Bush's approval rating hits all-time low
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush's approval rating has dipped to the lowest of his presidency at 44 percent, a full 5 percentage points lower than a week ago, according to a Gallup poll released Friday.
Bush's approval rating had been at 49 percent in two previous polls this month, an improvement over where he stood in June.
Gallup said the sharp decline in the latest poll could represent "a fading of a short-term boost to Bush's public standing" as seen in the two polls earlier this month.
Bush's previous low approval rating stood at 45 percent, a level he reached in March and again in June of this year. (Full story)
The Gallup poll was conducted via telephone with 1,010 adults from July 25-28.
It found that 51 percent of those polled disapproved of the job Bush is doing as president; a mere 44 percent said they approved.
Fifty percent of the respondents said they had an unfavorable opinion of the president, while 48 percent said they had a favorable opinion.
The majority of those polled, 58 percent, also said they were dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States, compared to just 40 percent who said they were satisfied.
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