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Bush Equals Jimmy Carter’s Low 29% Approval

He thanks god for 9/11 every day

The Gallup Poll, among the most conservative out there, has George Bush hitting a new low in his approval, at 29 percent, equaling Jimmy Carter’s several 29 percent ratings between July and October 1979, in the middle of the Iran hostage crisis, and, of course, his own father's forgotten 29 percent in late 1992. Yes yes, Carter actually dipped to 28 percent in one reading, but it's a given that Bush will match that and sink on. Next goal for Bush, who always wants to be Number 1: Best Harry Truman’s 22 percent in February 1952. At this rate, it’s doable. On Monday, he let the world know that he wasn’t budging on Iraq beyond making the usual cosmetic changes. He’ll pull out a brigade or two that’s scheduled for pull-out anyway and call it a drawdown. He’ll “redeploy” another few brigades away from hellholes where they’re getting clobbered anyway and call it a “post-surge reconfiguration.”

This, too, is notable, as reported by the Post: "Bush and Congress have suffered a decline in support from almost every part of the conservative coalition over the past year, a trend that has accelerated with alarming implications for Bush's governing strategy." Specificaklly, Gallup says, "Republicans' ratings of Bush are down five percentage points since mid-June. The 68% approval among members of his own party ties with a measure obtained in May 2006 as the lowest of his administration. As 2007 began, 79% of Republicans approved of the job Bush was doing as president."

Gallup notes that it has “recorded 1,325 presidential job approval ratings since 1938, and only 42 -- or 3% -- have been below 30%. Only 32 job approval ratings have been below 29%.” Here’s the list:

Presidential Job Approval at 29% or Lower Historically

Approval Rating

Date

%

 

Truman

22

1952 Feb 9-14

Truman

23

1952 Jan 6-11

Truman

23

1951 Nov 11-16

Nixon

24

1974 Aug 2-5

Nixon

24

1974 Jul 12-15

Truman

24

1951 May 19-24

Truman

24

1951 Apr 16-21

Nixon

25

1974 May 10-13

Nixon

25

1974 May 3-6

Nixon

25

1974 Apr 12-15

Nixon

25

1974 Feb 22-25

Truman

25

1952 Jan 20-25

Truman

25

1951 Jun 16-21

Nixon

26

1974 Jun 21-24

Nixon

26

1974 May 17-20

Nixon

26

1974 Apr 19-22

Nixon

26

1974 Mar 29-Apr 1

Nixon

26

1974 Mar 8-11

Nixon

26

1974 Jan 18-21

Truman

26

1951 Feb 4-9

Nixon

27

1974 Feb 8-11

Nixon

27

1974 Jan 4-7

Nixon

27

1973 Nov 2-5

Nixon

27

1973 Oct 19-22

Truman

27

1952 May 11-16

Truman

27

1951 Mar 4-9

Carter

28

1979 Jun 29-Jul 2

Nixon

28

1974 Jun 28-Jul 1

Nixon

28

1974 May 31-Jun 3

Nixon

28

1974 Feb 1-4

Truman

28

1952 Apr 13-18

Truman

28

1951 Mar 26-31

Truman

29

1951 Jul 8-13

Truman

29

1951 Oct 14-19

Truman

29

1951 Jul 13-18

Nixon

29

1973 Dec 7-10

Carter

29

1979 Jun 1-4

Carter

29

1979 Jun 22-25

Carter

29

1979 Jul 13-16

Carter

29

1979 Oct 5-8

Bush

29

1992 Jul 31-Aug 2

Bush

29

2007 Jul 6-8


Presidential Job Approval Low Points for All Previous Presidents Since Truman

Approval Rating

Date

%

 

Harry S. Truman

22

Feb 1952

Dwight D. Eisenhower

49

Jul 1960

John F. Kennedy

56

Sep 1963

Lyndon B. Johnson

35

Aug 1968

Richard Nixon

24

Jul 1974, Aug 1974

Gerald Ford

37

Jan 1975, Mar 1975

Jimmy Carter

28

Jun 1979

Ronald Reagan

35

Jan 1983

George H.W. Bush

29

Jul 1992

Bill Clinton

37

Jun 1993

George W. Bush

29

Jul 2007

Bottom Line, says Gallup: "President Bush's job approval rating -- now at 29% -- has fallen to the lowest point of his administration and is within seven percentage points of the lowest job approval rating in Gallup Poll history. Bush's job ratings have dropped 61 percentage points since the all time high point of 90% in September 2001," most precipitous drop ever recorded going back to the Neolithic.

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