President Bush’s Approval Rating at an All-Time Low

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By: E&P Staff

President George W. Bush’s job performance is currently viewed positively by only 28% of U.S. adults, according to the latest Harris Poll of 1,001 U.S. adults surveyed by phone between April 20 and 23, 2007 by Harris Interactive.

That approval rating is the lowest recorded since President Bush took office.

The poll revealed that 7 in 10 adults view the President’s job performance in a negative light, including almost half (48%) who say his job performance is poor.

Vice President Dick Cheney is also at his lowest job approval. Only 25% of adults view him in a positive light, while over two-thirds (68%) view his job performance negatively.

Yet these negative feelings are not limited to President Bush. For the first time, all of the political figures and institutions in Harris’ survey have a negative job performance rating.

These figures include Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice who, for the first time is viewed negatively by half of adults. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ rating also has also gone down. Only 29% view his job performance in a positive light, while 55% view it negatively.

The Democratic leaders of the House and the Senate aren’t exactly getting glowing reviews, either. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has fallen from a 38% positive rating in February to 30%. Well over half (56%) of adults currently view her job performance in a negative light, compared to just 45% in February.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has also dropped. Currently, over half (52%) of those polled see his job performance in a negative light, while just 22% give him positive ratings.

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