Gallup Daily: Bush Job Approval
Each result is based on a three-day rolling average
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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.
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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.
Historically, presidents' approval ratings have not increased after State of the Union addresses, but there have been modest upticks after the past three.
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