WaPo/ABC: Bush Approval Rating Higher than Obama’s One Year into Second Term

James Beattie
By James Beattie | December 19, 2013 | 12:10 PM EST

More Americans approved of President Bush in December 2005 than of President Obama at the end of this year, according to the Washington Post/ABC News Poll.

In a poll conducted Dec. 15-18, 2005, 47 percent of Americans approved of the way Bush handled his job as president, while 52 percent disapproved.

The same poll published Tuesday on Obama’s handling of his job as president showed 43 percent of Americans approved, while 55 percent disapproved.

Prior to that, Bush’s approval rating in October and November 2005 was as low as 39 percentage points, while Obama’s approval rating in October and November 2013 was 42 and 48 percentage points, respectively.

The December 2005 survey was taken from a pool of 1,003 randomly selected adults nationwide, while the 2013 survey was conducted from a sample of 1005 adults nationwide. The margin of error for the Bush poll was plus or minus three percentage points, while the Obama poll was plus or minus 3.5 percentage points, and included both landline and cell-phone only respondents.