Monday, February 27, 2006

CBS Poll Puts Bush's Approval At A New - 34%

Proving that Bushie's approval rating can go lower than during the immediate aftermath of the Katrina disaster, a CBS News poll puts the preznit's approval rating dangerously close to the Mendoza line:

(CBS) The latest CBS News poll finds President Bush's approval rating has fallen to an all-time low of 34 percent, while pessimism about the Iraq war has risen to a new high.

Americans are also overwhelmingly opposed to the Bush-backed deal giving a Dubai-owned company operational control over six major U.S. ports. Seven in 10 Americans, including 58 percent of Republicans, say they're opposed to the agreement.


The troubling results for the Bush administration come amid reminders about the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina and negative assessments of how the government and the president have handled it for six months.

In a separate poll, two out of three Americans said they do not think President Bush has responded adequately to the needs of Katrina victims. Only 32 percent approve of the way President Bush is responding to those needs, a drop of 12 points from last September’s poll, taken just two weeks after the storm made landfall.

We shouldn't underestimate the impact of the ports deal on the preznit's approval rating. According to the CBS News poll, only 43% of Americans now approve of the way Bushie is handling the War on Terror while 50% disapprove, a 9 point drop in approval since January. Bush's approval ratings on his handling of the Iraq war have also hit an all-time low - 30%. Only 36% of Americans think things are going well in Iraq, a 9 point drop since January, while 62% think things are going badly, an eight point increase since January.

These are not good times for the Bush administration. If you think about it, they haven't had a good news cycyle since before the State of the Union address in late January, and with this 45 day review of the Dubai ports deal about to commence and Iraq exploding into civil war, you'd have to think they're not going to win a news cycle anytime soon.

Which means Bushie's numbers aren't going up for a long, long while.

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