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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Most Unpopular President in Modern History

posted by on May 1 at 15:20 PM

George W. Bush:

WASHINGTON (CNN) A new poll suggests that George W. Bush is the most unpopular president in modern American history.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday indicates that 71 percent of the American public disapprove of how Bush his handling his job as president.

“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,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

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And we all know that this Country's just dumb enough to allow four more years of it. McCain '08? Well, as long as we get our $300! YIPPEE!!!!!!!!

Posted by JJ | May 1, 2008 3:24 PM

Let James Buchanan be vindicated, says Warren G. Harding.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | May 1, 2008 3:33 PM

Hey, America, will you listen to us godless liberals the next time we warn you about this shit?

Yeah, didn't think so.

Posted by tsm | May 1, 2008 3:37 PM

What exactly is "modern" history? Do they only go back until the next most unpopular president so they have a story to write and use the word "most"?

And Pierce was arguably worse then Buchanan as he was the only incumbent president not nominated for reelection by his own party.

Posted by El Seven | May 1, 2008 3:46 PM

At least Pierce was cute; he was the McDreamy of his day...

Posted by michael strangeways | May 1, 2008 3:51 PM

Yeah and by this time next year the media will be in spin mode so furious that reality itself will cease to exist.

Most Americans will not only believe that Caligutard was (still is??) the greatest leader in world history; they'll think he's the second coming of Jayzus!

Women and children will openly weep and flagellate themselves at the mere mention of his name, and grown men will throw themselves down on the ground in abject supplication to their moron god.

So it has been, and so it will be.

Posted by Original Andrew | May 1, 2008 3:53 PM

I am reminded of Leonid Brezhnev. You know him,one of the last Soviet Presidents. He had his country bogged down in Afghanistan.
He had a lousy economy. He spied on his citizens and had gulags. His people were desperate for change but got more of the same bloated old white man bull shit. Just saying.

Posted by Vince | May 1, 2008 4:03 PM

Good one, El Seven. Rutherford B. Hayes, while not the worst president (he defended civil rights enforcement), was put in office by special congressional committee which voted along party lines to award him disputed electoral college votes after he'd already lost the popular vote.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | May 1, 2008 4:11 PM

@4 i thought the same thing. since i'm pretty sure modernism dates back to before we had a president. i suppose modern is just a nice term for "least popular since the last not-popular dude."

Posted by el | May 1, 2008 4:13 PM

History will be more forgiving of Bush, as it was for Truman - especially if Iraq eventually democratic stability. Jimmy Carter, however, gets worse in the minds of presidential historians because of missed opportunities and the high inflation/high interest rate misery index.

Still, 'W can take credit of having a higher approval rating than the democratically controlled Congress.

Posted by raindrop | May 1, 2008 4:14 PM

Ah yes. "Worse" was not the best choice of words. "Politically unpopular" would have been better.

Posted by El Seven | May 1, 2008 4:41 PM

Wow raindrop, you really hit that one outta the RepubliNazi ballpark.

When confronted with bad news they just lie, throw out a quick smear of their political enemies then change the subject.

It's as easy as A-B-C, 1-2-3, baby!

Next: How to properly blame the victim.

Sing it!


They didn't pull themselves up by their bootstraps; personal responsibility!

Easy as 1-2-3

She was asking to be raped!

They shouldn't flaunt their gayness!


Posted by Original Andrew | May 1, 2008 4:44 PM

@10 ...



History has determined his ranking - and it's #1 with a stone.

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 1, 2008 4:46 PM

The amazing thing to me is that it's not higher. Think about it: this means 3 out of every 10 people actually approve of the job he's doing. Scary.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | May 1, 2008 5:14 PM

Day late, dollar short, you fucking rubes.

Posted by Greg | May 1, 2008 5:40 PM

@14 - I know, who are those 29 percenters, and why do they hate America so?

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 1, 2008 6:00 PM

@4 i think modern means when they have taken national polls

Posted by vooodooo84 | May 2, 2008 1:27 AM

most of the modern political framework in this country was re-aligned during FDR's administration. changed buracracy, economic relations, plus superpower status in the wake of WWII. so it makes sense in a way to limit the scope to the post-war era.

I find it hard to believe that Bush is less popular than Hoover, that guy sucked hard.

though if your definition of modern is from the political theory standpoint then yes it probably started in the 1600s. however an Art history definition would probably begin in the late 19th early 20th century

Posted by vooodooo84 | May 2, 2008 1:34 AM

@17-agreed. But I also feel like the news has been touting this fact for a while now. This isn't really new. Every time a new poll comes out the president "hits the lowest approval rating ever..."

Posted by henry o henry | May 2, 2008 9:17 AM

What sickens me is the 6% who think Bush has done an "Excellent" job. Now those people are scary. [I guess in their minds, you have to screw an intern to be considered 'bad' - or maybe just be a Democrat.]

Posted by Schweighsr | May 2, 2008 10:30 AM

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