WASHINGTON: President George W Bush's approval rating sank to an all time low of 45 per cent, in a Washington Post-ABC poll published yesterday that also said he could do more to ease soaring oil prices.
The August 25-28 survey of 1,006 adults with a three per cent margin of error found that 53pc of Americans disapproved of how Bush was handling his job as president.
Only 45pc approved of his performance, the lowest approval rating ever recorded for Bush in the Post-ABC survey since he took office in January 2001.
Besides his job in Iraq, which 42pc approved and 57pc did not, the rising petrol prices were also to blame for Bush's loss in popularity.
By a margin of 73-22pc, people disapproved of Bush's handling of the gasoline crisis, while 60pc said there were steps he could take to reduce fuel prices, which are headed higher still after Hurricane Katrina's damage to southern US refineries.
Only 36pc said gas prices were not his fault.
Bush was flying over New Orleans and other hurricane-damaged areas in Air Force One yesterday after cutting short his Texas vacation to return to Washington, the White House said.