Chimpy sets an all-time low job approval rating in the newAP-IPSOS poll [pdf]:
Bush Job Approval
Approve: 30% (-4, all-time low)
Disapprove: 66% (+3, ties all-time high)
Direction of Country
Right Track: 25% (-2)
Wrong Track: 71% (+3)
It’s almost as if people can barely stand the thought of President Bush and Congress anymore. Bush reached his lowest approval rating in The Associated Press-Ipsos poll on Friday as only 30 percent said they like the job he is doing, including an all-time low in his support by Republicans. Congress’ approval fell to just 22 percent, equaling its poorest grade in the survey. Both marks dropped by 4 percentage points since early January.
The dour public mood seems to chiefly reflect distress over the doddering economy, which has seen job cuts, financial market slides and real estate losses stoke recession fears. Bush’s approval for handling the economy dove to 29 percent, a slide of 4 percentage points in a month and matching his low on that issue, with noticeable slumps among middle-income people, Southerners and city residents.
Just 61 percent of Republicans gave Bush positive reviews; his previous low was 65 percent last month. Only 28 percent of them expressed strong approval.
About one in 10 Democrats and three in 10 independents gave Bush positive marks.
Bush’s previous overall low in the AP-Ipsos poll came in November when his approval rating was 31 percent. His current level is essentially even with that.
Congress also hit 22 percent in October. It usually has lower ratings than the president because it is an institution people love to criticize. Many have negative views of Congress while still supporting their own House and Senate members.