Washington: Approval rating of US President George W. Bush, now on the last leg of his second term, has reached an all-time low in modern opinion polls since 1938, with a record number of Americans saying the country is on the “wrong track”.
Given the growing economic discontent, rising cost of fuel, atop the unpopular Iraq war, Bush’s job approval rating has sunk to a new low in the latest ABC/Washington Post polls, 29%.
Sixty-eight per cent of Americans now disapprove, the highest in any presidential approval poll dating to Gallup’s first in 1938 (surpassing Harry Truman’s 67% disapproval and Richard Nixon’s 66%), the poll said.
Fifty-four per cent “strongly” disapprove, a new high, dwarfing the 10% who strongly approve. Among other groups, Bush is at record lows in his own party and among conservatives.
Separately, and for the same reasons, a remarkable 84% of Americans who took part in the polls say the country is seriously off on the wrong track, a record high in polls since the early 1970s.
The previous high was 83% in June 1992, the summer before Bush’s father lost re-election amid broad economic discontent. It was 82% in May.
Bush is expected to end his two terms as US President on 20 January, 2009 when the winner of the 4 November general election- either Republican nominee John McCain or Democrat Barack Obama - will succeed him.
The poll found that 77% of Americans say their president should meet with leaders of hostile foreign nations, rejecting the argument that this could reward their behaviour and make the US look weak. And 63% continue to say the war in Iraq was not worth fighting, with just 38% saying the US is winning there.