Monday :: May 24, 2004

Bush Approval Rating Now Down To 41%


by Steve

As frequent commenter Dorothy noted in an earlier post, the latest CBS News Poll out this morning, taken through yesterday, shows Bush’s approval ratings generally, and specifically on Iraq, foreign policy, and the economy falling to their lowest levels.

Mr. Bush's overall job approval rating has continued to decline. Forty-one percent approve of the job he is doing as president, while 52 percent disapprove — the lowest overall job rating of his presidency. Two weeks ago, 44 percent approved. A year ago, two-thirds did.

Sixty-one percent of Americans now disapprove of the way Mr. Bush is handling the situation in Iraq, while just 34 percent approve.

As concern about the situation in Iraq grows, 65 percent now say the country is on the wrong track — matching the highest number ever recorded in CBS News Polls, which began asking this question in the mid-1980's. Only 30 percent currently say things in this country are headed in the right direction. One year ago, in April 2003, 56 percent of Americans said the country was headed in the right direction.

Majorities disapprove of the way Mr. Bush is handling foreign policy and the economy. Terrorism remains the only positive area for the president — a majority of 51 percent approve of the way he is handling the campaign against terrorism. But that number matches his lowest rating ever on terrorism.

Just 37 percent — the lowest number in his presidency — now approve of Mr. Bush's handling of foreign policy, while 56 percent disapprove. Mr. Bush's ratings on the economy are similar: 36 percent approve of his handling of it and 57 percent disapprove.

Will things be getting better for Bush soon? Well, despite the spin effort he puts out tonight to convince Americans that we have a plan, the prisoner abuse scandal is about to get even worse, with news that the Democrats have caught General Miller, he of Guantanamo fame, in some discrepancies in his testimony. Plus, the resolution that the Bush Administration wants the UN to rubber-stamp is already running into problems because it grants the US too much power at a time when this administration has demonstrated every reason why we shouldn’t have such power. Hence, our ability to get other forces into Iraq to make the occupation a more multi-lateral effort may be adversely affected once again.

So those polled disapprove of Bush on Iraq, the economy, and foreign policy, and Kerry holds edges on Bush on every issue except terrorism, and even that issue is narrowing. Yet there is no evidence that Bush hears any contrary opinions or even cares. The likelihood of changing course on anything is remote, given the cocoon Bush is in and the groupthink the White House engages in.

In other words, more of the same. But remember, according to our GOP friends, Bush is a good guy, and Kerry is slimy and shady. People would rather go bike riding (or falling) with Bush than Kerry, they say, as if that will matter one bit in November. Our GOP friends say that Kerry is a moral degenerate for even talking about moving his nomination acceptance towards the GOP convention, when these same GOP supporters say nothing about Bush moving the date of the GOP convention to exploit 9/11.

It’s good to know that the GOP and its supporters are so consistent in their moral outlook.

Update: The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll out this afternoon shows Bush with his lowest approval rating in that poll, 47%, with 50% disapproving. This poll shows better numbers for Bush in other areas, but also shows a similar downward trend in all areas. But I'm sure Bush will turn all this around tonight by simply talking about "hope versus tragedy." But which tragedy is George W. Bush talking about? The one we were supposed to liberate the Iraqis from, or the one we have delivered ourselves?

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