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Bush’s Popularity Hits Historic Low

November 10, 2008 01:52 PM
by Isabel Cowles
President George W. Bush faces the lowest approval ratings of all time as he prepares to vacate the White House.
According to the latest CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, President George W. Bush faces the lowest approval ratings of any American president since the survey was introduced more than 60 years ago.

CNN polling director Keating Holland said, “No other president’s disapproval rating has gone higher than 70 percent. Bush has managed to do that three times so far this year.” President Bush is now more unpopular than President Richard Nixon was when he resigned after the Watergate scandal, Holland elaborated.

News of the historic disapproval rating comes on the day that President-elect Barack Obama will tour the White House to prepare for the leadership transition that will take place in January. According to Gallup, the meeting starkly contrasts “one of the least popular two-term presidents in modern times … [with] one of the most popular candidates to win the presidency.”

Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Nov. 6–8 shows that 27 percent of Americans approve of Bush’s work as President, whereas 70 percent have a favorable view of Obama.

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