So much for a mandate.
By E&P Staff
Published: April 05, 2005 11:45 AM ET
NEW YORK President George W. Bush’s approval rating has plunged to the lowest level of any president since World War II at this point in his second term, the Gallup Organization reported today.
“All other presidents who were re-elected to a second term had approval ratings well above 50% in the March following their re-election,” Gallup reported. Bush’s current rating is 45%. The next lowest was Reagan with 56% in March 1985.
Gallup noted that more challenges lie ahead for Bush, including public doubts about his Social Security plan and Iraq policies.
Here are the ratings for presidents as recorded by Gallup in the March following their re-election:
Truman, 1949: 57%.
Eisenhower, 1957: 65%.
Johnson, 1965: 69%.
Nixon, 1973: 57%.
Reagan, 1985: 56%.
Clinton, 1997: 59%.
Bush, 2005: 45%.
Hmmm. The memes fall, one by one. “Popular wartime president”. Nope. “Electoral mandate”. Nope. Let’s see…oh yeah, how about “lame duck”?