Monday, May 08, 2006


Bush approval rating falls to new low in poll

The headline writers must be getting bored. Maybe they should just start putting the new number in the headline and spare readers the suspense of clicking to find out...

that Bush's approval rating has now fallen to 31 percent, the lowest ever recorded for him. The details are scary for his party, according to USA Today:
Bush's fall is being fueled by erosion among support from conservatives and Republicans. In the poll, 52% of conservatives and 68% of Republicans approved of the job he is doing. Both are record lows among those groups.

Moderates gave him an approval rating of 28%, liberals of 7%.

What's more, it appears that numbers this low tend to fall into the category of "beyond recovery":

Only four presidents have scored lower approval ratings since the Gallup Poll began regularly measuring it in the mid-1940s: Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and the first George Bush. When Nixon, Carter and the elder Bush sank below 35%, they never again registered above 40%.
Something tells me Bush is no Harry Truman...

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