A recent Gallup Poll shows that President Barack Hussein Obama is currently polling lower than President George Walker Bush did during the same period of time in their first term in office. A poll conducted March 5-7, 2001 found that President Bush had a 63% positive, 22% negative approval rating after spending a little more than a month in office. A poll conducted March 2-4, 2009 shows President Obama currently has a 62% positive, 28% negative approval rating during the same period of time for his first term in office.
The Bush poll, conducted prior to the 9/11 attacks, also gave Bush a lower negative number than Obama has during the same period of time.
The 9/11 attacks were undoubtedly the defining moment for the Bush administration. His handling of the attacks led to his highest approval numbers during his term in office. So far, it seems that the economic situation of the United States will be Obama’s defining moment. If the various bailouts and stimulus packages work and work quickly, he will likely see a surge in his numbers. If they fail, his approval will likely tank and deny him the opportunity of claiming the mantle of highest presidential approval rating from President George Walker Bush.
The top three approval numbers went to:
Republican President George Walker Bush with 90%
Republican President George Herbert Walker Bush with 89%
Democrat President Harry S. Truman with 87%