Mr. 22 Percent
The CBS/New York Times final rating for George W. Bush has him with a 22% approval rating, with 73% saying they disapprove of how he’s done his job.
Mr. Bush’s final approval rating is the lowest final rating for an outgoing president since Gallup began asking about presidential approval more than 70 years ago.
The rating is far below the final ratings of recent two-term presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan, who both ended their terms with a 68 percent approval rating, according to CBS News polling.
Recent one term presidents also had higher ratings than Mr. Bush. His father George H.W. Bush had an end-of-term rating of 54 percent, while Jimmy Carter’s rating was 44 percent.
Harry Truman had previously had the lowest end-of-term approval at 32 percent, as measured by Gallup.
Six percent of Democrats approve of Bush, 57% of Republicans, and 18% of independents.
Half of all Americans, when they look back on Mr. Bush’s eight years in office, believe he has been a poor president. Thirty-three percent think he has been an average president. Twelve percent say he has been a good president, and only 5 percent say he has been a very good president.Click here for reuse options!
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