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Rise and fall of Bush's popularity

George W Bush in 2001 and 2008
George W Bush in 2001 and 2008

Every US president's popularity among the American public is measured by approval ratings; opinion polls conducted weekly or monthly by a host of polling companies.

See below how George W Bush has fared in the eight years since he was first sworn in as president, in relation to key events that occurred during his presidency.

Although his popularity reached about 90% during 2001, his rating at the end of 2008 makes him one of the most unpopular presidents since polling began in the late 1930s.

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DateApprovalSource
25/01/200146%Fox
04/02/200157%Gallup
08/02/200155%Fox
11/02/200157%Gallup
12/02/200153%CBS
21/02/200162%Gallup
22/02/200161%Fox
07/03/200163%Gallup
11/03/200158%Gallup
12/03/200160%CBS
15/03/200156%Fox
28/03/200153%Gallup
29/03/200157%Fox
05/04/200153%CBS
08/04/200159%Gallup
19/04/200163%Fox
22/04/200162%Gallup
25/04/200156%CBS
09/05/200153%Gallup
10/05/200159%Fox
12/05/200157%CBS
14/05/200156%Gallup
20/05/200156%Gallup
07/06/200159%Fox
10/06/200155%Gallup
17/06/200155%Gallup
18/06/200153%CBS
01/07/200152%Gallup
11/07/200157%Gallup
12/07/200156%Fox
22/07/200156%Gallup
26/07/200159%Fox
05/08/200155%Gallup
12/08/200157%Gallup
19/08/200157%Gallup
23/08/200155%Fox
26/08/200155%Gallup
31/08/200150%CBS
10/09/200151%Gallup
12/09/200172%CBS
14/09/200184%CBS
15/09/200186%Gallup
20/09/200181%Fox
22/09/200190%Gallup
23/09/200189%CBS
04/10/200180%Fox
06/10/200187%Gallup
08/10/200190%CBS
09/10/200190%CBS
14/10/200189%Gallup
18/10/200184%Fox
21/10/200188%Gallup
28/10/200187%CBS
01/11/200184%Fox
04/11/200187%Gallup
11/11/200187%Gallup
14/11/200185%CBS
15/11/200188%Fox
27/11/200187%Gallup
29/11/200186%Fox
09/12/200186%Gallup
10/12/200186%CBS
13/12/200186%Fox
16/12/200186%Gallup
06/01/200284%CBS
09/01/200284%Gallup
10/01/200283%Fox
14/01/200283%Gallup
24/01/200282%CBS
27/01/200284%Gallup
31/01/200281%Fox
06/02/200282%Gallup
10/02/200282%Gallup
13/02/200281%Fox
26/02/200278%CBS
27/02/200277%Fox
03/03/200281%Gallup
07/03/200277%Gallup
09/03/200280%Gallup
13/03/200280%Fox
24/03/200279%Gallup
02/04/200277%CBS
03/04/200279%Fox
07/04/200276%Gallup
11/04/200275%Gallup
17/04/200276%Fox
18/04/200276%CBS
24/04/200277%Gallup
01/05/200272%Fox
01/05/200273%CBS
01/05/200277%Gallup
09/05/200276%Gallup
14/05/200277%CBS
15/05/200277%Fox
20/05/200271%CBS
22/05/200276%Gallup
29/05/200277%Gallup
05/06/200274%Fox
06/06/200270%Gallup
08/06/200274%Gallup
19/06/200273%Fox
19/06/200274%Gallup
20/06/200270%CBS
23/06/200273%Gallup
30/06/200276%Gallup
09/07/200274%CBS
10/07/200270%Fox
11/07/200273%Gallup
16/07/200270%CBS
23/07/200265%CBS
24/07/200269%Fox
24/07/200269%Gallup
28/07/200269%Gallup
31/07/200271%Gallup
07/08/200269%Fox
07/08/200266%CBS
08/08/200268%Gallup
21/08/200265%Gallup
04/09/200266%Gallup
05/09/200263%CBS
08/09/200266%Gallup
09/09/200266%Fox
16/09/200270%Gallup
22/09/200266%Gallup
23/09/200266%CBS
25/09/200265%Fox
26/09/200268%Gallup
