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New Year, New Low for Bush

George W. Bush's approval rating has hit a new low-point in Post-ABC polling.

In the newly released poll, just 32 percent approve of the way President Bush is handling his job. The summary rating had been stuck at 33 percent from July to December.

The president has not enjoyed an approval rating above 50 percent since January of 2005, and those disapproving "strongly" continue to outnumber strong approvers by greater than 3 to 1. (The full trend is available here.)

In the new poll, two-thirds of Americans disapprove of the way he's handling his job. Disapproval has stayed above 60 percent since the 2006 midterm elections. Among independents, who were decisive in delivering control of Congress in that election, nearly three-quarters disapprove of the president's job performance.

These tables provide additional breakdowns...

Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president?
Approve NET Str. app. Smwt. app. Disapprove NET Smwt. disapp. Str. disapp. No op.
All adults 32 16 16 66 15 51 2
Democrats 11 4 7 89 12 76 *
Independents 25 11 13 73 17 56 3
Republicans 68 40 27 30 17 13 3
Liberals 9 5 4 89 16 74 1
Moderates 24 10 14 75 15 59 1
Conservatives 55 30 25 42 13 29 3
White evangelical Protestants 50 25 25 48 14 34 2

Historical Bush Approval in Post-ABC Polling:
Approve NET Disapprove NET No opinion
January 2008 32 66 2
January 2007 33 65 2
January 2006 46 52 2
January 2005 52 46 2
January 2004 58 40 2
January 2003 59 38 2
January 2002 83 14 3
February 2001 55 23 22

By Jon Cohen  |  January 15, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
Categories:  Post Polls  
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You guys buried the lede. The real news here is that over half of the country *strongly* disapproves of his job performance.

Posted by: BZ | January 15, 2008 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Impeach him.

Posted by: Awake | January 15, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

How can that many people, 32%, think Bush is doing a fine job? That is where I'd like to see some media investigation. Just what do these people think is going so well? I can understand 1%, the wealthiest 1%, but 32%?

Posted by: Sully | January 15, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

This man is already the most insignificant world leader of the last century. Who cares?

Posted by: damarv | January 15, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

In August, 1974, Nixon had a disapproval rating of 66%.

Posted by: Singing Senator | January 15, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

What I wonder is in what caves and under what rocks did the Post-ABC poll find Bush's 32% supporters? Most other polling organizations are finding that 75 to 80% of the country think we are headed in the wrong direction. My advice to investors is to remind them in 371 days the regime changes here in the US. On 01-20-09 or just before go long on the dollar.

Posted by: Redman | January 15, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

For those concerned about the 32% that approve Bush's performance - it's probably directly related to the estimated 30% of die-hard registered Republicans. There is also an estimated 30% die hard democrat following. That is why it is rare to have a president approval rating dip below 30%. Those die-hards will always approve their own party - aka brainwashed and dependent thinkers. The remaining 40% is what decides elections - the more moderate and independent thinkers that aren't hooked on ideologies and agendas. That's my theory anyways! lol

Posted by: Indies | January 15, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter what his approval ratings or his disapproval ratings are. A new president will be inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2009 no matter what.

Posted by: MiNotEwe | January 15, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Like many of you, I'm still looking for the missing decimal point in that 32% figure. Does the poll adjust for the sarcasm or possible drunkenness of its respondents?

What jumped out at me is it's nearly 50-50 among Evangelicals. Isn't Jesus their favorite political philosopher too?

Posted by: WWWD? | January 15, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Impeach him and his "friends" and put them in jail

Posted by: Anonymous | January 15, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Everyone freaks out over the job Bush is doing, but what about congress? At my last check their approval rating was in the 24-25% range. Let's start going crazy over the fact that our congress is in worse shape than our president.

Posted by: PR | January 15, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I CAN'T WAIT to be rid of this human garbage and each and every one of his associates. They should tear up and replace the subflooring in the White House just in case any of that siht is contagious.

Posted by: Mobedda | January 15, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

what about the dem house and senate, they are just as responsable for whats going on today. did you know the credit market problems started after the dems took over and just in time for the 08 election, dems think they win on economic issues so they created one. look at the people behind the mortgage crisis, limosine liberals the lot.
the polls have the dems in the toilet below the President yet this paper only wants to talk about the President, why is that?

