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(Bush) How Am I Doing?

Enough said about the attitude of Americans towards our esteemed administration.  Notice that this is not my opinion, nor is it me being an expert on anything (for those who like to accuse me of that), these are the results of poll research.


Bush Public Support at Lowest Level Yet
By WILL LESTER, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - President Bush's public support has eroded to its lowest level yet, with the Iraq war dragging on, a top White House aide facing felony charges and the White House rushing to replace a failed Supreme Court nominee.

Concerned that the president has lost his footing, some Republicans have suggested Bush should shake up his staff.

A new AP-Ipsos poll found the president's approval rating was at 37 percent, compared with 39 percent a month ago. About 59 percent of those surveyed said they disapproved.

The intensity of disapproval is the strongest to date, with 42 percent now saying they "strongly disapprove" of how Bush is handling his job _ twice as many as the 20 percent who said they "strongly approve."

"This is the poorest excuse for a president this country has ever had," said Max Hollinberger, a businessman from Stanwood, Wash., who leans Democratic. He cited "the economy, going to war in Iraq for no reason, the way we can get to the tsunami victims before Katrina victims _ the whole business."

A year after his re-election, Bush's second term has been marred by rising U.S. casualties in Iraq, a failed attempt to restructure Social Security, Hurricane Katrina missteps, rising fuel costs and his forced withdrawal of the Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers.

In a case involving the public naming of a covert CIA operative married to an Iraq war critic, Vice President Dick Cheney's former aide, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, pleaded not guilty on Thursday in federal court to charges of obstruction of justice, perjury and lying to investigators. The case casts a continuing cloud over Cheney and keeps Bush's closest adviser, Karl Rove, in legal jeopardy.

Republicans are starting to worry about the 2006 elections and hope Bush can reverse his slide.

Several senior Republicans who are close to the White House and Rove say there has been a lot of talk inside and outside the White House about the need for him to leave, but they're picking up no indication from him or his associates that it's going to happen _ at least anytime soon.

Neither Bush nor Rove has seemed to get the message, the Republicans say.

Democrats have kept up the attack. "The 2006 midterm elections will be our next opportunity to change the environment of corruption and incompetence in Washington," Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Thursday in a fundraising letter to Democrats. Reid has called for Rove's resignation and a "thorough house cleaning" at the White House.

In the AP-Ipsos poll, nearly one in five Republicans disapproved of Bush's handling of his job, compared with nearly nine in 10 Democrats. Nearly seven in 10 independents disapproved.

Four in five Republicans still back the president.

"I think he's done a wonderful job," said Gloria Bloecher, a Republican from Sherman, Texas. "He's done wonderful things for the economy. He rescued people who needed help in Iraq _ it was the Christian thing to do. I still trust his people and the people he picks for the Supreme Court."

The president has lost support from some key groups of constituents over the past year. He's dropped 16 points in his approval rating with men in that time, 18 points with people who have a high school education or less, 16 points among Southerners and 13 points among Republicans.

The poll was conducted by telephone Oct. 31-Nov. 2 among 1,006 adults nationwide. The margin on sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Congress isn't faring much better. In early October, 35 percent of poll respondents approved of the job being done on Capitol Hill, down from 44 percent in February.

In December 2004, soon after Bush's re-election, 51 percent approved of his handling of his job, while 47 disapproved, and 28 disapproved strongly.

"I'm surprised it's not even worse," GOP consultant Rich Galen said of Bush's latest poll numbers. He cited three months of unrelenting bad news that have Republicans "beginning to scratch their heads."

Away from Washington, Republican leaders seemed concerned about Bush's drift downward in the polls and about Iraq, where the 2,000th U.S. military death was recently recorded, and less troubled about the CIA-leak case and the controversy surrounding Rove and Libby.

"I think the war in Iraq being on the front page every day has taken its toll," said Van Poole, former Florida GOP chairman and now a Tallahassee lobbyist, who expects Bush to bounce back. "Americans are impatient. Whatever our job is, Americans want us to get it done."


Funny how that works. If you dare express your own opinion you are accused of being a self-appointed expert...


Isn't it though? However, those doing the accusing can always appoint themselves as experts to dispute your opinion. Can we say "hypocrite"?


Well, I for one am very happy that Bush doesn't pay any attention to opinion polls when he makes decisions (as the neocons around here are happy to point out).

