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Bush Approval Rating Hits New Low: 31%

Ratings hit their lowest yet on war's 5th anniversary
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2008 6:41 AM CDT
Bush Approval Rating Hits New Low: 31%
George W. Bush's approval rating has sunk to a new low of 31%.   (AP Photo/Plinio Lepri)

(Newser) – More than two-thirds of Americans now think George W. Bush is doing a poor job, according to a new poll that pegged his approval rate at 31%—a new low. The director of the CNN poll noted that the hefty 40-point drop in Bush's approval ratings since the start of the Iraq war mirrors the plunge in Lyndon Johnson's popularity as the war in Vietnam dragged on.

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Bush's low, on the fifth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, is still higher than some of his predecessor's approval rates—his father's fell to 29% in July 1992 and Harry Truman's plunged to a woeful 22% in the last year of his presidency. "Lame-duck presidents presiding over unpopular wars or struggling economies have gotten low approval ratings in the past," an analyst said. (Read more approval ratings stories.)

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