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Posted by on May 10, 2006 in At TMV | 7 comments

Bush’s approval rating sinks even lower (UPDATED)

According to Gallup, it’s now at 31 percent, “a 12-point decline since the start of the year”.

UPDATE (by TMV): Now there’s ANOTHER poll by CBS/New York Times which also shows 31 percent:

Americans have a bleaker view of the country’s direction than at any time in more than two decades, and sharp disapproval of President Bush’s handling of gasoline prices has combined with intensified unhappiness about Iraq to create a grim political environment for the White House and Congressional Republicans, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll.

Mr. Bush’s approval rating for his management of foreign policy, Iraq and the economy have fallen to the lowest levels of his presidency. He drew poor marks on the specific issues that have been at the top of the national agenda in recent months — in particular, immigration and gas prices — underscoring the difficulty the administration faces in reversing its political fortunes.

Just 13 percent approved of Mr. Bush’s handling of rising gas prices. Only one-quarter said they approved of his handling of immigration, as Congressional Republicans struggle to come up with a compromise to deal with the influx of illegal immigrants into the country.

Even worse:

Mr. Bush’s overall job approval rating hit another new low, 31 percent, tying the low point of his father, George H. W. Bush, in July 1992, four months before the elder Mr. Bush lost his bid for a second term to Bill Clinton. That is the third lowest approval rating of any president in 50 years; only Richard M. Nixon and Jimmy Carter were viewed less favorably.

Mr. Bush is even losing support in what has been his base: 51 percent of conservatives and 69 percent of Republicans now approve of the way Mr. Bush is handling his job. In both cases, those figures represent a substantial drop in support from four months ago.

The steady flow of downward polls are now getting to the point where it almost isn’t news anymore. It’s the norm.

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  • Cybrludite

    So, they going to release the internals on these polls? An awful lot of these things seem to be severely oversampling Democrats.

  • kitebro

    Why is it so high? Who still supports him. These people live in a Rush Limbaugh/Fox News bubble. Or they’re just plain bigots.

  • Elrod

    Maybe nobody calls themselves Republican anymore. All the Republicans are now Independents, and all the old Independents are now Democrats.

  • Kim Ritter

    In 2000 Bush won the nomination over McCain partly because of the Christian Coalition, which has become a powerful arm of the Republican party. McCain rejected the influence of Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority, Bush, an evangelical Southern Christian conservative was more to their liking. This group of fundamentalists still are loyal to him, and I believe the military and rich (who have become the ultra-rich due to his tax cuts) still support him as well. That is who is left.

    Many decent,”cloth coat”Republicans have become repulsed by the incompetence and rampant corruption of this administration and the Congress. True conservatives are angry about his stands on immigration and fiscal irresponsibility.

    The scariest aspect of this administration is its attempt to establish a permanent ownership class-a la permanent tax cuts, and a permanent Republican majority—a la Tom Delay and his K Street machinations. I’m just glad the rest of the country is finally waking up.

  • Ryan

    The sampling doesn’t seem to be that far off. 69% of Republicans and, if I recall, 28% of independents and approximately 5% of Democrats approve. Given those numbers, an overall approval rating of 30-33% seems about right.

    Even if the sampling was off, if they were consistently off, the drop in approval would still mean something.

    What I find interesting is that 51% of conservatives and 69% of Republicans approve of him. And here I’ve been getting told by Republicans around here that Republican and conservative are synonomous (as they tell me that the conservative/Republican way is the only right way). There’s an 18% spread that suggests differently.

  • JP

    True conservatives think he spends too much, and isn’t one of them. I partly agree, although I partly think that’s a positioning statement for the Republican candidate(s) in 2008. “He wasn’t a REAL conservative, give us another try..really! Think how bad it would be with a Democrat in office!”

    Maybe if we weren’t spending so much on a poorly run war, that would kill a couple of birds with one stone?

  • I generally respect real conservatives, even if I disagree (occasionally vehemently) with their positions on various issues. But as I’ve said repeatedly, Bush II and the rest of the leadership of the GOP are not real Republicans – they’re Repugnicans.

    I just don’t see how small government conservatives or fiscal conservatives can support a president who has shot their interests all to Hell over the last 6 years. Social conservatives aren’t thrilled with Bush II anymore either, because he’s not extreme enough for them (which is a scary thing to say, I must admit). Anti-immigration conservatives can’t approve of Bush given his push for guest worker programs and limited forms of amnesty.

    It’s amazing when the Democratic party has become more conservative in most respects than the GOP under Bush is. And if the Democrats successfully point this fact out before November, then there is a chance that either the Senate or the House will change hands. And if that happens, we’ll finally see some accountability out of the Bush Administration.

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