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.