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Presidential Ratings - Job Approval

Dr. George Gallup pioneered public evaluation of presidents with President Roosevelt in the 1930s. Since then, the basic question, "Do you approve or disapprove of the way [name of president] is handling his job as president?" has become the standard in political polling. (*) denotes a one-night poll where the margin of error = +/- 4 pct. pts., with additional possible error due to limations of polls conducted in only one night.

GEORGE W. BUSH

Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president?

Approve
%
Disapprove
%
No opinion
%
2001
87 9 4 01 Nov. 8-11
87 9 4 01 Nov. 2-4
88 9 3 01 Oct. 19-21
89 8 3 01 Oct. 11-14
87 10 3 01 Oct. 5-6
90 6 4 01 Sep. 21-22
86 10 4 01 Sep. 14-15
51 39 10 01 Sep. 7-10
55 36 9 01 Aug. 24-26
57 34 9 01 Aug. 16-19
57 35 8 01 Aug. 10-12
55 35 10 01 Aug. 3-5
56 33 11 01 Jul. 19-22
57 35 8 01 Jul. 10-11
52 34 14 01 Jun. 28-Jul 1
55 33 12 01 Jun 11-17
55 35 10 01 Jun. 8-10
56 36 8 01 May 18-20
56 31 13 01 May 10-14
53 33 14 01 May 7-9
62 29 9 01 Apr. 20-22
59 30 11 01 Apr. 6-8
53 29 18 01 Mar. 26-28
58 29 13 01 Mar. 9-11
63 22 15 01 Mar. 5-7
62 21 17 01 Feb. 19-21
57 25 18 01 Feb. 9-11
57 25 18 01 Feb. 1-4

How does Bush compare to past presidents?

OVERALL PRESIDENTIAL APPROVAL RATINGS 1953-2001

Average High Low
Kennedy 70% 83% 56%
Eisenhower 65 79 48
Bush 61 89 29
Clinton 55 73 37
Johnson 55 79 35
Reagan 53 65 35
Nixon 49 67 24
Ford 47 71 37
Carter 45 74 28

FORMER PRESIDENTS -- FULL TREND


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