Chimpy is now polling lower than any president in the 20-year history of the Bluegrass Poll.
With the war in Iraq going badly, President Bush’s approval rating in Kentucky is the lowest of his presidency, according to a Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll — and the lowest of any U.S. president since the poll first asked such a question in 1987.
The most recent poll found that 55 percent of those questioned disapprove of the job Bush is doing, while 43 percent approve. And 60 percent say they don’t like the way Bush has handled the war in Iraq.
Bush’s previous job-approval low was 50 percent, in September 2005, the last time the Bluegrass Poll asked the question statewide. And this marks the first time that a majority of those questioned said they disapproved of his performance.
Among all presidents since 1987, Bill Clinton had the previous low, with 46 percent approval in June 1994.
For Bush, the poll found, it doesn’t matter if you’re black, white, educated, uneducated, rural or citified; if you live in Kentucky, chances are you don’t like the way he is handling his job or the war in Iraq.
Despite the fact that a majority doesn’t like the way Bush has handled the war, 54 percent of poll respondents said they support the presence of U.S. military personnel in Iraq. But 61 percent say they oppose the president’s plan to increase by 21,500 the number of troops there.