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. joe

    not a single jet engine has fallen off the plane, thru someone's house for years.... i'll take credit for that .. before W does...

    April 11, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. Robbin

    Hey everyone – part of the 28% are Uncle Sam and Wiscon. we were all wondering who on earth they were and what they are thinking-there you go

    April 11, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  3. Chris from San Antonio

    I didn't realize 28% of America either owns Halliburton and Exxon stock or is currently living in a cave.

    April 11, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  4. The Dude

    Neoconation, I hope that was sarcasm, otherwise you don't have a clue.

    You said "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." And that is a load of crap.

    It is not our moral duty to spread our way of thinking to the rest of the world. This is the kind of thinking that has ruined prospering civilizations in the past. We went to Iraq, and got rid of the tyrant. That should have been enough.

    The reason islamic terrorism exists in the first place is because they are upset about the western culture and our influence in the middle east. That is not the sort of thing we can fight and win. Have you seen Batman Begins? You can't kill an idea. And in this situation, the "idea" is radical islam. Those people are upset because we are there, and a continued occupation there will result in more violence.

    Also, you same conservatives who say that it's our "moral obligation" to be in Iraq completely ignore other parts of the world. There are governments in Africa that are far more oppresive and vile then Saddam. Yet, nobody gets riled up about it because they don't have any oil to offer us. Republicans use morality and Christianity to justify this war, which is very hypocritical if you ask me.

    Furthermore, I saw a video of Dick Cheney from before he was VP, and he said that occupation of Iraq qould be a complete quagmire, and it would be impossible for us to acomplish anything there if we took out Saddam's government. Look for the clip yourself, or just catch a rerun of this week's "The Root Of All Evil."

    April 11, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  5. James

    George W. Bush 50 years from now will be remembered as the best environmental President since T. Roosevelt. Why you ask?

    1) After decades of tree-hugging liberals trying to reduce gasoline usage by raising gas to $5/gallon, it looks like GWB has done it (bless his heart). We finally are getting a change in the way cars are built and driven thanks to the crushing price of gas.
    2) By crashing the value of the dollar, we can't import junk from overseas because our currency won't even buy imported bubble gum. Score one for George!
    3) Finally, by devastating the credit market he has final wrung the life out of Americas rampant consumerism.

    It took a thoroughly incompetent buffoon to bring the American economy to its knees, hence choking off cash of the biggest polluter on the planet.

    -Greens for Bush (one of the 28% sort of)

    April 11, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  6. EBJ in metro Houston

    I always get a kick out of people who say we haven't had a single terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 911...hey terrorist aren't STUPID, they are not going to attack you when you're ready for it to happen. With Bush's ratings so low what I wonder is who are the ones that still actually support him and why they do. Except for his family and cabinet and a few right wing talk show host, who are these 20 some percent. Maybe they should do a poll on that!

    April 11, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  7. gabe


    YOU ARE NOT GOING TO WIN IN 2008. Face it, you're going to complain for another 8 years like little babies that want everything given to them for free.

    I wonder if the demographics of who votes for each party mean anything... hmmmm

    Vote for democrats =
    low income scrubs
    overpaid union workers

    wow, what a smart group of voters. Wonder why democrats don't win? Got to think that there's a few of us out there that don't fit into this category of fools that vote blindly based on their social status.

    Clearly McCain is going to win this election. SHUT UP DEMOCRATS and watch your msnbc....

    April 11, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  8. Mike

    Lower than Lincoln during the civil war.

    However president Obama will beat that low approval rating with an even lower one.

    He has hyped up his people so much that there is no other place but for his popularity to go but down.

    April 11, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. HD

    I want to know where all of those vehicles are that were sporting those "W" bumper stickers a few years ago..........thanks a lot to all of you with the "W" stickers.

    April 11, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  10. lynette

    Latina here did you blog to the wrong article? This is about bush's rating– gosh people at least read the caption!

    April 11, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  11. Tim T.

    George, it's never too late to resign.

    April 11, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  12. Jim - Philadelphia

    Much lower and we will hit his IQ.

    April 11, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  13. Herman LA, CA

    Bush should not even be in the news, can you say


    Obama 08!!!

    April 11, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  14. Darth Vadik, CA

    I wonder if an actual chimp would have done a better job than this chimp we have now?

    April 11, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  15. Rosalind

    George Bush's approval rating should be at zero. That fact that there are Americans who still support him is just incredibly pitiful.

    April 11, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  16. lynette

    bayou joe now if only we could get you to sign up for the army to go to Iraq and defend their new freedom and ours what a great hero you would be, hey let us know how that works out for you, we definitly need this war to defend America, 81 percent believe it. No?

    April 11, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  17. Ryan P.

    If George W. Bush can be compared to a stock, then I would bet that it will be Bear Stearns that was bought out for $2 or maybe $10. Way to go Mr. President. You have done well in your administration only in backward!!!!

    April 11, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  18. Veronica in Richmaond, VA.

    Jack, forget about GW, he forgot about us years ago. I want to talk about Hillary's NEW after 5pm attack on Sen. Obama, will this woman PLEASE STOP THE LIES!!!!!! She know PA is a dream she won't get. This is another Friday night kitchen sink move. What a sick woman, she pulls this crap every time a Big State is about to vote. Have she NO SHAME? I'm so sick of the Clinton's and they're B.S.! Clinton's go AWAY & Never return, please!

    April 11, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  19. jd

    Will November ever come. Obama/08

    April 11, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  20. Darth Vadik, CA

    Bayou Joe,

    4000 service men and women dead and still dying....
    30000+ service men and women wounded and still being wounded....
    Crashing housing market...
    Illegal wiretapping...
    Gas prices are over 3.50+ (3.99 this morning where I live)...

    Yes, thank you Mr. Bush and thank you Bush's puppet McCain.

    April 11, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  21. Lou

    why are the republicans even bothering to run this year. they should save their money for the next cycle.

    April 11, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  22. hillwho

    You think Democrate can do a better job ? Look at New Jersey, its all Democrate, Gov, Senate majority, Major ....etc guess what, sales tax raise, toll following soon, under table deal, its all corruption, check them out yourself, you know what I mean. And what is the rating of the Democratic lead House/Senate ? Are they higher than Bush rating ? Choose Hillary, you will regret down the road.

    April 11, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  23. Brendose, Oceanside CA

    28% of the population must be related to Bush

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

    Bush who? I can see Mc Cain having this low rating if he is elected as President? 100 yrs of war, recession, bomb bomb bomb Iran! God help us all if this happens! I'm way out here!

    April 11, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  25. La Bomb ba

    So What's the News about Bush not being so liked anymore???

    April 11, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
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