We've been following the president's various ratings, and this one has a historical context that grabbed me. According to a brand new CNN poll, George Bush has cooties.
CNN Polling Director Keating Holland says of the results, "No president has ever had a higher disapproval rating in any CNN or Gallup poll; in fact, this is the first time that any president's disapproval rating has cracked the 70 percent mark."
He's not in the worst shape historically: "Bush's approval rating, which stands at 28 percent in our new poll, remains better than the all-time lows set by Harry Truman and Richard Nixon (22 percent and 24 percent, respectively) but even those two presidents never got a disapproval rating in the 70s." Who's the worst? "The previous all-time record in CNN or Gallup polling was set by Truman, 66 percent disapproval in January 1952."
Oh, but then there's this nugget: "He is more unpopular than Richard Nixon was just before he resigned from the presidency in August 1974," says CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider. How does Bush measure up? President Nixon's disapproval rating in August 1974 stood at 67 percent.
Less popular than Nixon right before he resigned? Nuts! So where do you fall?