Farewell

Public Still Hates Bush

President Bush's imminent departure isn't generating many warm feelings among the American public: His approval rating remains in the cellar at 22 percent, according to a new poll by CBS News/New York Times. It is the lowest final approval rating for an outgoing president since Gallup began its surveys 70 years ago. Fifty-seven percent of Republicans still approved of the president, while only six percent of Democrats and 18 percent of independents did. Over the course of his presidency, Bush had both the highest and lowest approval ratings of all time—90 percent following the attacks of September 11, 2001, and 20 percent in November 2008.