President Bush's job approval rating has slipped to 28%, the lowest of his presidency; in addition, just 22% express satisfaction with the way things are going in the country. Both measures are about as negative an evaluation of the course of the nation as measured in nearly 20 years of Pew surveys.

The Daily Number is a statistic, updated every weekday and typically drawn from Pew Research Center project findings, that highlights an important trend.

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