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Old 04-24-06, 04:36 PM
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Bush's approval ratings slide to new low (4/24/06) Discussion reaches new "elevation"

http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/04/...oll/index.html

Bush's approval ratings slide to new low
Poll: Only one-third say he's handling his job well

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush's approval ratings have sunk to a personal low, with only a third of Americans saying they approve of the way he is handling his job, a national poll released Monday said.

In the telephone poll of 1,012 adult Americans carried out Friday through Sunday by Opinion Research Corporation for CNN, 32 percent of respondents said they approve of Bush's performance, 60 percent said they disapprove and 8 percent said they do not know.

That's a significant drop from the way Americans perceived the president a year ago. In a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll carried out April 29-May 1, 2005, Americans were split on their assessments of Bush's performance, with 48 percent saying they approved and 49 percent saying they disapproved. (Read the complete results document -- PDF)

CNN's poll has a sampling error of plus-or-minus 3 percentage points for most questions.

It was one of four conducted within the past 10 days that have yielded similar results: a Pew Center poll carried out April 7-16 gave Bush a 35 percent approval rating; a Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll carried out last Tuesday and Wednesday gave him a 33 percent approval rating; and an American Research Group poll carried out Tuesday through Friday gave him a 34 percent approval rating.

Asked whether the term "strong and decisive leader" describes Bush, 46 percent said yes, down from 62 percent who said they felt that way in a CNN/USA Today/Gallup survey carried out July 22-24, 2005.

Asked whether "honest and trustworthy" describes the president, 40 percent said yes, down from 56 percent in a survey carried out April 1-2 last year.

Americans were evenly split on whether Bush is "competent," with 47 percent saying yes, 47 percent saying no and 6 percent expressing no opinion.

Dissatisfaction with their leader appears to parallel Americans' unhappiness over gas prices. More than two-thirds of Americans (69 percent) said recent increases in the cost of gasoline have caused them hardship, with 28 percent saying they have not, and 1 percent saying they have no opinion.

Asked to rate the level of hardship, 23 percent described it as "severe," and 46 percent described it as "moderate."


That's up from last April, when a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll found that 15 percent of respondents said the price of gasoline was causing them "severe hardship" and 43 percent said it was causing them "moderate" hardship.

Last week, a Lundberg Survey of gasoline prices found the average cost of a gallon of self-serve regular was $2.91. Last April, the average gallon cost $2.29.

Bush's flagging popularity might produce dividends for the Democrats. Asked about the congressional elections slated for November, half of registered voters said they would vote for Democrats if the election were held now, 40 percent said they would vote for Republicans and 6 percent said they did not know.

This question has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Still, that's not significantly different from last August, when 53 percent said they were likely to vote for a Democrat versus 41 percent who said they were likely to vote Republican and 6 percent who said they were undecided.
These gas prices are having an effect. And if I'm not mistaken, they are predicted to only rise. Does that spell trouble for the Republicans in the November elections?

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Old 04-24-06, 04:39 PM
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To put this in historical perspective, Bill Clinton's approval rating never dropped lower than 53% in the same poll.
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8% do not know?

Anyhow with the Iraq war will spinning out of control his whole staff getting into trouble and gas prices through the roof Dubya will be lucky if he can avoid an aprroval rating in the teens
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Also to put it in historical perspective, Bill Clinton didn't exactly do anything big that polarized the country (outside of the Monica incident).

I would look more to someone like Reagan for perspective. Reagan had lows of the mid 30's I believe. After the results of some of his bolder actions started paying off his numbers went up significantly.
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Gas prices will be a problem for reps, no doubt. But, the public is sadly mistaken if they think the dems will be able to lower them.
If I were an advisor to Bush, I'd tell him have a prime time talk and in that talk indicate that despite the dems obstruction in the Senate to oil independance that he's going to give an executive order that allows the US to start drilling for oil wherever there are significant quantities of oil in the US including in the Gulf Coast and off of California. And esp. in ANWAR. Then say that he's aware that people are having a hard time with gas prices and he's working to solve this problem by also easing regulations that will allow building more refineries over the objections of any environmental group or the people in government that they control.
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Anyhow with the Iraq war will spinning out of control his whole staff getting into trouble and gas prices through the roof Dubya will be lucky if he can avoid an aprroval rating in the teens
The Iraq war isn't spinning out of control. In case you didn't hear, they are in the process of forming a new unified government. Also, more and more areas of Iraq are being patrolled and secured by the Iraqi military and police.
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If I were an advisor to Bush, I'd tell him have a prime time talk and in that talk indicate that despite the dems obstruction in the Senate to oil independance that he's going to give an executive order that allows the US to start drilling for oil wherever there are significant quantities of oil in the US including in the Gulf Coast and off of California. And esp. in ANWAR. Then say that he's aware that people are having a hard time with gas prices and he's working to solve this problem by also easing regulations that will allow building more refineries over the objections of any environmental group or the people in government that they control.
People out there don't laugh--we could see such a primetime speech very soon. (Just watch the networks go nuts because it intereferes with the May sweeps like the primetime Presidential news conference last year. )
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No surprise it's so low. He's found a way to irritate most everyone at one time or another. For me it's his pathetic amnesty program he's trying to push. Anyhow, Eisenhower got as low as 20 percent. Perhaps Bush can break that record?
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Again I ask the question - when does his approval rating slip down into the twenties?

