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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Bush’s 69% Job Disapproval Rating Highest in Gallup History

Truman had 67% in 1952

by Frank Newport

PRINCETON, NJ -- President George W. Bush's disapproval rating is at 69% -- which is not only the highest of the Bush administration, but the highest disapproval rating in Gallup Poll history.

President Bush's approval rating now is at 28%, which ties for the lowest of his administration, but is not the lowest in Gallup Poll history. Harry Truman reached a 23% approval rating in 1951 and in 1952, and Richard Nixon had two 24% job approval scores in 1974.

In other words, although Bush's disapproval rating is the highest in Gallup history, his approval rating is not the lowest. This seeming anomaly is mostly because of differences over the years in the percentage of respondents who say "don't know/no opinion" when asked to rate a president.

Harry Truman's two 23% approval ratings were accompanied by 61% and 67% disapproval ratings, leaving 16% and 10% of those interviewed who did not offer an opinion about his job performance. Richard Nixon's two 24% job approval ratings in 1974 were paired with 63% and 66% disapproval ratings, leaving 13% and 10% with no opinion.

In the most recent poll for Bush, his approval rating is 28% while his disapproval rating is 69%, leaving only 3.5% (rounded to 4%) who don't have an opinion.



That's the response of the president, vice president, congress, presidential candidates, and the media to public opinion.

Has the fact that Bush is among the most reviled officeholders in history -- or that the Iraq invasion and occupation is deeply unpopular -- changed anything in the respective performance of these institutions?

No. Nor should it according to the "Principles of the Imperial New World Order":

Underlying the consolidation of the principles of the Imperial New World Order is the global decline of substantive democracy, as the global political elites have been able to do what they want in service to their interests—the holy trinity of the neoliberal program, militarization, and power-projection—in the face of widespread opposition on the part of the underlying populations. This had a dramatic manifestation in a recent exchange between ABC - TV News correspondent Martha Raddatz and Vice President Dick Cheney. Asked what he thinks about the two-thirds of the American public that says the Iraq war is "not worth fighting," Cheney replied: "So?"[35] The contempt for what the public wants and the widely held belief among the politicians in charge about the public's irrelevance—except as workers, consumers, and as a field whose votes can be harvested once every election cycle—could hardly be more blatant.

-- Edward S. Herman and David Peterson, ZNet


Out of Control

or how to achieve 69% disapproval

you see, now this is the reason I tried to ignore politics for all these years.

Corruption in the past I'm somewhat familiar with, and lived near a city (Troy, NY) which was rife with it back in the Civil War, in fact it grew to be the second largest city in the US during that conflict. Contractors would send on worthless stuff to the Union soldiers, and it was a factor in their poor battlefield performances.

But I never heard of giving $300 million dollars to a couple of kids. That's a new one. You have to go back to Caligula or Chinese warlords for that kind of stuff, and even then it would be hard to find a specific example as bold or senseless.
So the corruption is not quite unprecedented...but the disaster that follows likely will be.
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