04/05/2005: Mandate? What mandate? Political capital? Didn't you already borrow on that, George?
An interesting piece from Editor and Publisher: Gallup: Bush Approval Rating Lowest Ever for 2nd-Term Prez at this Point
It's not uncommon to hear or read pundits referring to President George W. Bush as a "popular" leader or even a "very popular" one. Even some of his critics in the press refer to him this way. Perhaps they need to check the latest polls.Here are the actual numbers, if you're interested:
President Bush's approval rating has plunged to the lowest level of any president since World War II at this point in his second term, the Gallup Organization reported today.
"All other presidents who were re-elected to a second term had approval ratings well above 50% in the March following their re-election," Gallup reported.
Bush's current rating is 45%. The next lowest was Reagan with 56% in March 1985.
Truman, 1949: 57%
Eisenhower, 1957: 65%
Johnson, 1965: 69%
Nixon, 1973: 57%
Reagan, 1985: 56%
Clinton, 1997: 59%
Bush, 2005: 45%
Len on 04.05.05 @ 06:38 PM CST