Barring Divine Intervention, we all know it's coming.

His job approval rating is centered around the public's perception that Iraq is going badly.
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Also to put it in historical perspective, Bill Clinton didn't exactly do anything big that polarized the country (outside of the Monica incident).
Please. Bill Clinton's mere existence sent many into a seething frenzy.
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I guess you guys just didn't like my Bush poll numbers thread anymore. If I were a mod, I'd merge them. Oh wait! Nah, it's almost falling off the 2nd page.

I just find it hard to believe Bush is going to hit Jimmy Carter polling numbers. It's not possible, is it?
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His job approval rating is centered around the public's perception that Iraq is going badly.
It's because of the myopic vision. The media overall simply ignore the progress going on there. It's three months since the media concocted the so-called civil war in Iraq.
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I would look more to someone like Reagan for perspective. Reagan had lows of the mid 30's I believe. After the results of some of his bolder actions started paying off his numbers went up significantly.
http://mediamatters.org/items/200511070003

Reagan bottomed out at 35; Clinton at 36.

Carter and Nixon both made it into the 20s.

Here's an article on the myth of Reagan's popularity:

http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=1192
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Originally Posted by VinVega
I guess you guys just didn't like my Bush poll numbers thread anymore. If I were a mod, I'd merge them. Oh wait! Nah, it's almost falling off the 2nd page.
I was going to suggest that "Bush's approval ratings slide to new low" could be made a sticky.
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Originally Posted by JasonF
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Here's an article on the myth of Reagan's popularity:

http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=1192


Ooooo. This ought to angry up the blood.
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Originally Posted by General Zod
Eisenhower got as low as 20 percent.


President Carter had the lowest approval ratings on record.
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Seriously W’s low approval rating numbers are nothing more then a Dog Bites Man story.
If I were an advisor to Bush, I'd tell him have a prime time talk and in that talk indicate that despite the dems obstruction in the Senate to oil independance that he's going to give an executive order that allows the US to start drilling for oil wherever there are significant quantities of oil in the US including in the Gulf Coast and off of California. And esp. in ANWAR.
LOL

First of all, if he requested prime time access now to do what you advised, the major networks would turn him down.

Secondly, the “lets blame the Dems” card has been over used and probably won’t gain any traction with the American public at large. In fact it would probably lower his numbers even more.

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Secondly, the “lets blame the Dems” card has been over used and probably won’t gain any traction with the American public at large. In fact it would probably low his numbers even more.


PS the Cubs are beign no hit, in the 5th inning
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Just who the hell are the idiots that say: "Uhhhh, I DON'T KNOW. Duhhhh. Uhhhhh."

I mean really. It's a simple question. Most people answer it.
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President Carter had the lowest approval ratings on record.
wasn't it Truman at 24% ?
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Originally Posted by wendersfan


President Carter had the lowest approval ratings on record.
What was it? I just browsed the web and it came up with a site that said it was Eisenhower at 20%. I'll take your word over that of a random web site. I was just curious what it was.
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When would Ike have had a 20% rating? When was his low point - when the Soviets detonated an H-bomb? Sputnick? He probably averaged, over his presidency, one of the highest approval ratings in the last 75 years.
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Like the President really cares what his approval ratings are. It's not like he can run for office again.

Yet.
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Like the President really cares what his approval ratings are. It's not like he can run for office again.

Yet.
I can assure he cares.

1. He's concerned about his legacy.

2. If he has any agenda at all - he is most assuredly concerned with his approval ratings, because Congress is well aware of them.
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