Poll: Bush Approval at 19% – Officially ‘Worst President Ever’

The perception that the economy is failing may have finally done what seven years of lies and incompetence have failed to do — bring George Bush’s approval rating down to a closer reflection of reality:

George W. Bush’s overall job approval rating has dropped to a new low in American Research Group polling as 78 percent of Americans say that the national economy is getting worse according to the latest survey from the American Research Group.

Among all Americans, 19 percent approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 77 percent disapprove. When it comes to Bush’s handling of the economy, 14 percent approve and 79 percent disapprove.

Bad news for Bush but good news, finally, for the United States of America. It means that fewer than 20 percent of our fellow citizens are truly and irrevocably dimwitted and/or delusional.

But how does a 19 percent approval rating compare with other presidents? Here’s an overview from the recent past:

  • Clinton low: 36 percent, May 1993 (early missteps like Zoe Baird)
  • George H.W. Bush low: 29 percent, August 1992 (recession)
  • Reagan low: 35 percent, January 1983 (recession)
  • Carter low: 28 percent, July 1979 (high gas prices)
  • Ford low: 37 percent, January 1975 (economy, Nixon pardon)
  • Nixon low: 23 percent, January 1974 (Watergate)
  • Johnson low: 35 percent, August 1968 (Vietnam)
  • Lowest ever? That would be Harry Truman during the Korean War, in February 1952, at 22 percent.

We’ll have to wait and see if other polls show a similar trend, but for now it appears we have a winner, or rather, a loser.

George W. Bush, officially the Worst President Ever.


  • February 21, 2008 - 9:08 am | Permalink

    WORST PRES! HUH HUH HUH! don’t You MEAN WORST ROGUE EVER! he has stolen the pres ship both thimes he was not truly elected!!!!!

  • Nelson
    February 21, 2008 - 10:56 am | Permalink

    Why did it take so long? It was obvious in 2000!

  • nikolai
    February 21, 2008 - 11:21 am | Permalink

    I don’t know how much more obvious it can be.

    His latest foible is saying it would be bad to send troops to Darfur to stop the genocide.

    bush said:

    “Foreign troops would only be divisive and “unbelievably counterproductive.”

    Why didn’t bush just admit:

    1. We don’t have any troops to spare, dummy!

    2. Darfur doesn’t have any oil!

    3. Darfur doesn’t have poppies!

    4. Speaking of poppy, Darfur didn’t threaten mah daddy!

    5. You know how I like to abandon blacks!

    6. What’s Darfur???

  • Stephen
    February 21, 2008 - 2:37 pm | Permalink

    19 is still a huge number for such an a$$hole.

  • FreedomOfInformationAct
    February 21, 2008 - 2:55 pm | Permalink

    If there is a god, the neocon bushites will be served up justice, cold and hard, for all time, being damned as they deserve.

  • Homer
    February 21, 2008 - 4:47 pm | Permalink

    In 7 years of trying to convince my less than apt co-workers and friends that GW was leading the US to oblivion, I have learned one painful lesson. Some people don’t care what the government does until it effects them personally. Whether it is a family mourning a lost child because of the war or a couple looking at their house for the last time due to foreclosure, some people just don’t care until hits home for them. James Carville was right. It’s the economy stupid. It’s just too bad it took this long for people to open their eyes. I believe the 19% will come around soon. After all the economy has no where to go but down since we pretty much max’d out our credit and ship all the jobs overseas.

  • February 21, 2008 - 7:41 pm | Permalink

    HEY I do not believe that they will all come arround! IF YOU DO then just tune into 100.3 about 6 pm each nite and listen TO SHAWN HANNITY! HE IS THE BIGGEST BUSHITE AND NEOCON FOOL I HAVE EVER LISTENED TO! ALL THE STUPID ASS COULD HARP ON WAS CLINTON until BAMMER NIGGER got out in front NOW ALL THE STUPID ASS CAN TALK ABOUT IS BAMMER and get this JOHN MC CAIN to him is a FINE OUTSTANDING MAN! ha ha LOOK FOR YOUR SELF JUST ANOTHER DAM BUSH YES MAN!!!!!!!!

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  • February 23, 2008 - 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Considering how unpopular Bush is, why does almost everyone in Congress pander to him?

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  • Charlie
    February 29, 2008 - 3:00 pm | Permalink

    It is pretty bad when the far left has to resort to popularity as a measure of being a good or bad President.
    As President Bubba showed us, a popular President does not = a Good President.

  • Madison
    March 1, 2008 - 6:45 am | Permalink

    Sorry, Charlie. Bush is a terrible president by every measure: His lies and/or incompetence (take your pick; it’s one or the other) about the reasons for the Iraq have caused the unnecessary deaths of at least 600,000 people, including U.S. service members, as well as a trillion dollars that he has borrowed from the communist Chinese. He has wrecked the economy by giving tax cuts to his rich buddies, and trashed the government by filling it up with inept rightwing political hacks. He ran and hid in three different places on 9/11. He is the only president to lose an American city — which happened, apparently, because he was laid up drunk in Crawford when Katrina fell.

    You’re right that polls can’t be trusted. In this one, there’s no good reason George Bush should get even a 19% approval rating.

    You think about what a great president he is when you’re paying $4 a gallon for gas this summer.

  • frankie v
    March 15, 2008 - 4:37 pm | Permalink

    reasons why he is the worst president ever:


    2.the terry shiavo disaster.

    3. horrible immigration policy.

    4..GAS, FOOD AND MEDICAL costs at hyper inflated levels.

    5. RESIDING over the worst INDEBT LEVELS on the federal buget levels, consumer levels and mortgage levels.

    6. BAD supreme court decision on abortions,giving NO consideration to womem who have been raped.

    7. wako/liberal sex education policies, wacko/liberal veto power on mis managed liberal federal government spending programs.

    8. 3 fake tax breaks , ACCOMPANIED by state and local tax increases.


    10…911 WAS A FAKE ATTACK, just take a look at the YOUTUBE.COM video series called SEPTEMBER CLUES #3 video to see HOW TECHNICALLY bush jr and company PULLED off the real attack on 911.

    BUSH JR and the neo cons FOR all the above reasons IS the worst president EVER AND SHOULD BE LOCKED up for EVER,,,for killing our own people on 911.

    WANT to challenge me:frankmediajr35@yahoo.com

  • Mike
    October 15, 2008 - 7:34 pm | Permalink

    People have short memories and no knowledge of history. Take a look at James Buchanon’s and Franklin Pierce’s presidency. Then talk to me. Civil War and slavery people!

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