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. A conservative

    Who says and who was polled? CNN and the liberal Bush haters have smeared and denigrated Bush for 8 years! You drag out supposed polls and when election time comes they prove erroneous and worthless ! A tool of the disloyal opposition!

    April 11, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  2. pretzelONEgeorgebushZERO

    George looking all perplexed at the podium......sad, familiar sight. I'm stunned the survey didn't venture far below 28% with the LAME job this dude & his cronies have done. This country is a mess and we are hated globally. Thanks, Dubya/Darth Cheney.

    April 11, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  3. annie

    If you all think 8 yrs. is bad with Bush – wait 'till you have 2 months with Barack Hussein Obama and won't be allowed to worship at the church of your choice, won't be allowed to own a gun and prices of everything soar more than they are now. All you Obama followers will be saying "Bush wasn't so bad after all".

    April 11, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  4. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    How can any one man ruin a country in 8 years? Now, Bush had
    help. Cheney, McMouse, Rice, Rove, Rumsfeld, Limbaugh, Ann
    Coulter. Why if there is even a Republican Party after this, I will
    be surprised. If your are a Republican and you have your name
    anywhere on a Ballot, America can know you stand for the rich
    man that scathed our land, and skimmed the top. With our taxes.
    Oh, I forgot more help for the Bush "regime" Hannity. You lied
    you cheated, you sold us down the river. And you can all move
    to Dubai. It is going to take a miracle for Middle America to
    recover, but I believe we can do it without Republicans. Please
    Go away from our lives.

    April 11, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  5. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    "If you are not for us, you are against us. Remember, saying
    that, Mr. Bush.

    April 11, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  6. LeMonton, currently in Texas

    And if you think Bush has done it bad:

    *endless war based on lies,
    *not capturing BinLaden,
    *terrible economy,
    *destruction of cvil rights and the constitution,
    *juicy contracts to Dick Cheney's friends,
    *destruction of the United States' public image, standing and goodwill around the world,
    *etc., etc. , etc.

    You ain't seen nothing yet. Just wait for Bush's/Cheney's/Rice's third term under their proxy...John McWar, McShame, McSame, McCain.

    April 11, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  7. Lilarose in Oregon

    I would like to see George W. Bush resign as president right now rather than wait until January 20, 2009.

    Our country is sliding down a tube where we won't recover in all areas of society, from the economy to education, from health care to transportation, and on and on.

    April 11, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  8. MEG

    If his rating doesn't get to 10, I'll be surprised. Ten is the number of his bushies in the Whitehouse and they cannot defy him. I know there may be more bushies, but that is the number that is the closest to him.

    April 11, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  9. Joe

    Great news for the McCain people because everybody knows that a vote for McCain is a vote for continuation of the Bush foreign policy and war in Iraq.

    April 11, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  10. Loretta

    Its no wonder Bush's approval rate is low, the way stupid people
    like Hillary tell so many lies about him. She is such a liar herself
    she would not know it, if the truth hit her up beside the head. The news media also likes to talk about Bush and cnn is the worst.
    He is our President and no matter what he does wrong ,he should be given respect. Nobody treated Bill Clinton as bad as they do Bush. .
    After all Bill JUST LOOKED IN TO THE TV CAMERA'S and lied to the American people, about his affairs. Bill and Hillary should be sent to
    ......... And the news media has caused, along with Hillary, other countries to think bad of America. To be honest Bill Clinton left such a mess that it has taken a long time for Bush to fix it. Some things Bill did ARE NOT FIXABLE.

    April 11, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  11. FEDUP

    The biggest problem is he does not care what we think. He cannot seek re-election, due to term limits. The same thing would happen if the members of the House and Senate could not seek re-election. The current congress has not been able to get past the Republician fillibusters. The only way for true change is a 2/3 majority of the congress for the democrats. A simple majority cannot over ride a veto. Thus the log jam continues.

