Almost as unpopular as Nixon. Well, by the time Bush is out office he will probably have finished redeeming Nixon all by himself.
The level of incompetence and failure that he represents is that large. If only Tricky Dick was still alive to see how his reputation is being repaired.
At this point, even if Bush pulls Bin Laden out of a rabbit’s hat and has him executed in front of the world, Saddam style, he’ll surely get a boost in the polls but it would not be significant.
The catastrophe in Iraq, which Bush is directly responsible for, will remain unaffected even with a Bin Laden capture.
The American people have come full circle on the war and finally realized that it is a complete disaster and that the cost in dollars, US and Iraqi lives is not worth it and an immediate end to this tragedy is needed.
BUSH HITS IRAQ BOTTOM
By NILES LATHEM Post Correspondent
January 29, 2007 — President Bush, battered by the war in Iraq, has become one of the least-popular presidents in the country’s history, new polls reveal.
According to a CBS News poll, his approval rating is down to a paltry 28 percent.
Newsweek’s survey gives him a slightly better 30 percent and the latest Gallup Poll says 31 percent of Americans approve of the way he’s doing his job.
Not since Jimmy Carter and the Iran hostage crisis, or Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal, has a modern president gotten such dismal numbers.
Carter’s approval rating at his lowest point in the polls was 26 percent, according to CBS. Nixon’s was 24 percent, according to Gallup.
The Nixon poll was conducted in August 1974, just days before he became the only president to resign from office.
Bush is so unpopular that more than half the country wishes he would leave office now. The explosive Newsweek survey, released yesterday, says 58 percent of Americans would be happy to see him step down immediately.
That feeling is shared by 86 percent of the Democrats surveyed, 59 percent of independents and even 21 percent of Republicans.
Newsweek reported that 53 percent of Americans said they believe history will judge Bush as a below-average president.
Bush’s albatross is the war in Iraq, pollsters said.
So deep is America’s frustration over the conflict that Bush needs a home run – like the capture of Osama bin Laden – just to get his approval ratings back in the 40s.
“Our data show that at this point, speeches are not going to make much difference,” said Frank Newport, editor of the Gallup Poll.
“The data show that he will need to present some demonstrable evidence that things are getting better in Iraq.”
Only 22 percent of those polled by Newsweek think Bush’s decisions about Iraq are influenced mainly by the facts.
Nearly 70 percent say his decisions have been influenced more by his personal beliefs.
The Bush presidency will almost certainly be a study of highs and lows.
After enjoying a 90 percent approval rating after 9/11 – the highest short-term rating of any president in history – Bush sank to a low of 28 percent last week, just days before his State of the Union Address, according to the CBS figures. That’s the biggest fluctuation in presidential popularity since polls have been taken, Newport said.
Bush’s father, George H.W Bush, saw his popularity plummet during his single White House term.
The older Bush’s approval rating peaked at 89 percent after the first Gulf War, then fell to 29 percent amid a foundering economy.
But the elder Bush finished his presidency months later with a respectable 56 percent rating.
Gallup poll data show that President John F. Kennedy had the highest sustained approval ratings in modern history, consistently scoring in the 60s and 70s in his abbreviated tenure.
The only other modern president whose popularity stayed consistently above 50 percent was Dwight Eisenhower.
Even Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, two of the most popular presidents of recent times, experienced low ratings early in their administrations.
“It’s just not possible to stay popular every day for eight years,” said presidential scholar Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia. “At some point, something is going to happen or you are going to do something to make you unpopular.”
Clinton left office with a 66 percent approval rating and Reagan with a 63 percent approval rating.
Their popularity remained high even during Reagan’s Iran-Contra scandal and Clinton’s Monica Lewinsky embarrassment.
Bush is enjoying no such support. According to the Newsweek survey, 71 percent of Americans view him as an ineffectual “lame duck.”
In the same poll, 64 percent of Americans said Congress has not been assertive enough in challenging the Bush administration’s conduct of the war.