October 15th, 2005


Presidential Approval Ratings

Presidential approval polls are relatively new. The Gallup Organization started the tradition in 1938, during Franklin D. Roosevelt's second term.

Not surprisingly, the numbers tend to spike in times of war. The record holder for highest approval rating?
  • President George W. Bush, who topped out at 90% in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.

  • His father is the runner-up, with an 89% rating during the first Gulf War.

  • Harry Truman scored 87% in April, 1945, following FDR's death and during the final stages of World War II.

The all-time worst numbers belong to:
  • Harry Truman (23%), who also holds the record for the biggest range in approval rating.

  • George H. W. Bush eventually sank to 29%.

  • Nixon was at 24% before he resigned.