    April 11, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  12. Victor

    Oh, God, can we please stop talking about the Clinton versus Obama for one second? Even when the Blog has NOTHING to do with either one of them, someone has to come along and drag their names into it. NEWSFLASH: The petty bickering between them and their supporters needs to end if we are going to pull together and capture the moderate vote. The DNC needs to just decide and get busy defeating John McBush.

    April 11, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  13. is it necessary

    28 is really high considering the state of the economy and war right now. it should be around 15

    April 11, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  14. NickNas

    Great point Veronica!!!

    You are absolutely right. This new attack IS timed just right. AFTER 5pm on a Friday so it gets to fester. hmmmm never thought of it that way before.

    Too bad for Hillary it is such a WEAK one especially after the almost Daily fumbles she and her people makes.

    Still waiting for so much info that she has promised us for so long I am starting to forget the list.


    Very interesting stuff on tv this morning on some of the contributors to the Clinton foundation though..one guy gave them 100 MILLION...guess who HE is connected to. I am sure CNN will tell all about it very soon.

    April 11, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  15. linda hemmingsen canada

    Bushes ratings should be low he is leaving a huge mess for the next president>He is living in a vaccum where he just doesn't care about the people ar how they are doing . he says go out and spend and it will help the economy.Excuse me mr. president these people are loosing their homes ,can't pay for heat and light .groceries are skyroceting and gas. they are loosing there jobs and health care etc. and you joke it is time you left to go out there and make some real money how insensitive are you?

    April 11, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  16. Robert Burns

    An healthy democracy would have impeached BC or had and utilized some type of parliamentarian process to protect the public from so unpopular a regime. And, yes, the next president gets a shot at being every bit as bad and unpopular.

    April 11, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  17. Robert Burns

    Whoa! Bush has 2/3 support of Republicans. Therefore, Republicans are extremists.

    April 11, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  18. Vig

    The man is a disgrace and should resign since Nancy Pelosi didn't have the back bone to put impeachment on the table.

    April 11, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  19. Horrified

    I have never seen a leader of an industrialized world so blindly stubborn and arrogant in his decisions to "follow the course" no matter what. We are seeing the results of this "no matter what." But congress gave him the authorization (democrats and republics) to do so. I do not see congress (majority democrat) stopping him!

    April 11, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  20. Barbara Roberts

    I don't like Obama and won't vote for him but we don't need McClain as he will follow in the path of the worst President in the history of the U.S.A. so hope Hillary gets the vote or I will vote for Nader. the only time I haven't voted for a democrat in 50 years.

    April 11, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  21. Charlotte

    I still don't know where they can find anyone, who approves of what this man has done to this country? I did not vote for him, either time. A whole lot of other people did vote for him, they must live with that choice everyday.

    April 11, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  22. JFK

    Thanks to the 51% of you that voted for him in 2004! Lets not make this mistake ever again!

    April 11, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  23. Ian

    If it's a mistake to pull out of Iraq then it's OUR mistake to make. 70% of the population want our troops home. Congress is elected to represent us, not tell us how it's going to be. A good leader knows how to listen. This goes for Clinton and Obama as well. I don't believe for a second that they will bring the troops home.

    Does anyone remember the phrase "taxation without representation"? I don't feel that we are being represented.

    April 11, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  24. MarkieBee

    RE: Poll numbers...to quote Bush's dark lord, Darth Cheney, "SO?"

    April 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  25. Bayou Joe

    Lynette I have two sons, a nephew and two nieces in Uniform. Three of them are in Iraq and my 18 yr old Marine will be going so that you can enjoy the Freedoms we offer in this country. Freedoms that wont last if the Islamic Radicals win in Iraq and spread their Jihad to the United States.

    By the way I am a Vietnam Veteran and would gladly serve in place of my sons if the Government would take me. Do you get it now,
    I love my country and the sacrifice is worth it.

    April 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
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