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Financial Crisis Brings New Low for Bush

In the midst of a spiraling financial situation, two core measures of public opinion toward President Bush have dipped to all-time lows in Washington Post-ABC News polling.

Just 26 percent now approve of the president's overall job performance; 22 percent, another record low, give him positive marks on handling the nation's economy.

There are also signs of growing dissatisfaction among the president's base: 39 percent of Republicans and 49 percent of conservatives now disapprove of how he is handling his job. Both are new highs. And for the first time, a majority of white evangelical Protestants, 52 percent, rate the president's performance negatively. In each of these groups, even higher numbers disapprove of how Bush is handling the economy.

By Jon Cohen  |  September 30, 2008; 9:00 AM ET
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If I read this correctly, 22% of the people polled are brain dead.

Like our fearless leader, W. WORST PRESIDENT EVER!!!!!

Posted by: jeffp | September 30, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

"You can't fool all of the people all of the time."

though there are still some.

Posted by: As it was said: | September 30, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

It was likely the way the question was phrased:

"George W. Bush: A great president or the greatest president?"

(Thanks to Stephen Colbert.)

Posted by: Don | September 30, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

What 22% still has confidence in this man, George W. Bush? Are we polling dead people? I know our country is great enough to do anything, but polling dead people or babies has to be illegal!

I can only hope these are the people John McCain thinks are unpatriotic and want to see the demise of the great USA or may be they are Republicans or people who have no idea why we vote.

Pleae Americans, if you spot any aliens, send them back to Mars!

Posted by: Fay M | September 30, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

If you think this one is bad, get prepared for McCain/Palin. She's gonna make this one look good and McCain is gonna make you wish for this one back. What a horrible prospect. Pray the economy sways them to vote for quality: Obama/Biden

Posted by: kelwien | September 30, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

26%??!! There are serial killers with higher approval ratings than that.

Posted by: The Devil Bat | September 30, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Many of us conservative indepentents have been shouting about this moron since he grasped at the straw of an Iraqi attack as a way of asserting his "leadership" in the face of an enemy neither he nor his neocon stooges bothered to comprehend.

In fact thatlack of comprehension is the defining characteristic of the Bush Presidency and of his chief dolt, Mr. Chaney.

Posted by: GandalftheGrey | September 30, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

WORST. ADMINISTRATION. EVER. Or at least in my lifetime. It's mystifying how everything they touch turns to caca. More mystifying still is how so many people are still being spoonfed this garbage and lovin' it.

Posted by: bennyboo | September 30, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Nope - 22% represents the RICHEST of us. They are as happy as hell!
They have plenty of money.
They can BUY LOW.
They can SELL HIGH.
They have enough money to hire Blackwater guards to keep them safe, or they'll just jet away to wherever they please.

Posted by: tomhere | September 30, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

How many times have I heard or read, "...never in my life time...", linked with a negative Bush administration report.

Imperial Presidency. Criminal administration. Not one, but two unconcluded wars. Record deficits. Illegal surveilance. Torture. Partisan appointment in what should be apolitical positions. Mismanagement of critical government organizations (FEMA)(NASA). Record gas prices, venerable institutions falling like flies. And speaking of insects, plagues of locusts.

Okay...that last one hasn't happened...yet. But considering all the rest, can locusts be a stretch?

I just find it perverse to think that if I, as a normal citizen, did as much as the Bush administration has done in 8 years (not even a decade, folks) wouldn't be a matter of if, but how long, I would remain in jail.

I guess it is true: crime doesn't pay as well as politics.

Posted by: Kevin | September 30, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

it surprises me that anyone thinks he is doing a good job.

Posted by: jen | September 30, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

If I recall correctly, his daddy's numbers were better towards the end of his presidency back in 1992. Oh, well, I guess that's what he gets for not listening to his dad, when he told him to no go into Iraq. But, let's face it, this guy never had any real agenda, before becoming president. The only thing that he kept talking about in 2000 was "tax cuts." Did that really "jump start" the economy? What was wrong with the economy? We had a budget surplus in 2000. How about now?

