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. Kevin, IN

    I'm trying to visualize what that 28% looks like:

    10% religious fanatics
    10% stubborn like a mule, and about as smart
    8% controls majority of wealth in America

    April 11, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  2. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Joe Lieberman and Mr. Mayor Bloomberg made bad choices. They
    switched parties.

    April 11, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  3. Charlotte

    What is really sad, we will give them another 4 years, thanks to Obama. I know he will lose in November if he is the nominee. Oh well, time will tell. Maybe McCain won't be as bad as Bush, and we know he has tried to work with our party. This is partly why his party does not really rally behind him. He is not, a died in the wool republician.

    April 11, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  4. Blue Eyes

    To me, the saddest thing about Mr. Bush is that hardly anyone believes any thing he says. Mr. Bush has lost all credibility, frankly he is a bold faced liar.
    Yet he still goes in front of the public to make statements as if his words carry any real weight, in this country or any place else in the world...sad, sad, sad.

    April 11, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  5. john williams san diego, ca.

    Sandy from San Diego.....you must be one of those under 40 far left liberal loonies that never knew that Jimmy Carter was a President of the United States.

    April 11, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Who did you people poll? I polled one-hundred people, including myself. I couldn't find anyone that would give him a plus, including myself. I did get about seven or eight zeros. End result; minus ninty-two percent approval rating.

    April 11, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  7. Anne

    28% of Americans approve of Bush? That's 28% who are not all that smart...

    April 11, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  8. DTexas

    It will be to bad that it will take 50 years before we find out the truth of the past 8 years.

    I challenge the next nominee to open the files and give america the truth.

    April 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  9. JIM

    If these are impeachable numbers than I don't know what are lol

    April 11, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  10. Dave in Florida

    Who remembers McCain's song " Bomb-Bomb-Bomb Iran? "

    Bush + McCain = McBush's 3rd term in office. If you think gas prices
    is high now, try voting in McCain and when you're kicking yourself for voting for him when you have to pay $8.00 a gallon in 2010.

    The Bush/McCain Repubs want to attack Iran next and when the economy is at DEPRESSION LIKE LEVELS and gas prices is when you can afford to only drive around the corner. You have only yourself to blame.

    I'm proud to say I have never voted for a Bush, and wont think about voting for McBush in 08. Our country is at a crossroads and we need a President with fresh ideas to revive our struggling economy, after the 8 years of incompetence and mismanagement by Bush.
    I strongly support Sen. Obama.

    Obama 08!!!

    April 11, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  11. Fred

    Whoa! Everybody calm down and get off his back!! He's not the worst ever! I get really upset when I hear this! He's second worse! If you read about the atrocities that Andrew Jackson committed then you would realize that Bush is only second worse. Why does everyone always try to take that distinction from Andrew Jackson? Who are these 28% and where have they been living the past seven years? How anyone can support him besides Cheney and Big Oil and a few others is beyond me.

    April 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  12. Fred

    George Bush is personally responsible to the deaths of over 4000 Americans.

    April 11, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  13. ABQ Mike

    I guess it's already been said but, common! 28% is not nearly low enough. How can anyone think, "you know, President Bush is doing a good job... I approve." It seems unthinkable outside of his immediate family.

    April 11, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  14. Barrie

    All the sobbing about gas prices but still every other auto is a huge shiny pick up getting 12 MPG that's never carried anything more than a bag of groceries from safeway, gas is clearly still way too cheap in the U.S. Oversize vehicles and large gas bills, there is a clue in there people !

    April 11, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  15. Julia

    Thanks, Opinionator. Absolutely. Did they really say THANK YOU to Bush???? Must be part of that 28%. And by the way, IT DOES MATTER. A lot.

    April 11, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  16. Jeremy

    I'm wondering who the 28% are who think he's doing a good job. Give me a break!

    April 11, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  17. MD

    What a surprise!

    April 11, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  18. Logan

    A remarkably incapable president in every way imaginable.

    April 11, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  19. Lee

    April 22nd can't come quickly enough. The national media has way too much time on it's hands to analyze and pick apart every single word, phrase, pause, or look the candidates make. Neither candidate is perfect. I'm not so sure I would lik ethe perfect person to be in the White House. Will any of this help create more jobs, insure those with no heathcare, end the war, improve public education? I doubt it. Let's stop breaking down every speech to a sound bite and try to get back to addressing some serious, serious problems in our country....

    April 11, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  20. Kelly J

    To Uncle Sam, Maybe the reason why Congress is so low is because there are over 300 congressmen and sentors. A lot of people to make alot of people mad.

    April 11, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  21. Lance

    I really wonder who the 28% are who approve of that idiot.

    April 11, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  22. JF Las Vegas

    Please,quit the impeach slogan – why should Bush be impeached when Bill Clinton was impeached, and he was allowed to remain in office? According to our Constitution, once a high ranking official is impeached that person must be removed from office. Bill Clinton commited a misdeamor, and it clearly states in our Constitution that a high ranking official of the United States commiting a misdeamor shall be removed from office. How come Clinton was allowed to remain in office after his impeachment? If President Bush was impeached now, do you think he would actually be removed from office? The politicans do not have to abide by the Constitution – they set the rules and make changes to benefit themselves – pretty much what Hillary is/will be doing if she gets the nomination.

    We don't have that much longer to go with the Bush's administration, and thank goodness, because that is when all the backstabbing and child's play will be with over between the two Democratic contenders and the one Republican.

    I was hoping we could have had some more mature, responsible candidates to run for president, but unfortunately, we were denied that opportunity.

    April 11, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  23. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    It's amazing that 28% of America is still fooled by these lying cretins. I guess that their tinfoil hats must truly protect them from the 'evil rays' of logic and sanity.

    April 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  24. Observer

    I was one of those people who thought his approval rating would be at 28% six months after he became president. I was just off by seven years. It just took longer than I thought for people to figure him out.
    Can I jump into my time machine now and fast forward to next January and a new president?

    April 11, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  25. 1.20.09=Bush's Last Day

    Who the heck are these 28%? Probably the polygamists in TX.

    April 11, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
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