator Clinton is not the nominee, I will happily cast my vote for John McCain who has numerous differences with GWB.
    Vote the person, not the party.
    Left-wing liberals: Always blaming someone else for their problems. Ha.

    April 11, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  17. Fed Up

    "Even if our country goes bankrupt, we still have the strongest military."

    You can't eat bullets, Neocon. What in the world will the military protect if our nation is a hollowed out shell? You are obviously amoung the 28% of Americans who are drinking the Bush Kool-Aid. Pathetic.

    April 11, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. WH

    I personally know 2 families that will be attending funerals of young soldiers from Ft. Hood that died in Iraq .................while GWB is in Crawford this weekned ............RELAXING.

    April 11, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  19. Moe, NY

    I am really surprised that his approval rating is that high. Is there no way he can be removed from office immediately? Obviously with the big money supporting him, impeachment will not happen. Hopefully, come November our country will be rid of the corrupt Republican machine.

    April 11, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. Bayou Joe

    Bush is not running for re-election. Big Deal

    McCain is not G.W. Bush.

    Not a single terrorist attack on U.S. Soil since 9/11

    Thank you President Bush.

    McCain will be our next president.

    Thank you Hillary and Rev. Wright

    April 11, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. keith Franklin, Tn

    Anone who stills stands behind the "decider"...er I mean the divider needs to count his or her gene pool.

    We need to elect some people to Congress to get things done. My area is represented by a very conservative Republican Marsha Blackburn who is campaigning on how she will continue to "fight" the Democrats every day. What kind of garbage is that when it comes to the voters in the district.

    Where is Bush's Brain????? Must be stuck up somebody's ---

    April 11, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  22. william walsh

    he should be hung with the rest of his administration for treason ,murder,lying, or remove himself from office and relocate out of this country,

    April 11, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. Mike

    Yes, I am afraid the Bush legacy may even be worse than Jimmy Carter who is stumbling around like a fool with Hamas right now trying to make sure that he goes down in history as the stupidist President.

    April 11, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  24. TIMEOUT!!2008

    Regardless of which party is hindering the other in Congress, this administration has caused a large amount of the problems that we face now. With McCain jumping on board with the President on so many issues, it will make the dishearten and disinfranchised voters vote Democrat. With the bloodbath in the Democratic race there will be no one left to fight the McCain continuation of bad policy. Clinton is as much to blame with NAFTA. So we have no jobs, no military, and soon no environment. Good luck to the next Prez, your two predecessors have made the White House a red light district with spurs.

    April 11, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  25. john nemeth

    I dont think he cares, nor does he care about his legacy. He has squeezed as much power and money as he could from the American people. His only concern was pleasing the corperations who finance the Halburton was... oh I mean the Iraq war.

    April 11, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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