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Bush Presidency At 61% Disapproval

January 14, 2009

President Bush has said repeatedly that he leaves the White House with his head held high.  One has to wonder what it would actually take for him to be embarrassed?

Only Richard Nixon was explicitly less popular at the time of his exit than Bush is today. Gallup’s final approval polling on Nixon, in which 24% of Americans said they approved of the job he was doing, was conducted Aug. 2-5, 1974, less than a week before Nixon resigned from office over the Watergate break-in political scandal.

Those with the highest job approval at the conclusion of their presidencies were all two-term presidents: Bill Clinton, with 66% approval; Ronald Reagan, with 63%; and Dwight Eisenhower, with 59%. However, even two presidents who were rebuffed by voters in their efforts to seek a second term — George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford — received majority approval in their final days. Close to half of Americans also approved of the job Lyndon Johnson was doing in the final days of his administration.

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