Tuesday, August 15, 2006


Feel that Bush bounce.

PRINCETON, NJ -- The latest Gallup Poll finds George W. Bush's presidential job approval rating at 37%, consistent with recent polling. His approval rating has bounced between 36% and 40% since early June, after hitting a personal low of 31% in May.

In the Aug. 7-10, 2006 Gallup Poll, 37% of Americans say they approve and 59% disapprove of the job Bush is doing as president. He has averaged 38% approval since the beginning of June, after averaging 32% in May.

It is unclear what impact the recent terrorism developments will have on Bush's public support, though the initial indications are that it will not help much. While the poll was in the field, British officials broke up a terrorist plot to use liquid explosives to blow up airplanes traveling between Great Britain and the United States. Most of the poll's interviews were conducted before this news broke, but interviews conducted after the news became public were only slightly more favorable to Bush than those conducted before. Newsweek and CBS News polls conducted entirely after the revelation of the thwarted attack show Bush with 38% and 36% approval ratings, respectively.