Posted by: dwight | January 15, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I cannot comprehend Bush's approval rating at 32%, I do not believe this - this poll is lying outright...If this trash has a 32% rating; the (MINUS -) sign was ommitted at the beginning. It should read (-32%).

Posted by: Lorie Hawkins | January 15, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

It's because people always rate the 535 members of Congress poorly, but at the same time usually think very highly of the individual members representing them.

Meanwhile, we all have the same president.

That's why.

Posted by: Because | January 15, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Hey sully, just look at the post by dwight and you'll have the answer to your question.

Posted by: Bucinka | January 15, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

have to admit, I am suprised. I figured that the better coverage on Iraq (however true it may or may not be) would boost the rating. Wow, we really are sick of him.

Posted by: if | January 15, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

The problem with polls is they don't change reality. That reality is that we do have Bush as President, along with his extremist buddies. What I find comical is that we have a minority of religious extremists in control of our country. Whether they be Christian or not, all extremists pervert the true religion for the one they design to their liking. My real fear is that, polls or not, Mr. Bush does not want to leave the White House and may find a way to stay in power. If that is the case we will experience, in America, what the Iraqis experienced under Sudam Hussein.

Posted by: Robin Szcz | January 15, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Worst President Ever!

Posted by: LiveToRide | January 15, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Wow, 34% of White evangelical Protestants strongly disapprove of Bush, while 25% strongly approve.

Considering that they've been his number one enablers, I guess that just goes to show how dim your average White evangelical Protestant is.

Posted by: kevrobb | January 15, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Impeach him.

Then string him up.

Posted by: sglover | January 15, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Bush needs to be hung around the neck of every Republican candidate for president. They avoid mentioning him at any cost although they fully back and support his policies.
These charlatans who want to run this country should renounce Bush/Cheney and the entire neo-con agenda.

Posted by: elmerg | January 15, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

I acknowledge the die hard republicans, but what I find interesting about the poll is that the breakdowns show that even some independents, moderates, democrats and liberals still approve of him. Even 4% of democrats and 5% of liberals strongly approve. To be fair, when you click to look at the full poll results, it says, "The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points. Error margins are larger for subgroups."

Posted by: PersonL | January 15, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse our Representatives know we want to impeach borth the president and vice president. Now...not later when Saudi Arabia gives the smart bombs we are giving them to the terrorists. Impeach 2 and saves the lives of our soldiers.

Posted by: Sunny_Shores | January 15, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Lets see what Bush has dealt with...

9/11 Disaster
2 Wars
Enron Scandal
Came into office under a recession after the tech bubble plummited the market down into the 6,000 range.
2 of the most populous countries rapidly modernizing and drastically increasing world demand for oil (driving up prices).

Yet for 7 years under his presidency the stock market is at 12600 today, unemployment is around 5% (statistical non factor), and despite the home lending debacle the economy is still yet to come crashing down.

No matter what the die hard libs will hate a republican president. But its hard to deny Bush has been effective during some tough times.

Agree or disagree with the conflict in Iraq. The job market has been very good, we haven't had any terrorist attacks since 9/11, I'm by no means rich (I make only 45k) but i'm by no means hurting at all.

Posted by: Mike | January 16, 2008 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Lots of BS going around, George II started with a DOW at ~11,500, now ~12,500. Seven years and less than 8% growth in that time. Tax cuts for the wealthy, 9 trillion debt. Wars on everything, (economic, drugs, terror, Arabs, Iranians, you name it!) torture, lies, and scandal. This guy has even managed to ruin his own party. A genius!!!

Posted by: Middle of Nowhere | January 16, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Katrina disaster response/rebuild
Katrina foreign policy
Katrina economy

Katrina presidency.

Posted by: jfern | January 20, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Katrina disaster response/rebuild
Katrina foreign policy
Katrina economy

Katrina presidency.

Posted by: jfern | January 20, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

I think I'd like to pose a question back to Mike on here....
Lets talk about what Bush really hasn't dealt with:

Osama Bin Laden (remember that guy???)
uh...the entire city of New Orleans
business practice abuses AFTER ENRON
the entire infrastructure falling apart all around us in THIS COUNTRY, not Iraq
oh yeah, there's Iraq......

Bush has done none of us a favor.

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