A USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday shows that a solid majority of Americans, 55%, now judge Bush’s presidency to be a failure.
When Gallup asked in 1993 whether the first President Bush’s tenure was a success or failure, 53% called it a success even though he had been defeated for re-election a year before. During Clinton’s presidency, a majority never called his tenure a failure. Only once, after the health care debacle in 1994, did a plurality say it was a failure, by 50%-44%.
In January 1999, after he had been impeached by the House and was awaiting a Senate trial, 71% called Clinton’s tenure a success.