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. jeremy

    should this be a surprise?

    McCain is just Bush light Ric....

    Obama will change the way our government does business, not some GOP crony of George Bush.

    April 11, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  2. Sonia CA

    It does not surprise me a bit, 28%............ that is his family!!!
    let's remember, he promised the country CHANGE......we had many changes, except they were the WRONG ONES, he called himself UNITER...........instead we are more DIVIDED than EVER!!!
    How could you people elected twice??????????? STILL DON'T GET IT

    April 11, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. The Dude

    I think it's funny, CNN, that you filter out comments that have actual points in them, yet you let all of the comments that have nothing to do with anything through. Here was my original comment that got censored. I bet you'll censor this one, as well.


    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 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  4. JOHN


    April 11, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  5. maria

    This is the worst president, but he has had help from the news media. They do not stress the most detrimental things this administration has done and said ( reason for invading another country, Cheney saying " so" when told the American people disagree with the way this country is being run, etc). This administration has mistreated, deceived, and destroyed its people and the foundation of this country. Mistreated and failure to protect its millitary, hurricane, fire, tornado and flood victims This mortage crisis is not just ignorant people who purchased homes they couldn't afford – look whose profiting? The airline industry figure if the banks can claim bankruptcy so can they, Watch and see. The oil company have showed them how to get whatever they want. Who is going to stop them? Not Bush.
    I believe this president has been survelliancing the Congress long before tax paying Americans. Why do you think they don't fight back, Congress gives Bush everything he wants.
    This man show be impeached and if not by our weak representatives then when his administration is FINALLY out of office they should all be arrested and tried for war crimes and inhumanity to man.

    April 11, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. Conan

    When it gets to 21 we all yell BLACKJACK!!!!!

    April 11, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  7. Conan

    Funny how folks call him an idiot seeing that he managed to go to Yale and become President.

    I'd love to see what the folks who do call him an idiot have done with their lives......

    April 11, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  8. Knox

    The real question is, who are those 28% idiot who still support Bush? Shame on them and shame of those who elected him to office.

    April 11, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  9. lynette

    Ric, and McCain is perfect? He's a hundred years old, I don't think McCain can cry perfect either, my Mom said he's too old and she's a senior also. He definitly wouldn't hear the phone ringing at 3 am, heck he might not hear it ringing at 3 pm. He walks and talks old, the planet is moving way to fast for McCain. He probably doesn't even know what an IPod is.

    April 11, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  10. scott

    the dems where first elected into office to get rid of this guy queen Pelosi said hes untouchable Wright from the begining of her new position. Now she wants Hillary to leave and thinks Obama is untouchable. sound familier? people say hillary would be more just like bush lets look at the facts
    BUSH -OBAMA=Unexperienced
    BUSH-OBAMA=Nice Guy that Id like to have a beer with
    BUSH-OBAMA=both gave good speaches at one time
    BUSH-Obama=Both have proubly read my dog spot
    BUSH-OBAMA- Both think there always right or is that WRIGHT
    Experience doesn't matter its only the most important job in the nation

    April 11, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  11. Kaya, Houston, Texas

    What a tragic comedy George W. Bush is.

    April 11, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  12. Citizen

    This is amazing. I am completely stunned. I have never heard of such a thing. Who in the hell are these 28% of the people thinking that this chimp has done a good job.

    April 11, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  13. Vicky

    Response to Neocon:
    So when this great nation of ours goes bankrupt...and it certainly will if McCain gets elected, how on earth do you suppose we will fund our military???? Oh wait, maybe we can ask for support from our allies....who, by the way, are dwindling thanks to Bush. We certainly won't be adding any new friends or repairing any of the damage caused by this administration with McCain running the show. It just amazes me how many of your type are left and scares me to think you actually have the right to vote. Do us all a favor and stay home on election night and let the people who actually know something cast their votes. You'll be thanking us later! Do you actually believe 72% of Americans got it wrong??? I am a very strong Obama supporter and not a fan of Hillary by anyone's stretch of the imagination......but.....come November 2nd, a Democrat will have my vote......PERIOD!!

    April 11, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  14. Joyce in Florida

    Agree with Frank in San Diego. Worst President ever.

    April 11, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  15. skipper

    he's a nice guy however president is way too much responsiblity for him.

    April 11, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  16. Think

    28% + 72% = 100% (not 82% and not 81%); (but of course, what do math skills matter in this country...)

    April 11, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  17. jw, canadian,ok

    Could we be a little more careful in selection of the next president? Let 28% be a lesson learned.

    April 11, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  18. Mahvash samiian

    We have two great Demorats who for the most part have been running a fair and clean campaign. Unfortunately it's the media that by their unfair reporting and coverage of the candidates are prevnting some people to make their mind up by watching the pure news.

    April 11, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |

    Who cares!

    April 11, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  20. Mahvash samiian

    What portion of the 28% is made up by those benefiting from this outrageous war??

    April 11, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  21. Julie Singh Oregon

    To Latina Here: Please stay on topic. The topic is Bush's approval ratings. Are you spamming this across all of the blogs?

    April 11, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  22. Women against Obama

    Gee ya know Wolf what do you expect out of a lame duck president!

    The same ones who voted for Bush Jr. will be the same ones voting for Obama.

    They seem to like clueless people, and Obama is about as clueless as they come.

    It’s time for a new direction in America, meaning that I have no real plan for universal health care, I’m not really clear on what to do abut Iraq, I’m not apposed to a strike on Iran, I’m against gay marriage, I’m pro anything that Israel wants to do…. when I say “new direction” I guess what I really mean is same direction except I hope to bring a fresh charisma to doomsday.

    April 11, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  23. Cruz in Dallas, Texas

    Bush still have 28%...My good he is a lucky guy. He should be on
    -100% after the disaster he has made of what once was the United States of America, the most powerful, respected and admired nation in the world. The one that all others nations envied and wanted to emulate. Now we don't even have the power to stand up to a communist China because of fears it will disturb the mutual relations, meaning all imports and the money we borrow from that communist country. (In order obviously to waste it later in Iraq and juicy contracts to KBR, a subsidiary of Dick Cheney's Halliburton, that supplied contaminated water to troops and its females employees are getting raped in Iraq).

    April 11, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  24. Colin

    Even stupider than then the 28% who support bush are the fools that think voting for McCain is better than voting for the Democrat they prefer less. There is hardly any difference between Obama and Hillary on policy issues, and a wide gulf between them and McCain.

    Posture all you want, lie to the pollsters, but don't be an idiot, vote for the candidate that represents your values.

    The good news is any of the three would be better than Bush/Cheney in every respect, so I'm looking forward to next year.

    April 11, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  25. Spirit of America

    28% of Americans still give this guy a favorable rating?!
    I didn't think that high percentage of Americans had a lobotomy!

    April 11, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
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