- (AFP) -- President George W Bush's job approval rating
has touched a new low of 34%, according to a new survey. New York - President
George W Bush's job approval rating has touched a new low of 34%, according
to a US survey published on Thursday by Harris Interactive.
- While one in three Americans rated Bush's performance
in the White house as "positive," 65% said it was "only
fair" or "poor," the poll showed.
- Bush's approval rating has been slipping from 50% when
he was re-elected in November 2004, to 45% in June to 40% in August of
this year, according to the New York-based pollster.
- In 2001, at the start of his first four-year term, Bush
enjoyed a 56% approval rating, which shot up to 88% after the September
11, 2001 attacks in the United States.
- In April 2003, as the United States geared up for an
invasion of Iraq, 70% of Americans approved of the Republican president's
job performance, but his approval ratings had been steadily falling for
- Compared with other two-term presidents at a similar
point in their mandates, Bush is now slightly more popular than Richard
Nixon's 29% approval rating.
- At the end of their fifth year in office, Lyndon Johnson
had a 67% rating, Ronald Reagan 66% and Bill Clinton 58%.
- In the latest Harris survey, Vice President Dick Cheney
fared even worse than his boss, with just 30% of Americans believing he
was doing a good job, down from 35% in August.
- Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld matched Bush with a
34% approval rating, sliding from 40% in the previous poll.
- Sixty-eight of those polled said the country was on the
"wrong track," while 27% said it was headed in the "right
- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice remains the public's
favourite in the Bush administration, but her star is also falling, to
52% from 57% in August.
- The telephone survey of 1 011 Americans was conducted
between November 8 and 13.