Posted by: Costanza | September 30, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Dexter,The Bay Harbour Butcher, has better approval rating than Bush,the serial killer, responsible for over 4000 American deaths.

Posted by: Ajitinder Chadha | September 30, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

This poll shows how slow conservatives and evangelicals are to recognize reality. There is a reason that white anglo saxon protestants have the lowest per capita incomes except for Hispanics. Their education levels especially in South and rural West are too low for a modern functioning society. We need to improve their educational levels if they will let us.

Posted by: mascmen7 | September 30, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

26% appproval of Bush? Isn't that the same percentage as our national high school dropout rate? Makes sense to me.

Posted by: jbf | September 30, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Now we know. 22% of Americans are either totally stupid or brain dead. And think, they can vote again! Just think what a different world we'd have if the Republicans hadn't stolen the election 8 years ago! Our surplus might even be larger than it was then. So - ya'll who voted for Bush - TWICE - don't come crying now. You asked for it and if you elect McCain/Palin we'll get worse than we had. I'm fed-up!

Posted by: BOQ1 | September 30, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

What percentage of the U.S. population has IQs of 75 or less? Maybe 26%? (OK, throw in a few fat cats who like Bush's low taxes for them that hath--surely some of the top 5% income bracket also still like Bush, and they aren't necessarily the dummies.)

And isn't this 26% about the same proportion of the U.S. population that believes in witches, devils, and dinosaur-human cohabitation?

Posted by: jm917 | September 30, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Bush created the Perfect Economic Storm - no wonder the sailors have mutinied. ..........

Posted by: Ohg Rea Tone | September 30, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

The poll indicates just how easily people can be brainwashed into diehard idealogists of one belief or another. You could be a mule up and that 26% will still vote for it as long as it carries a label that says it believes in that idealogy. This in a country with a "free" press. Hmm...

Posted by: UN | September 30, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Well, I guess that we are getting what we wished for with Bush, low taxes, no regulations for businesses and industries. Now the republicans in the house are attempting to bambooza us even more by voting down the "so called bailout". Now with zero government intervention, the fat cat republicans will buy up everything on wall street at a severe discount and there still will not be any regulations, but the financial services sector will be monopolized. Thanks a lot George Bush and Republican House Members.

Posted by: John | September 30, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

22% Wow!

Easily better than Cheney.

Posted by: Shripathi Kamath | September 30, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

One thing about W, he really out did dear old dad. 41 conducted a very successful adventure in Iraq. We did the job THE WORLD decided that needed to be done, and we left. 43 has waded into the swamp with leaky boots and now he is stuck and we will pay the price.

41 ran the national debt up $1.2 trillion. 43 bested the old man four fold.

41 presided over a 3 year recession. 43 rode the crest of the wave onto the rocks. We will spend far more than the next 8 years digging out from his morass.

41 advanced and signed the Americans with Diasbilities Act. 43 crammed the Patriot Act down our throats (where were you Congressional Democrats?).

41 mercifully left office after 4 lackluster years. 43 has plagued us for 8, and his stench will last for a generation.

When all is said and done, lets not beat around the Bush, Jed had better keep his head low in Florida and not foist anymore of the Bush afflicted gene pool on America. Two generations of Bushies is enough.

Posted by: Andy - Seattle | September 30, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Well, Bush now has his legacy.

Posted by: Theresa | September 30, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

To the same people who brought us DUBYA: Let us pick the next president and fix what you have done (corrupt and ineffective government, bloated national debt, lack of respect abroad, gutted consumer protection agencies, morally inept party - although you love to claim that you're "god-fearin' types," spread fear, hatred and intolerance, etc.). Obviously, you lack the intelligence to elect leaders.

Posted by: ANGA | September 30, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I love the way the MSM do the dirty work of their Democratic allies and drive down the President's approval with relentless negativity, distortions, omissions of any good news, and endless coverups of the Democrats malfeasance. That so many Americans buy this crap is why we deserve Barack Obama as President. I wish I could say that after the Democrats drive us into a long term Depression we would have some relief from the socialist destruction of our economy and our civil society. Unfortunately, they'll likely just blame it all on Bush and skate away like always under the cover of their media minions.

