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. Cathy

    Bayou Joe and for all the people who insist on bringing up Rev. Wright, I would put money on it that you have never listened to the full 40 minute sermons but only basing your opinion on the two minute sound bites. So, I challenge you to go listen to the FULL sermons (Confusing God and Government and The Day of Jerusalem’s Fall). After you have listened to the sermons then tell me where the hate is because there is no hate in those sermons. I am so tired of people commenting on something they only have only two minutes of knowledge. Those sound bites DO NOT reflex the true meaning of the sermons. Go listen to them....

    Educate and inform yourself instead of relying on CNN and YouTube to give you all the facts.

    April 11, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. An Agnostic Democrat

    At the rate she's going with her negative perception by the public, Hillary should be joining him real soon! They deserve each other.

    April 11, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  3. Different day Same Ole Spin

    It should be lower than that. If his children were in Iraq, he would be a bit more mindful of his decisions to that regard.

    The war is an eyesore around our necks and our Armed Forces and economy can't take it any more. Come on Democratic Commander in Chief, we the people need some relief!!!!

    April 11, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. Steve

    Yes, there is no denying that this is a really low approval rating and lots of people are unhappy with Bush's presidencies. But, it is very interesting that the media does not report the fact that the congress' overall approval rating is 22%. And guess which party is in the majority in congress? Evidentally, Americans are just fed up with politicians in general.

    April 11, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. Jan 2009 The end of an error

    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

    You are kidding right? Because it is hard to fathom how anyone could be this stupid

    April 11, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. Tejano

    Tejanos support G.W. Bush and will support either Hillary or McCain
    but not Obama.

    Tejanos are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan so that you can sleep better at night and only worry about how you are going to screw up the country if Idol Obama gets into the Whitehouse.

    April 11, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. Gorbashov, Long Beach, Ca.


    "Even if we go bankrupt, we still have the strongest military"!

    That has got to be one of the dumbest statements I have ever heard or seen, and I've seen plenty.


    April 11, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. Sharon Minnesota

    Unpopularity with the public is not an American president's most pressing problem. Rather, juggling major world issues without blowing up the whole world is forefront in this job.

    Most of our presidents, in the end, share the same fate as George W. Bush. Everybody hates me nobody loves me. Plus they age with lightening speed in the few years they are in office. The American pastime of bashing everyone and anyone is unflattering and ugly to the whole world.

    Are you a proud American? I'm not a Bush fan but so help me, I think most of the extreme critizism is unnecessary.

    Start praying for Hillary right now

    April 11, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  9. Stan the Man

    History will not be kind...

    April 11, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. True Patriot

    This president has lead our nation into the ground. Right now I would rather have Al Gore be elected. Oh wait I mean be president. He was already elected.

    April 11, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  11. Steve

    Think that Obama will do a better job fighting for the common folk? Read this quote from Barack at a speech in San Fransisco:

    "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."

    Yeah, that should get the Pennsylvania voters fired up for Obama!

    April 11, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  12. Ralph

    Even lower than it was?

    April 11, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    Awash in a sea of banality,
    lost in the ocean of mediocrity.
    Adrift in waters of tepidity,
    and flooded by serendipity.

    April 11, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  14. El Queso Grande

    Bush's rating in an opinion poll hits all time low.

    Gee, that would really mean something if polls actually mattered for anything. A public opinion poll and four bucks will get you a latte at Coffeebucks.

    Wise up kids, the only poll that matters is the one held on election day, inside the voting booth. Everything else is simply wasted energy.

    April 11, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. George

    At least 19 terrorist attacks thwarted, from the shoe bomber to the guys who were going to go after Ft. Dix. Funny how THAT never gets mentioned.

    If they're busy fighting our well-trained soldiers over there, they won't be killing our whiny, non-president approving citizens over here.

    Thank you to our military for sacrificing so we can have free speech.

    Like your forefathers in Vietnam, Korea, WW2 and WW1, Spanish-American War, Mexico, the Civil War, the War of 1812, the Revolutionary War and scores of smaller conflicts too numerous to list here, you will not be forgotten.

    April 11, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  16. Don, PHX

    The people of this nation voted for Bush.................... TWICE.

    The people now get pretty much what they deserve.

    Uninformed voters = A weak & failing nation.

    But it's NOT too late......................................... We are the future.

    April 11, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. david

    thats what we need, a guy who values his own opinion more than the will of the people... whose grand-children will be paying for this tyrants mess for years!! way to go!!!

    April 11, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  18. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    28%!!! I can't believe that he is even that high! Then again, that number probably represents the top 33% income earners in the county and even then, not all of them like Bush!

    April 11, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  19. brian

    Army Vet,

    And using words like LIBS to describe one side of congress is so not spiteful and misguided?

    Do some fact checking and you will see that this republican minority is already the most obstructionist in modern congressional history.

    April 11, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. TIMEOUT!!2008


    Having a strong military has some basic needs that requiire funding. That funding comes from tax payers. Tax payers who are losing jobs, homes, and watching gas and grocery price soar. As an independent voter, I see good and bad in each of the parties. Bush I, Hill-Billy, and Bush II, have been one bad administration after another. What Clinton did do is get the economy back on its feet. Unfortunately the NAFTA and other trade deals late in his administration have cost our country more than most of us can fathom.

    Yes I think this country needs change and I do not see that out of Johnny MC or the sequel of Hill-Billy. That leaves Obama. Our hands as a nation are tied to one of these three for the next four years.

    Obama certainly can not do worse.

    April 11, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  21. Trevor - Wisconsin

    Lets see here worst approval rating seen sence Nixon, Hover, and all the other bad presidents. What they all have in common with President Bush

    All republicans

    April 11, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |

    And still there are some idiots who will vote for the ex-pow, what a bunch of garbage eaters, ´nough said......they are the ones who should be sent to fight the has-never-been war hero.

    April 11, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  23. Chris in Va.

    Thank you Mr. President for eight great years!!!! (If you consider an unwinnable war with over 4000 Americans dead, loss of millions of jobs, $4.00 per gallon gasoline, a recession, trillions of dollars of debt to the communist Chinese, record trade deficeits, being the laughing stock of the world, loss of super-power status great.)

    April 11, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  24. brian

    Bayou Joe,

    Your argument about an attack on US soil is so lame.

    The Japanese haven't attacked since Pearl Harbor...

    April 11, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  25. Mr. Fiesta

    We have had a wonderful economy for the last 7 years. It seems that most of you have you forgotten that already. Hmmm. Democratic Congress, economy starting to suffer.....coincidence? Darth Vadick, thank you for protecting our country but Congress doesn't veto anything. Obama or Hillary in the White House? Say good bye to security and your rights. God help us all.

    April 11, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
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