Bush Falls Further in Latest Poll/Clark Fifth If He Jumps In
According to the most recent USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll out just hours ago, Bush’s approval rating has fallen to 52%, with a disapproval rating now of 43%.
Only 40% of those polled are satisfied with the way things are going in the country, with 58% dissatisfied.
Bush has a 45%/53% disadvantage on his handling of the economy, and notably is down to only a 51%/47% favorable margin in his handling of Iraq, with 52% of those polled saying things are going either moderately or very badly for the US in Iraq.
59% think that the Administration does not have a clear plan for handling the situation in Iraq, and this poll was taken after his Sunday night speech. Bush failed to make the case for the $ 87 billion, as by a 46%/51% margin he is losing that issue as well.
And if you want to see the potency of a Wesley Clark candidacy and the damage such a campaign would do to the others, Clark would already draw 9% of those polled, which puts him in the top five behind Gephardt (15%), Dean (13%), Lieberman (12%), and Kerry (11%). Clark would draw almost his total support from those top four. Importantly, the poll reflects a 51%/36% advantage for the GOP in handling international terrorism and military threats over the Democratic Party. It would appear that a Clark candidacy would mortally wound both the Edwards and Graham campaigns, both of whom would poll less than the undeclared Clark.