If he keeps driving republican numbers into the ground like this, refusing to adjust course, the whole conservative movement will be left in a shambles.

OMG, I can't believe it, I'm going to start cheering for Bush soon!


Hell, I already am. I bought new red pom poms and bought one of JeffR's used cheerleading outfits off Ebay. It doesn't fit me anywhere near as well as him though.



That's because you don't have the legs for it. Too much lifting.


Maybe if you cut down to 8,000 calories a day. Cutting is your friend! :slightly_smiling:


Yeh, if his numbers get any worse, he doesn't stand a chance of getting reelected.


1000 people polled---real cross section of America that is.

As has been suggested ad-nauseum polls mean little.

Still 80% of republicans approve and 10-20% of dems. Doesn't look like a big turnaround for the dems is a sure thing.

Iraq is definitely an issue. It has been a mess and something positive would make the rest of the 'issues' go pretty much away.
Leaving Iraq in droves over the next 2-3 years would go a long way in improving poll #'s.

Gas prices have nothing to do with the president, but as long as the democratic economists keep pushing that 'issue' to their non high school educated constituancy, people will continue toi associate the two.

After all as we all know, perception of reality is worth alot more than the actual thing.

No news here. But keep the message in front of your people


** chearleader practice **

2-4-6-8 Who do we appreciate?
Bush, Bush, He's our man...

If he can't sink the republicans, nobody can!


Sassy, can I borrow your skirt, the Prof has one, and Jerffy hasn't put any more on eBay yet?

Did anyone mention gas prices here?


With all of the redistricting resulting in fewer competitive districts, and given the Republicans fundraising advantages, I would not be predicting a Democratic revolution. In a war of position, this is the time for the dems to annunciate a clear message, narrow the gap, and bring the country more towards the center. But I think that expectations on behalf of many liberals exceed the likely reality of the 06 elections.


It's mentioned in the article as one of the issues.
Or didn't you read the article. You probably just saw another shot to take at Bush so you jumped.
Same as your response to me.

Katrina was also mentioned. Jump on that bandwagon. Yah brown was a poor choice. But the rest is pure bullshit and most people see through the bs there.

Typical of you though vroom, take it off topic and into the gutter as quickly as possible. Maybe then, noone will remember the original crap post. How shocking--what news!!! The president's poll #'s are down.

Maybe they made 1000 calls to Canada. I know how much you've been affected, yet your the biggest critic on this site.

You just wanna piss and moan. It's what you do' It's who you are. It's very tired


Some interesting analysis of these latest polls and how they may tend to run a little skewed.



Oh yah
maybe you should ask the prof if he'll give you Jeff's, because i know you can't wear my skirt


This is the reality of the country we live in. Those who can effectively raise lots of money and create the most fear will win the elections. I don't have a huge problem with that, elections are dirty business. However, whoever is placed in those positions should remember that you are there to serve the people, not the other was around. This is the problem that has been progressing over the last 20 years is that administrations don't take that seriously anymore.


This just in:

Cheerleading Warehouse has increased its inventory of "W" embroidered panties and "Condaleeza" hair bangles!!

Get 'em while they're hot and sexy!!


You know better than this.
Don't go bringing in logic and fact when they have those 'poll' numbers to stand behind.
I mean--can you believe that 80-90% of democrats disapprove of the administration??? I'm shocked.

This is just such big info, I'm going to run to my computer and start a thread. I mean, it's been a slow week in Iraq, hardly anybody killed and all that. His choice for SC is stellar, nothing there. No natural disasters to pin to him. The leak case is losing steam quickly. Nothing 'good' going on there. Great!!Q!The polls just came out, what percentage is he at now with that cross-section of America polled.

Whew, and just in time for the weekend. I thought I'd have to go through a whole weekend thinking the administration wasn't evil



Heh. Might as well take a poll in Europe if that is going to be your demographic.

Well then. Quite a sample.

I am not here to pretend that Bush isn't suffering, and the GOP generally. My own personal approval rating of both has gone down.

But if you are going to run a poll, how about running one that gets a sample that can be indicative of the populace as a whole, rather than overweight certain demographic segments?

And that is one reason I hate polls - you can't get the proportions right, no matter what your question(s). Most polls are conducted in major cities, but that isn't indicative of all registered voters.

Bush and the GOP have plenty of work to do, but watching the polls ain't part of it.


LOL Something about Prof X writing about "hair bangles" just cracked me up.