05/10/200263%CBS
06/10/200267%Gallup
09/10/200266%Fox
17/10/200262%Gallup
22/10/200267%Gallup
23/10/200260%Fox
31/10/200262%CBS
03/11/200263%Gallup
04/11/200261%CBS
10/11/200268%Gallup
14/11/200266%Gallup
20/11/200268%Fox
24/11/200265%CBS
24/11/200265%Gallup
04/12/200265%Fox
08/12/200264%Gallup
10/12/200263%Gallup
17/12/200263%Gallup
18/12/200265%Fox
22/12/200261%Gallup
05/01/200363%Gallup
06/01/200364%CBS
12/01/200358%Gallup
15/01/200363%Fox
16/01/200361%Gallup
22/01/200359%CBS
22/01/200358%Gallup
25/01/200360%Gallup
30/01/200359%Fox
02/02/200361%Gallup
06/02/200363%CBS
06/02/200359%Gallup
09/02/200361%Gallup
12/02/200357%Fox
12/02/200354%CBS
19/02/200358%Gallup
25/02/200356%CBS
26/02/200355%Fox
26/02/200357%Gallup
05/03/200358%CBS
05/03/200357%Gallup
09/03/200356%CBS
12/03/200360%Fox
15/03/200358%Gallup
16/03/200358%CBS
21/03/200367%CBS
22/03/200368%CBS
23/03/200371%CBS
23/03/200371%Gallup
24/03/200370%CBS
25/03/200369%Gallup
26/03/200366%Fox
27/03/200368%CBS
30/03/200371%Gallup
03/04/200367%CBS
06/04/200370%Gallup
09/04/200371%Fox
09/04/200369%Gallup
13/04/200373%CBS
16/04/200371%Gallup
23/04/200365%Fox
23/04/200370%Gallup
27/04/200367%CBS
07/05/200365%Fox
07/05/200369%Gallup
12/05/200367%CBS
21/05/200364%Fox
21/05/200366%Gallup
28/05/200364%CBS
01/06/200364%Gallup
04/06/200366%Fox
10/06/200362%Gallup
13/06/200366%CBS
15/06/200363%Gallup
18/06/200365%Fox
29/06/200361%Gallup
01/07/200360%Fox
09/07/200360%CBS
09/07/200362%Gallup
16/07/200359%Fox
20/07/200359%Gallup
27/07/200358%Gallup
30/07/200359%Fox
06/08/200360%Gallup
12/08/200355%CBS
13/08/200357%Fox
26/08/200359%Gallup
28/08/200355%CBS
10/09/200358%Fox
10/09/200352%Gallup
16/09/200352%CBS
21/09/200350%Gallup
24/09/200350%Fox
01/10/200351%CBS
08/10/200355%Gallup
12/10/200356%Gallup
15/10/200352%Fox
21/10/200354%CBS
26/10/200353%Gallup
29/10/200353%Fox
05/11/200354%Gallup
12/11/200351%Gallup
13/11/200349%CBS
16/11/200350%Gallup
19/11/200352%Fox
04/12/200352%Fox
07/12/200355%Gallup
13/12/200352%CBS
14/12/200356%Gallup
15/12/200358%CBS
16/12/200363%Gallup
22/12/200360%CBS
05/01/200460%Gallup
08/01/200458%Fox
11/01/200459%Gallup
15/01/200450%CBS
15/01/200453%Gallup
22/01/200453%Fox
01/02/200449%Gallup
05/02/200453%Fox
08/02/200452%Gallup
12/02/200451%Gallup
15/02/200450%CBS
17/02/200451%Gallup
19/02/200448%Fox
27/02/200447%CBS
04/03/200448%Fox
07/03/200449%Gallup
11/03/200450%Gallup
14/03/200451%CBS
24/03/200447%Fox
28/03/200453%Gallup
01/04/200449%CBS
07/04/200449%Fox
08/04/200452%Gallup
18/04/200452%Gallup
22/04/200450%Fox
27/04/200446%CBS
04/05/200449%Gallup
05/05/200449%Fox
09/05/200446%Gallup
11/05/200444%CBS
19/05/200448%Fox
23/05/200441%CBS
23/05/200447%Gallup
06/06/200449%Gallup
09/06/200448%Fox
23/06/200449%Fox
23/06/200448%Gallup
27/06/200442%CBS
11/07/200447%Gallup
15/07/200445%CBS
21/07/200447%Fox
21/07/200449%Gallup
31/07/200447%Gallup
01/08/200444%CBS
01/08/200448%Gallup
04/08/200444%Fox
11/08/200451%Gallup
18/08/200446%CBS
25/08/200451%Fox
25/08/200449%Gallup
05/09/200452%Gallup
08/09/200449%Fox
08/09/200450%CBS
15/09/200452%Gallup
16/09/200450%CBS
22/09/200450%Fox
