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 â€” in particular, immigration and gas prices â€” 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.
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.