Poll: Confidence in Obama Trails Rating for Bush in '06

Poll: Confidence in Obama Trails Rating for Bush in '06

By Adam O'Neal - June 30, 2014

Americans have less confidence in the Obama administration than they did for George W. Bush’s at the same point in his presidency, according to a new Gallup survey

In Bush’s sixth year in office, just 33 percent of Americans had a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the executive branch of government. In the same year of Obama’s presidency, the same branch earned 29 percent.

In fact, Obama has so far consistently tracked behind Bush every year of his presidency, save for the first year. In Bush’s second year, amid the aftermath of 9/11, his rating topped that for Obama by 22 percentage points. 

Confidence in Bush began to sharply decline over the course of his second term. Obama, however, has largely remained mired in the mid-30 percent range for most of his time in office.

Obama’s 29 percent confidence rating is the lowest recorded since the seventh year of the Bush administration, when only one in four Americans were confident in the presidency. (Both Obama and Bush fared relatively poorly compared to George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.)  

While Americans are generally pessimistic about the executive branch, they aren’t particularly excited about the other two either. 

Just 30 percent of Americans have a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the Supreme Court, the lowest ever recorded since Gallup began asking the question in 1973. Congress, at 7 percent, is also at a record low. 

“At this point, Americans place much greater faith in the military and the police than in any of the three branches of government,” said Gallup’s Justin McCarthy. “Members of Congress are likely resigned to the fact that they are the most distrusted institution of government.”

The survey of 1,027 adults, conducted June 5-8, has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

Adam O'Neal is a political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @RealClearAdam.

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