22/09/200448%CBS
26/09/200454%Gallup
03/10/200447%CBS
03/10/200450%Gallup
04/10/200453%Fox
10/10/200447%Gallup
11/10/200443%CBS
14/10/200448%Gallup
16/10/200451%Gallup
17/10/200444%CBS
18/10/200449%Fox
24/10/200451%Gallup
28/10/200448%Fox
29/10/200447%Fox
30/10/200447%Fox
30/10/200449%CBS
31/10/200447%Fox
31/10/200448%Gallup
10/11/200453%Gallup
17/11/200453%Fox
21/11/200451%CBS
21/11/200455%Gallup
08/12/200453%Gallup
15/12/200448%Fox
19/12/200449%Gallup
05/01/200552%Gallup
09/01/200552%Gallup
12/01/200552%Fox
16/01/200551%Gallup
18/01/200549%CBS
26/01/200550%Fox
06/02/200557%Gallup
09/02/200551%Fox
10/02/200549%Gallup
24/02/200551%Gallup
27/02/200552%Gallup
28/02/200549%CBS
02/03/200552%Fox
10/03/200552%Gallup
20/03/200552%Gallup
22/03/200543%CBS
23/03/200545%Gallup
30/03/200549%Fox
02/04/200548%Gallup
07/04/200550%Gallup
16/04/200544%CBS
21/04/200548%Gallup
26/04/200547%Fox
01/05/200548%Gallup
05/05/200550%Gallup
22/05/200546%Gallup
24/05/200546%CBS
26/05/200548%Gallup
08/06/200547%Gallup
15/06/200548%Fox
15/06/200542%CBS
19/06/200547%Gallup
26/06/200545%Gallup
30/06/200546%Gallup
10/07/200549%Gallup
13/07/200547%Fox
24/07/200549%Gallup
27/07/200547%Fox
28/07/200544%Gallup
02/08/200545%CBS
07/08/200545%Gallup
11/08/200545%Gallup
25/08/200540%Gallup
30/08/200545%Gallup
31/08/200545%Fox
31/08/200541%CBS
07/09/200542%CBS
11/09/200546%Gallup
13/09/200541%CBS
14/09/200541%Fox
15/09/200545%Gallup
18/09/200540%Gallup
28/09/200545%Fox
28/09/200545%Gallup
05/10/200537%CBS
12/10/200540%Fox
16/10/200539%Gallup
23/10/200542%Gallup
26/10/200541%Fox
26/10/200541%Gallup
30/10/200541%Gallup
01/11/200535%CBS
09/11/200536%Fox
10/11/200540%Gallup
13/11/200537%Gallup
20/11/200538%Gallup
30/11/200542%Fox
06/12/200540%CBS
08/12/200543%Gallup
11/12/200542%Gallup
14/12/200542%Fox
18/12/200541%Gallup
22/12/200543%Gallup
08/01/200641%CBS
08/01/200643%Gallup
11/01/200642%Fox
12/01/200643%Gallup
22/01/200643%Gallup
25/01/200641%Fox
25/01/200642%CBS
08/02/200644%Fox
09/02/200642%Gallup
12/02/200639%Gallup
26/02/200634%CBS
01/03/200639%Fox
01/03/200638%Gallup
12/03/200634%CBS
12/03/200636%Gallup
15/03/200639%Fox
16/03/200637%Gallup
05/04/200636%Fox
09/04/200637%CBS
09/04/200637%Gallup
13/04/200636%Gallup
19/04/200633%Fox
30/04/200633%CBS
30/04/200634%Gallup
03/05/200638%Fox
07/05/200631%Gallup
08/05/200631%CBS
11/05/200633%Gallup
17/05/200635%CBS
18/05/200635%Fox
04/06/200636%Gallup
11/06/200633%CBS
11/06/200638%Gallup
14/06/200640%Fox
25/06/200637%Gallup
28/06/200641%Fox
09/07/200640%Gallup
12/07/200636%Fox
23/07/200637%Gallup
25/07/200636%CBS
30/07/200640%Gallup
09/08/200636%Fox
10/08/200637%Gallup
13/08/200636%CBS
20/08/200642%Gallup
21/08/200636%CBS
30/08/200638%Fox
10/09/200639%Gallup
13/09/200640%Fox
17/09/200644%Gallup
19/09/200637%CBS
27/09/200642%Fox
08/10/200634%CBS
08/10/200637%Gallup
11/10/200640%Fox
12/10/200637%Gallup
22/10/200637%Gallup
25/10/200640%Fox
31/10/200634%CBS
05/11/200638%Fox
05/11/200638%Gallup
12/11/200633%Gallup
13/11/200634%CBS
06/12/200638%Fox
10/12/200631%CBS
10/12/200638%Gallup
14/12/200635%Gallup
03/01/200730%CBS