Posted by: Tom M | September 30, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

"22 percent, another record low, give him positive marks on handling the nation's economy"

Whatever those 22 percent are smoking, I'll take a nickel baggie :-)

Posted by: seattle_wa | September 30, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Do you know who Ellsworth Toohey is and how he controls you?

Posted by: Tom M | September 30, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

disgusting, indeed.
However, lets pass this bill, so we can preserve a few american jobs over the next few months. then, next on the agenda: criminal prosecution of this administration!

Posted by: eliza | September 30, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin will make Bush Junior look like Theodore Roosevelt. No wonder The Worst President Ever desperately wants them to win.

Posted by: wilder5121 | September 30, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Although by being a washington post poll it is automatically suspect by 5-10% in the negative direction. Its poll methodologies are suspiciously antiquainted.

Posted by: chris c | September 30, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

GWB the W.P.E. Even the white evangelical Protestants, who have demonstrated that they'll believe the most far-fetched fantastical things, no longer believe in Bush. Now if we can just get to work on that 'walking on water' thing.....

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 30, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Well, maybe he should get extra credit for showing up.

Posted by: Peter | September 30, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

To Tom M:
Hey, you 26% loose stool for brains kool-aid drinking cretin...go ejaculate to your picture of Rush Limbaugh and watch your 9-11 conspiracy films on youtube and take a pill. You, people like you, those who share the brain pan of the mediocre and holier-than-thou trailer park mentality, need to read the Constitution, the Bill Of Rights, The Declaration of Independence and get in touch again with your true inner American. You have lost it.

Posted by: Doc | September 30, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

The people voted for Bush, twice. They got exactly what they ordered. Those who cannot get enough of this can expect the ultimate punishment for their votes: Eight years of Palin! She's already thinking about a war with Russia over Georgia. It should scare the pants off anyone, but it doesn't.

Posted by: Johnny | September 30, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Big deal! In a couple of months he will be an ugly blotch on the history of the country. It took the right wing until the 11th hour to figure out what should have been obvious to them all along. And now they are trying to blame the Shrub for the poisonous ideas which started with Reagan and which have all but destroyed the American economy. FDR knew you could not leave it to the market to stay its own hand. Now, we have to reign the greedy pigs in. We also need to revisit the idea of busting monopolies. We need some serious monopoly busting now.

Posted by: Joel | September 30, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Anonymous | September 30, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

wow, so the a-holes that gave us 8 years of this despicable, disgraceful criminal and liar, who is responsible for the bankruptcy, both financial and moral, of this country, now "disapprove" of his performance. and yet, 44% or so, are telling the pollsters that they are ready to put a senile charlatan and his brain-damaged moose hunter in charge of the nation?

these "disapproving" rethugs are nothing short of idiotic traitors. they belong in jail with their commander-in-chief.

Posted by: Manny | September 30, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Oh, it was the 26% approval rating that clued you in, did it? Now that the horses are all out of the barn, I suppose the rest of the media will pile on the bandwagon. Great reporting. America is giving you a big Bronz cheer... oops, we'll have to improvise, Bronx has been sold to the Chinese.

Posted by: halfamind | October 1, 2008 12:03 AM | Report abuse

I don't suppose you have any solutions to the mess you all have got us into? Or, is this just to rub our noses in it?

Posted by: Moe,Larry_the_Cheeze | October 1, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Republicans swore to us, vehemently, often derisively, for six years, that Bush was the best thing since sliced bread. He was Harry Truman, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, Reagan, and Abraham Lincoln all rolled up into one cuddly little package of manly manliness. He would cure everything the Libs were to lilly-livered to handle.

But he sucks now, he sucked then, and he has always sucked. You have to be frigging oblivious to reality to deny it, and yet a lot of people still will.

How do you Republicans live with yourselves?

Why should anyone trust you about anything again?

Posted by: drossless | October 1, 2008 1:12 AM | Report abuse

At this point, I defy anybody to find a person, other than a member of the remaining 22%, who will admit to having voted for Bush.

