Monday :: Jan 23, 2006

Bush Approval Falls Back To 36% - In Trouble On Economy


by Steve

If you are a GOP incumbent this fall, be afraid, be very, very afraid:

George W. Bush's overall job approval rating has returned to its lowest point in Bush's presidency as Americans again turn less optimistic about the national economy according to the latest survey from the American Research Group. Among all Americans, 36% approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 58% disapprove. When it comes to Bush's handling of the economy, 34% approve and 60% disapprove.
Among Americans registered to vote, 37% approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 58% disapprove. When it comes to the way Bush is handling the economy, 35% of registered voters approve of the way Bush is handling the economy and 60% disapprove.
A total of 14% of Americans say the national economy is getting better, which is down from 30% in December and 52% say the national economy is getting worse, which is up from 40% in December. When asked about the national economy a year from now, 15% say it will be better, which is down from 28% in December, and 62% say it will be worse, which is up from 39% in December.

Huh? Will Tweety and Timmeh cover this? Yeah, right.

Oh, this must be an old poll, you say? Aren’t independents coming back to Bush, you say? The economy is getting better, you say?

The results presented here are based on 1,100 completed telephone interviews conducted among a nationwide random sample of adults 18 years and older. The interviews were completed January 19 through 22, 2006. The theoretical margin of error for the total sample is plus or minus 2.6 percentage points, 95% of the time, on questions where opinion is evenly split.
Among Republicans (33% of adults registered to vote in the survey), 78% approve of the way Bush is handling his job and 17% disapprove. Among Democrats (37% of adults registered to vote in the survey), 11% approve and 83% disapprove of the way Bush is handling his job. Among Independents (30% of adults registered to vote in the survey), 24% approve and 71% disapprove of the way Bush is handling his job as president.
Among Republicans, 73% approve of the way Bush is handling the economy and 22% disapprove. Among Democrats, 84% disapprove of the way Bush is handling the economy and 11% approve. Among Independents, 22% approve and 73% disapprove of the way Bush is handling the economy.
A total of 14% of Americans say that the national economy is getting better, 31% say it is staying the same, and 52% say the national economy is getting worse.
A total of 15% of Americans say they believe the national economy will be better a year from now, 19% say it will be the same, 62% say it will be worse, and 4% are undecided.

But remember, we shouldn’t expect any major changes this fall because voters aren’t disenchanted enough with the GOP and Bush, and there aren’t enough competitive seats anymore.

Yup.

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