WASHINGTON (MNS) — Though 55 percent of young people approved of President Bush's job performance, they were more likely than all other groups to disapprove, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday.
The new president's overall disapproval rating — 25 percent — was the highest initial disapproval mark that any president has received since Gallup began the poll more than 50 years ago. Disapproval was registered by one-third of those ages 18-29, 21 percent of the 30-to-49 age group, 25 percent of 50-to-64-year-olds and 27 percent of people 65 or older.
But Bush's overall approval score — 57 percent — was comparable to the 58 percent that former President Clinton received in his initial rating and was higher than the 51 percent recorded by Bush's father, former President George Bush, and Ronald Reagan.
The high negatives among youth may be explained by the administration's early initiatives, which included plans that endorsed school vouchers, federal funding for faith-based social service groups, and a large tax cut, according to Jane Rinzler Buckingham, 32, of Youth Intelligence, a group that specializes in marketing to generations "X" and "Y."