This is the best incarnation of this chart I’ve seen so far. It shows Bushs approval rating since he took office, but also from all different poll sources. I find it interesting that the only things that have caused an increase in his approval rating were the terrorist attack, the war and then the capture of Saddam. Those are the 3 humps on the chart. He has done absolutely nothing else that has increased peoples confidence in him.
It’s just so telling… he really is a “war president” in the sense that his approval rating would probably be zero without the war. Looking at the chart gives me some confidence, because it looks so absolutely inevitable that he’ll lose the election. I think the only thing that would save him is to capture Bin Laden right before the election. It couldn’t be too far ahead or he’d slip past 50 again.
I wonder if there’s another president in history who’s approval rating, when charted, had a negative slope for 99% of their term, like Bush?