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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/15/2008

New Year, New Low for Bush

George W. Bush's approval rating has hit a new low-point in Post-ABC polling.

In the newly released poll, just 32 percent approve of the way President Bush is handling his job. The summary rating had been stuck at 33 percent from July to December.

The president has not enjoyed an approval rating above 50 percent since January of 2005, and those disapproving "strongly" continue to outnumber strong approvers by greater than 3 to 1. (The full trend is available here.)

In the new poll, two-thirds of Americans disapprove of the way he's handling his job. Disapproval has stayed above 60 percent since the 2006 midterm elections. Among independents, who were decisive in delivering control of Congress in that election, nearly three-quarters disapprove of the president's job performance.

These tables provide additional breakdowns...

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Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president?
Approve NET Str. app. Smwt. app. Disapprove NET Smwt. disapp. Str. disapp. No op.
All adults 32 16 16 66 15 51 2
Democrats 11 4 7 89 12 76 *
Independents 25 11 13 73 17 56 3
Republicans 68 40 27 30 17 13 3
Liberals 9 5 4 89 16 74 1
Moderates 24 10 14 75 15 59 1
Conservatives 55 30 25 42 13 29 3
White evangelical Protestants 50 25 25 48 14 34 2

Historical Bush Approval in Post-ABC Polling:
Approve NET Disapprove NET No opinion
January 2008 32 66 2
January 2007 33 65 2
January 2006 46 52 2
January 2005 52 46 2
January 2004 58 40 2
January 2003 59 38 2
January 2002 83 14 3
February 2001 55 23 22

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