Quarterly Ponies

Chimpy isbreathing down Truman’s neck.

George Bush’s approval rating averaged 33.2 percent in the 27th quarter of his presidency, one of the lowest among U.S. presidents since World War II.

Five of the 11 presidents have had a sixth year in office. Of those five, only Harry Truman was more unpopular at this point in his presidency, the Gallup Organization said.


Esteem for Dwight Eisenhower and Bill Clinton remained high in their second terms. Eisenhower’s approval rating averaged 65.3 percent in his 27th quarter and Clinton’s at 59.7 percent. Ronald Reagan, battered by the Iran-Contra scandal, had a 47 percent approval rating.