A new poll reveals President Bush could go down in history as having the lowest approval rating of any U.S. president ever.
Wired PR News.com — George W. Bush will likely go down in history as the U.S. president with the lowest approval rating ever. As reported by The New York Times, in a recent New York Times/CBS News poll, seventy three percent of those polled disapproved of Bush’s performance the past eight years. The low rating includes Democrats, Independents and Republicans. However, only thirty four percent of Republicans disapproved.
The economy and the war in Iraq are said to play a big part in the low ratings. Seventy seven percent disapproved of Bush’s handling of the economy and seventy one percent disapproved of his handling of the war. Bush also had the highest approval ratings of any president ever directly after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. His ratings shot to 90 percent.
Gallup polling began during the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration. Bill Clinton left office with a sixty eight percent approval rating, as did Ronald Reagan. Jimmy Carter’s rating was forty four percent and Bush’s father’s term ended with a fifty four percent rating. Not only do people purportedly not like the way Bush handled his presidency, they don’t like him personally either. Six in ten of people polled viewed him negatively. The low ratings seem to extend to the vice president as well. Vice President Dick Cheney will be leaving office with a low thirteen percent favorability rating according to the same poll.