Bush's approval rating sinks lower: poll
ABC News | August 31 2005
President George W Bush's approval rating sank to an all time low of 45 per cent, in a Washington Post-ABC poll published today that also said he could do more to ease soaring gasoline prices.
The August 25-28 survey of 1,006 adults with a three per cent margin of error found that 53 per cent of Americans disapproved of how Mr Bush was handling his job as president.
Only 45 per cent approved of his performance, the lowest approval rating ever recorded for Bush in the Post-ABC survey since he took office in January 2001.
Besides his job in Iraq, which 42 per cent approved and 57 per cent did not, the rising gasoline prices were also to blame for Mr Bush's loss in popularity.
By a margin of 73-22 per cent, people disapproved of Mr Bush's handling of the gasoline crisis, while 60 per cent said there were steps he could take to reduce fuel prices, which are headed higher still after Hurricane Katrina's damage to southern US refineries. Only 36 per cent said gas prices were not his fault.
Mr Bush also received negative ratings for his handling of immigration (57 per cent disapproved, 33 per cent approved), the economy (54-44 per cent) and social security (52-40 per cent).
Only the president's job in fighting terrorism met with the majority's approval, 56 per cent against 43 per cent who disapproved.
On the Iraq war, 53 per cent of those surveyed said it was not worth fighting compared to 46 per cent who thought it was, but 54 per cent believed US troops should stay in Iraq against 44 per cent who said they should be withdrawn.
For 68 per cent, the US casualties of the Iraq war (close to 1,900 deaths) were unacceptable, while only 30 per cent thought they were an acceptable cost of the war