Friday, August 26, 2005

Bush Approval Rating Continues to Circle the Drain

I found these historical ratings to be an interesting point of comparison

Approval Ratings for Second-Term Presidents the Summer After Re-election

Harry Truman: 58%
Dwight Eisenhower: 63
Lyndon B. Johnson: 65
Richard Nixon: 34
Ronald Reagan: 61
Bill Clinton: 61
George W. Bush: 43

Forty-three percent was Bush's average rating over three Gallup polls conducted this month. His approval rating in the most recent of the three polls was a mere 40% -- right down there in Richard Nixon territory.
Nixon, despite his paranoia, egomania, etc., was self-aware enough to resign the presidency when the picture got convincingly bleak.