Politics

George W. Bush Job Approval at 57%

New poll updates public's view of Bush on issues and personal characteristics

GALLUP NEWS SERVICE

PRINCETON, NJ -- A new CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll conducted July 10-11, 2001 updates the public's evaluation of George W. Bush's job performance on a variety of issues, and Americans' ratings of Bush on selected personal characteristics and dimensions.

Bush's overall job approval is now at 57%, little changed from his average rating since early May, but up slightly from the 52% rating he received in Gallup's last poll, conducted June 28-July 1.
Bush Job Approval
Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president?

The following graphs and tables display the public's rating of Bush on more specific issues and dimensions.

Approval of Bush As A Person
Apart from whether you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president, what do you think of Bush as a person? Would you say you approve or disapprove of him?
Bush Job Approval on The Economy
Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling – the economy?
Bush Job Approval on Foreign Affairs
Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling - foreign affairs?
Bush Job Approval on Energy
Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling – energy?
Bush Job Approval on Taxes
Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling – taxes?
Bush Job Approval on Education
Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling – education?
Bush Job Approval on Campaign Finance
Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling – campaign finance?
Bush Job Approval on the Environment
Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling – the environment?
Bush Job Approval on Social Security
Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling – Social Security?

BUSH JOB APPROVAL SUMMARY TABLE

 

2001 Jul 10-11
(sorted by "approve")

Approve

Disapprove

%

%

Overall Job Approval

57

35

Education

63

25

Taxes

60

33

The economy

54

36

Foreign affairs

54

33

Prescription drugs for older Americans

52

28

Patient's bill of rights

51

28

Social Security

49

35

The environment

46

42

Government support for faith-based organizations

46

32

Energy

45

44

Campaign finance

37

40



BUSH CHARACTERISTICS SUMMARY TABLE

 

2001 Jul 10-11
(sorted by "applies")


Applies


Doesn't apply

%

%

Is tough enough for the job

69

28

Is honest and trustworthy

66

31

Is a strong and decisive leader

57

40

Cares about the needs of people like you

57

40

Shares your values

56

40



Survey Methods

These results are based on telephone interviews with a randomly selected national sample of 998 adults, 18 years and older, conducted July 10-11, 2001. For results based on this sample, one can say with 95 percent confidence that the maximum error attributable to sampling and other random effects is plus or minus 3 percentage points. In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.

Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president?

 

 

 

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

 

%

%

%

       

2001 Jul 10-11

57

35

8

       

2001 Jun 28-Jul 1

52

34

14

2001 Jun 11-17

55

33

12

2001 Jun 8-10

55

35

10

2001 May 18-20

56

36

8

2001 May 10-14

56

31

13

2001 May 7-9

53

33

14

2001 Apr 20-22

62

29

9

2001 Apr 6-8

59

30

11

2001 Mar 26-28

53

29

18

2001 Mar 9-11

58

29

13

2001 Mar 5-7

63

22

15

2001 Feb 19-21

62

21

17

2001 Feb 9-11

57

25

18

2001 Feb 1-4

57

25

18



Apart from whether you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president, what do you think of Bush as a person? Would you say you approve or disapprove of him?

 

 

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

 

%

%

%

       

2001 Jul 10-11

70

25

5

       

2001 Feb 9-11

65

27

8

2001 Jan 5-7 ^

60

33

7

2000 Aug 4-5 †

73

19

8

       

^

WORDING: Apart from whether you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his transition to the presidency, what do you think of Bush as a person? Would you say you approve or disapprove of him?

WORDING: Apart from whether you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as governor of Texas, what do you think of Bush as a person? Would you say you approve or disapprove of him?



BILL CLINTON APPROVAL TREND

 

 

As a person

Job approval

             
 

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

 

%

%

%

%

%

%

             

2001 Jan 5-7

41

54

5

65

31

4

2000 Jul 14-16

36

59

5

59

37

4

2000 Apr 28-30

29

63

8

59

39

2

2000 Mar 10-12

35

59

6

63

34

3

2000 Feb 25-27

32

63

5

57

39

4

2000 Jan 17-19

36

59

5

62

35

3

2000 Jan 7-10

31

64

5

63

35

2

1999 Oct 8-10

35

62

3

56

39

5

             

BILL CLINTON WORDING: Apart from whether you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Clinton is handling his job as president, what do you think of Clinton as a person? Would you say you approve or disapprove of him?



Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling -- [ROTATED]? How about -- ?

A. The economy

 

 

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

 

%

%

%

       

2001 Jul 10-11

54

36

10

       

2001 May 18-20

51

41

8

2001 Apr 20-22 ^

55

38

7

2001 Mar 9-11

55

32

13

2001 Feb 1-4

53

27

20



B. Foreign affairs

 

 

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

 

%

%

%

       

2001 Jul 10-11

54

33

13

       

2001 May 18-20

55

35

10

2001 Apr 20-22 ^

56

31

13

2001 Mar 9-11

52

27

21

2001 Feb 1-4

46

21

33



C. Campaign finance

 

 

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

 

%

%

%

       

2001 Jul 10-11

37

40

23

       

2001 Mar 9-11

38

36

26



D. Education

 

 

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

 

%

%

%

       

2001 Jul 10-11

63

25

12

       

2001 Apr 20-22 ^

62

28

10

2001 Mar 9-11

65

22

13



E. Energy

 

 

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

 

%

%

%

       

2001 Jul 10-11

45

44

11

       

2001 May 18-20

41

51

8

2001 Apr 20-22 ^

43

45

12



F. The environment

 

 

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

 

%

%

%

       

2001 Jul 10-11

46

42

12

       

2001 Apr 20-22 ^

46

44

10



G. Government support for faith-based organizations

 

 

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

       

2001 Jul 10-11

46%

32

22



H. Prescription drugs for older Americans

 

 

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

       

2001 Jul 10-11

52%

28

20



I. Patient's bill of rights

 

 

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

       

2001 Jul 10-11

51%

28

21



J. Social Security

 

 

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

       

2001 Jul 10-11

49%

35

16

       

2001 Mar 9-11

49%

31

20



K. Taxes

 

 

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

 

%

%

%

       

2001 Jul 10-11

60

33

7

       

2001 Apr 20-22 ^

54

39

7

2001 Mar 9-11

56

35

9

       
       

^ Based on half sample.



Thinking about the following characteristics and qualities, please say whether you think it applies or doesn't apply to George W. Bush. How about – [ROTATED]?

A. Shares your values

 

 

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

 

%

%

%

       

2001 Jul 10-11

56

40

4

       

2001 Apr 20-22

58

39

3

2001 Feb 9-11

57

39

4

2000 Mar 10-12

52

41

7

2000 Jan 17-19

55

32

13

1999 Sep 10-14

56

34

10

1999 Mar 12-14

58

31

11



B. Cares about the needs of people like you

 

 

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

 

%

%

%

       

2001 Jul 10-11

57

40

3

       

2001 Apr 20-22

59

39

2

2001 Feb 9-11

56

39

5

2000 Mar 10-12

51

42

7

2000 Jan 17-19

56

33

11

1999 Sep 10-14

59

32

9

1999 Mar 12-14

59

32

9



C. Is a strong and decisive leader

 

 

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

 

%

%

%

       

2001 Jul 10-11

57

40

3

       

2001 Apr 20-22

60

37

3

2001 Feb 9-11

61

34

5

2000 Mar 10-12

63

30

7

2000 Feb 25-27

61

32

7

2000 Feb 20-21

58

33

9

2000 Feb 4-6

62

30

8

2000 Jan 17-19

66

24

10

1999 Mar 4^

60

14

26



D. Is honest and trustworthy

 

 

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

 

%

%

%

       

2001 Jul 10-11

66

31

3

       

2001 Apr 20-22

67

29

4

2001 Feb 9-11

64

29

7

2000 Mar 10-12

64

28

8

1999 Sep 10-12

62

29

9



E. Is tough enough for the job

 

 

Applies

Doesn't apply

No opinion

 

%

%

%

       

2001 Jul 10-11

69

28

3

       

2001 Apr 20-22

68

29

3

2001 Feb 9-11

68

28

4

1999 Sep 10-14

50

45

5



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