Bush Reaches Historic Low
He gets higher disapproval ratings than Truman, Nixon
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted May 1, 2008 6:55 PM CDT
President Bush makes a point during a speech at the Hartford Boys and Girls Club in Hartford, Conn., Friday, April 25, 2008.    (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – George Bush is the most unpopular president in modern history with a 71% disapproval rating, a new CNN poll says. It's the first time any president has cracked the 70% mark in any CNN or Gallup poll—even Nixon remained in the mid-60s on the eve of his resignation in 1974. The previous record belonged to Harry Truman at 67%.

"Support for the war, the assessment of the economy and approval of Mr. Bush are all about the same—bad," said one political analyst. The rating is distinct from Bush's approval rating of 28%, which is not a record low. Truman and Nixon reached 24% and 22% respectively.