07/01/200737%Gallup
14/01/200734%Gallup
17/01/200735%Fox
18/01/200736%Gallup
21/01/200728%CBS
31/01/200738%Fox
04/02/200732%Gallup
11/02/200732%CBS
11/02/200737%Gallup
14/02/200735%Fox
27/02/200729%CBS
28/02/200734%Fox
04/03/200733%Gallup
11/03/200734%CBS
14/03/200735%Gallup
25/03/200734%Gallup
27/03/200730%CBS
28/03/200733%Fox
05/04/200738%Gallup
12/04/200731%CBS
15/04/200736%Gallup
18/04/200738%Fox
24/04/200732%CBS
06/05/200734%Gallup
13/05/200733%Gallup
16/05/200734%Fox
23/05/200730%CBS
03/06/200732%Gallup
06/06/200734%Fox
14/06/200732%Gallup
27/06/200731%Fox
28/06/200727%CBS
08/07/200729%Gallup
15/07/200731%Gallup
17/07/200729%CBS
18/07/200732%Fox
22/07/200730%CBS
05/08/200734%Gallup
12/08/200729%CBS
16/08/200732%Gallup
22/08/200733%Fox
08/09/200730%CBS
08/09/200733%Gallup
12/09/200737%Fox
16/09/200729%CBS
16/09/200736%Gallup
26/09/200734%Fox
07/10/200732%Gallup
10/10/200735%Fox
14/10/200732%Gallup
16/10/200730%CBS
24/10/200735%Fox
04/11/200731%Gallup
14/11/200736%Fox
14/11/200732%Gallup
02/12/200734%Gallup
09/12/200728%CBS
09/12/200737%Gallup
16/12/200732%Gallup
19/12/200736%Fox
06/01/200832%Gallup
12/01/200829%CBS
13/01/200834%Gallup
31/01/200833%Fox
02/02/200827%CBS
02/02/200834%Gallup
10/02/200833%Gallup
14/02/200831%Gallup
20/02/200832%Fox
24/02/200830%CBS
24/02/200832%Gallup
09/03/200832%Gallup
16/03/200832%Gallup
18/03/200829%CBS
19/03/200830%Fox
02/04/200828%CBS
09/04/200828%Gallup
20/04/200828%Gallup
29/04/200832%Fox
29/04/200828%CBS
03/05/200828%CBS
03/05/200828%Gallup
11/05/200829%Gallup
01/06/200828%Gallup
03/06/200825%CBS
12/06/200830%Gallup
18/06/200829%Fox
19/06/200828%Gallup
13/07/200831%Gallup
14/07/200828%CBS
23/07/200827%Fox
27/07/200832%Gallup
05/08/200825%CBS
10/08/200833%Gallup
20/08/200828%Fox
20/08/200828%CBS
23/08/200829%Gallup
07/09/200833%Gallup
09/09/200832%Fox
11/09/200831%Gallup
16/09/200827%CBS
23/09/200826%Fox
24/09/200826%CBS
27/09/200827%Gallup
30/09/200822%CBS
05/10/200822%CBS
05/10/200825%Gallup
09/10/200825%Fox
12/10/200825%Gallup
13/10/200824%CBS
21/10/200828%Fox
22/10/200822%CBS
26/10/200831%Gallup
29/10/200829%Fox
29/10/200822%CBS
02/11/200826%Fox
02/11/200820%CBS
09/11/200828%Gallup
16/11/200829%Gallup

This data was collated by independent polling resource website PollingReport.com Full data from these and other polls can be found on the dedicated page President Bush: Job Ratings . The BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites.

FOX NEWS/OPINION DYNAMICS POLL: Question: "Do you approve or disapprove of the job George W Bush is doing as president?" Size of sample: 900 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error: ± 3

CBS NEWS: Question: "Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W Bush is handling his job as president?" Size of sample = 1,390 adults nationwide. Margin of error: ± 3

GALLUP POLL: Question: "Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W Bush is handling his job as president?" Size of sample: Approx. 1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error: n/a




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