Sunday :: Mar 20, 2005

Bush's Approval Rating Plunging In Newsweek Poll Because Of Social Security


by Steve

If you want a metaphor for the second Bush administration, think of the Titanic with Social Security being the iceberg. The latest Newsweek poll has Bush’s approval rating plunging five points in one month to 45%, with his disapproval rating shooting up six points in a month to 48%, all seemingly stoked by his failing sales job on Social Security. His support for private accounts is now down to only 33%.

The week he won re-election in November, President Bush declared: "I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it." And spend it is what he appears to have done: the president’s overall approval rating has slipped below the 50 percent mark, his lowest score since being sworn in again in January. Forty-five percent of all Americans approve of the way he is doing his job, a five-point dip from early February; 48 percent disapprove, up six points. Bush's approval numbers have fallen the most among the demographic at whom his Social Security overhaul is targeted at: just 43 percent of 18-29 year olds approve of his performance (down from 56 percent a month ago).
Social Security aside, the president’s numbers are down on just about every issue except for his handling of terrorism and homeland security. His approval ratings are negative on the federal budget deficit (29 percent approve, 60 percent disapprove), health care (34 percent to 56 percent), the economy (42 percent to 51 percent) and the situation in Iraq (41 percent versus 54 percent). And on the heels of a Senate vote to pave the way for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the president’s rating on the environment is also at a low point (41 percent approve, 45 percent disapprove).

The latest poll by American Research Group done almost at the same time shows that Bush’s approval rating of 47% is lower than his 48% disapproval rating. And an AP/Ipsos poll also finds that Bush’s 48% approval rating is overmatched by a 50% disapproval rating, and that Social Security is dragging Bush down.

In fact, as Bush tells his Stepford crowds that he is just getting starting touring the country to "educate" the public on why he is right on Social Security, he should notice that the more he talks on Social Security, the worse his numbers get.

There's a reason why they call Social Security the "third rail of American politics", and yet these cocky bastards in the White House thought the axiom didn't apply to them. Well, they are getting the Titanic treatment as a result.

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