Monkey on His Back: George Bush Approval Rating Lowest in Modern History
A major obstacle Republican Presidential candidate John McCain must try to overcome
George Bush is the most unpopular US President in modern history according to a poll released by CNN.
71 percent of the American public disapprove of how Bush is handling his job as president and these numbers are mirrored by an AOL poll asking the same, whereby 74 percent said he has done a "poor" job as President. 74 percent also said he was deserving of the achievement.
11 percent said survey by America Online says he has done a good job, 9 percent a fair job and 6 percent said that President George W. Bush has been an excellent President.
"No president has ever had a higher disapproval rating in any CNN or Gallup Poll; in fact, this is the first time that any president's disapproval rating has cracked the 70 percent mark," said Keating Holland, CNN's polling director.
Still, today's generation tends to forget the Richard Nixon era and Harry Truman did not fare very well either.
"Bush's approval rating, which stands at 28 percent in our new poll, remains better than the all-time lows set by Harry Truman and Richard Nixon [22 percent and 24 percent, respectively], but even those two presidents never got a disapproval rating in the 70s," Holland said. "The previous all-time record in CNN or Gallup polling was set by Truman, 67 percent disapproval in January 1952."
By default, this is an obstacle that Senator John McCain will have to overcome since many voters tend to perceive another Republican in office as perhaps an "extension of the Bush administration".
A NBC/WSJ poll reveals that 43% say McCain being too closely aligned to Bush and his policies is a major concern. That’s compared with 36% who say that about Clinton’s apparent flip-flops; 34% who say that about Obama’s bitter-guns-religion remark; 32% who say that about Wright and Bill Ayers; 31% who say that about Clinton’s honesty and trustworthiness; 27% who say that about Bill Clinton having too much influence on policy decisions; 17% who say that about Obama not being patriotic enough; and 16% who believe McCain might be too old.
Carrie Stroup, Gambling911.com
Originally published May 2, 2008 2:22 pm EST