Despite the fact President Bush’s job approval ratings have dropped to the lowest point of his presidency, they still remain higher than the low-point ratings of the last seven presidents, including his predecessor Bill Clinton.

A new survey from the Pew Research Center shows Bush’s job approval at 38 percent.

“President George W. Bush’s poll numbers are going from bad to worse,” said the Pew report. “His job approval rating has fallen to another new low, as has public satisfaction with national conditions, which now stands at just 29 percent. And for the first time since taking office in 2001, a plurality of Americans believe that George W. Bush will be viewed as an unsuccessful president.”

Data from six polling organizations in October show an average of 39.5 percent job approval for Bush.

But according to the Gallup Organization, that’s a higher mark than the low points for all commanders in chief dating back to Lyndon Johnson in the mid 1960s.

The low points for recent commanders in chief are as follows:

  • Bill Clinton: 37 percent

  • George H. W. Bush: 29 percent

  • Ronald Reagan: 35 percent

  • Jimmy Carter: 28 percent

  • Gerald Ford: 37 percent

  • Richard Nixon: 24 percent

  • Lyndon Johnson: 35 percent

    To find presidents with higher low-point approval ratings than Bush, one has to go back to John Kennedy at 56 percent, and Dwight Eisenhower at 48 percent.

    The Power Line blog notes: “The reality is that the Republican base is holding remarkably firm, in the face of a media onslaught against the Bush administration that has no parallel in modern history, and following months of little but bad news: gas prices, hurricanes, and casualties in Iraq (the only news most people hear from that part of the world).”

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