Nearly 60% Think Bush Misleads The Public On Iraq
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After a weekend of Foley fallout and last week’s NIE and Woodward-related hits to the president’s credibility, the latest CNN poll out this afternoon shows Bush’s approval rating falling by three points in one week, from 42% to down to 39%. His disapproval rating increased four points in a week from 55% to 59%. His approval rating on Iraq fell four points from last month to 32%; it’s lowest level ever in a CNN poll.
Moreover, the generic ballot question showed the following:
Which party’s candidate would you vote for in your congressional district?
Given that Democrats usually need a five-point advantage to offset the GOP turnout operation, this finding is huge a month before the election.
Do you think most Democratic members of Congress deserve to be reelected?
Do you think most Republican members of Congress deserve to be reelected?
And here is the talking point question for the Democrats the rest of the way:
Do you think the Bush administration has deliberately misled the American public about how the war in Iraq is going, or don’t you think so?
Yes, deliberately misled: 58%
No, don’t think so: 41%
Note the spin from CNN:
President Bush has been unable to reassure Americans about the war in Iraq, with nearly 60 percent of those surveyed in a new CNN poll saying his administration has "deliberately misled" the public about the progress of the war.
Despite a recent speaking tour aimed at bolstering support for the conflict, only 32 percent told pollsters they approve of Bush's management of the war. And support for the war itself slipped to 38 percent, down from 40 percent in a CNN poll last week.