Posted by: Richard | October 1, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

I have faith in George W. Bush - he can go much lower than this.

Posted by: Freedom5 | October 1, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

THANK GOD....We only have a few days left of this moron's administration. We need to send Bush and Cheney to jail for crimes and high misdemeaners.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 1, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

If you think George W Bush is the Worst US
President Ever Then Wait Until You See How
that lying phony ACORN Community Organizer
Chicago Shake Down Artist Con Man Marxist
Socialist Fake Messiah Barack Hussein Obama
and his VP Big Mouth Joe Biden will Screw
It All Up Even Worse Then Bush & Cheney!

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | October 1, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Who are these 22%? What is their situation? I find it incredible that there nearly a quarter of the population are OK with the job GWB is doing.

Posted by: Roofelstoon | October 1, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Bush handled the economy just as he and the Republicans planned. More millionaires were made under his economic plan with a terrible cost to the middle class. The excessive spending under his administration makes it impossible for the next president to promote his own agenda. Infrastructure, health care, defense, energy independence; etc, will have to be shoved aside to pay off the national debt. Taxes will have to be increased which will further slow down the economc recovery.

Posted by: Hank AZ | October 2, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

"22 percent give him positive marks on handling the nation's economy".
Margin of error must be about 22 % ?

Posted by: Celia | October 2, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

While some politicians were reconsidering their opposition to the bailout this week, there is one group that still expresses a lot of concerns with the legislation: economists.

Interviews conducted with a dozen prominent academic economists, Obama supporters as well as McCain supporters, found little support for the bailout bill. Indeed, even the one economist who supported the proposal passed by the Senate Wednesday night had serious reservations.

Jonathan Berk, an award-winning finance professor at Stanford University and a strong opponent of the bailout plan, expressed the concerns of many: “I have never been so frustrated, I have never wanted to speak out publicly before on these political issues, but politicians don’t know what they are doing, they know nothing about these issues.”

The economists did not all emphasize the same reasons for the current financial crunch and they all did not agree how serious the problem is. But there are a number of similarities that can be seen in all their answers.

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There is little agreement on how serious the current problems are. Take the statements from three of the economists. John Cochrane, a professor at the University of Chicago Business School, worried that the solution was out of all proportion to the problem.

The legislation is like this: some boats are sinking, so rather than bailing those boats out, you blow up the dam and drain the whole lake.

Robert Hansen, senior associate dean and professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, summed up his view this way:

Does this justify some government intervention to jumpstart the market? Yes. Is this the best way to solve the problem? I don’t know. Does this justify this level of intervention? No.

At the other extreme is Daniel McFadden, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley and a Nobel Prize winner. McFadden could not paint the situation in more dire terms:

I think that the U.S. is in the same position as the Soviet Union in 1988. We are about a year behind them when they collapsed. We are one year away from when our economy could not function, that we could not keep order in the country.

Yet, even McFadden said:

I don’t think it is a great package .... It is more important that something be done than what is in the package. . . . I don’t know about one approach versus the other, but psychologically it is important that something be done.

The economists offered a range of explanations for the problems, but they did agree on a few things. All were concerned about the way that the government set up Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, though they did not all agree that it should be fixed immediately as part of the bailout. Jon Berk pointed out:

Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae -- all of us knew it was going to happen. You don’t have an implicit agreement where you cover their losses and don’t expect these types of problems (their large financial losses).

Posted by: Anonymous | October 2, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

As things keep going he could get into the teens. He'll be a teenager again for the ages.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 4, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Please, tell me more about the 22% who support Bush. I want to know what they do for a living, where they come from, where they live, what is their educational background, do they vote, what is their criteria for good leadership, are they carbon based?

Posted by: M.A.R. | October 6, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Well it's official.

My mother went to take her sick cat to a veterinarian that she has gone to for 30 years and they could not treat her cat because they could not extend any credit.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 6, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: LG | October 6, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to see what is placed inside the George W. Bush Library. Surely there will be no books!

Posted by: Julian Freund | October 7, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

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