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New Low for Bush Approval

Another month, another new low for George W. Bush: Just 28 percent in the new Post-ABC poll approve of the way the president is handling his job. This marks a new career low in Post polling, and is the 40th consecutive month his ratings have been under 50 percent.

His negative rating has also hit a record, with 69 percent saying they disapprove of his job performance. And the percentage holding "strongly" negative views is up to 56 percent, another new high, and nearly fives time the number who "strongly approve."

While most Republicans remain steadfastly behind the president, a third now disapprove, including two in 10 who strongly disapprove. This is the first time so many Republicans have expressed such sharply negative views of Bush's tenure. Strong disapproval among Democrats has also reached a new high in the poll, 81 percent. (Another 10 percent of Democrats disapprove "somewhat.")

Overall 27 percent of independents approve and 71 percent disapprove of Bush's job performance. (Ten percent of independents approve strongly, 52 percent disapprove strongly.)

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president?
28% approve; 69% disapprove


SOURCE: Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted by telephone July 10-13, 2008 among a random national sample of 1,119 adults. Results have a three point error margin.

By Jon Cohen  |  July 15, 2008; 10:25 AM ET
Categories:  Post Polls  
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