Gallup Daily: Bush Job Approval
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Each result is based on a three-day rolling average
On Oct. 31, Gallup began tracking daily the percentage of Americans who approve or disapprove of the job George W. Bush is doing as president. For the long-term trend, click here.
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Historically, lame-duck presidents have received higher approval ratings in their last weeks in office than prior to the elections that chose their successors. George H.W. Bush (+22 points) and Ronald Reagan (+12) had the largest increases. George W. Bush’s rating has increased 4 points since the election.
Sixty-nine percent of Americans favor Barack Obama’s choice of Hillary Clinton for secretary of state and 80% approve of his decision to keep Robert Gates on as secretary of defense. More generally, 78% approve of the way Obama is handling his transition, a better rating than Bill Clinton or George W. Bush received.
George W. Bush averaged just 29.4% job approval for his 31st quarter in office, spanning July 20-Oct. 19. This is just slightly better than his 29.0% average rating in the prior quarter, but is still one of the worst Gallup has measured since 1945.
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President Trump faces a highly polarized nation, as did Obama and Bush before him. How he can most effectively deal with this divided nation remains his biggest challenge.
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