Poll: U.S. Split Before State of the Union

Stable

While not strong, Bush's rating is stable: He's ranged between 47 percent and 52 percent approval in 15 ABC News/Washington Post polls since last February, and his rating today almost precisely matches its 2004 average, a 50 percent to 47 percent split. That's about the same as Clinton's worst year, 1993.

While higher would be better, all Bush's recent predecessors have seen worse ratings: Clinton's career low was 43 percent; Bush's father's, 33 percent; Ronald Reagan's, 42 percent; Jimmy Carter's, 28 percent; Gerald Ford's, 37 percent; and Richard Nixon's, 23 percent. Some of those make 50 percent look practically popular.

Methodology

This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone Jan. 26-31, 2005, among a random national sample of 1,204 adults. The results have a three-point error margin. Sampling, data collection and tabulation was done by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

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