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. Page

    "Even if our country goes bankrupt, we still have the strongest military"
    ...and this is what's wrong with America today. Why this obsession among republicans with turning the middle east into one big democracy? Since when did it become the responsibility of the U.S. to be the world police? Personally, I think we have a moral responsibility to get the hell out of the middle east. We don't belong there!!!!!

    April 11, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  2. Liz

    Excuse me, but does anyone have a mind of thier own? Senator John McCain is not the President and his record proves he has not been a staunch supporter/follower of the President. Quit the rhetoric! Let's try to listen to the issues the nominees are discussing and make an intelligent decisions based on facts – not rhetoric! Quit the name calling and get down to work.

    April 11, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  3. valerie

    I hope and pray that once the democrat is selected to run against Mcsame that we all come together in Nov. I like Hilary and Obama either way either one will get my vote doesnt matter to me could not pay me enough to vote for mcsame yuck!!!!! every time I see him on TV I want to throw up. God help us all if another Bush is in the White House no end to the war, the economy is going to get worse mcsame or bush doesnt care about us only the people that are like them well off for the people who would vote for Mcsame because they dont like who is running for the Democrats you are idoits and deserve to live paycheck to paycheck. obama 08 Brian I agree I'll party too when Bush is out of office thank god for that I'll party even more when we beat mcsame.

    April 11, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  4. Michael

    Do you all really think Bush actually gives a damn what all the voters think of his presidency? Hell, he doesn't care whether his approval rating even sits under 20% or even 2%. If he wants to go down in history as the worst president ever, so let him do so. Like I said, Bush DOES NOT GIVE A DAMN to anyone and probably not to himself either!

    August 2, 2011 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
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