Saturday, May 05, 2007

Newsweek Poll: GWB Has Lowest Poll Numbers In A Generation

I know David Broder and many of the other storied members of the Washington press corps continue to hope for a "Bush bounce," but it ain't happening. Here are the latest poll numbers from Newsweek for the preznut and his would-be Grand Old Party successors:

May 5, 2007 - It’s hard to say which is worse news for Republicans: that George W. Bush now has the worst approval rating of an American president in a generation, or that he seems to be dragging every ’08 Republican presidential candidate down with him. But According to the new NEWSWEEK Poll, the public’s approval of Bush has sunk to 28 percent, an all-time low for this president in our poll, and a point lower than Gallup recorded for his father at Bush Sr.’s nadir. The last president to be this unpopular was Jimmy Carter who also scored a 28 percent approval in 1979. This remarkably low rating seems to be casting a dark shadow over the GOP’s chances for victory in ’08. The NEWSWEEK Poll finds each of the leading Democratic contenders beating the Republican frontrunners in head-to-head matchups.

71% of respondents in the Newsweek poll say they are unhappy with the direction of the country.


Only 25% are happy with the way things are going.

And to say it just one more time for the members of the media like David Broder and Mark Halperin who think Bushie's doing great and is in the midst of a historical comeback, with 28% approval and 64% disapproval, George W. Bush has tied Jimmy Carter for unpopularity.

That's right - he's in Carter territory.

And the Newsweek poll, while usually showing lower approval/higher disapproval ratings for Preznut Bush than other major polls, is NOT an outlier in measuring the preznut's historic unpopularity with the American people and the huge spread between those who approve of him and those who don't.

The last 9 major polls taken before the Newsweek poll have similar findings:

Quinnipiac (4/25-5/1): Approve: 35% Disapprove: 60%
Diageo/Hotline (4/26-4/30): Approve: 35% Disapprove 62%
CBS/NY Times (4/20-4/24): Approve: 32% Disapprove: 61%
NBC/WSJ (4/20-4/23): Approve 35% Disapprove: 60%
Pew (4/18-4/22): Approve: 35% Disapprove: 57%
Fox (4/17-4/18): Approve: 38% Disapprove: 54%
Gallup (4/13-4/15): Approve: 36% Disapprove: 60%
ABC/Wash Post (4/12-4/15): Approve: 35% Disapprove: 62%
CNN (4/10-4/12): Approve: 36% Disapprove: 62%

In the 10 major polls taken in the last month, Bush averages -25.7% in approval/disapproval.

If you take out the relatively friendly -16% he garners in the Fox Noise poll, Bush averages -26.7% in approval/disapproval.

There is no Bush Bounce.

There is rather a Bush Suck.

Let's see if the current crop of republican successors to Bushie can generate enough momentum to pull away from the enormous power of the Bush Suck.

I've seen a couple of polls recently that concerned me. In one, the question was "Do you believe that Bigfoot could be a creature from another dimension?" If you add up the Yes, definitely, Yes, possibly, and Don't know, you get 25%. In another poll asking whether the Second Coming of Jesus would occur this year (2007), 25% responded Yes.

Why do I suspect that the 25% who believe Bush is doing a great job, the people who accept Bigfoot as an extra-dimensional being and the people who are getting ready for the Rapture are all the same people?

The idea that one person out of four in this country is stark staring mad is more than a little disturbing.
That 25% has got to be major stockholders and major stockholder wannabees.
Pull away is the key word. I noticed that Mike pointed out the other day that GWB was mentioned exactly once during the debate. ONCE! Reagan, on the other hand, was mentioned I think by everyone.

My favorite was a commentator on CNBC when asked who was the big winner from the debate who said, "I think Ronald Reagan won."
Kicksiron, that's a great stat - 25% believe Mr. Jesus is coming back this year, Bigfoot might be a creature from another dimension and the Iraq war is going swimmingly and Bush is the second coming of Harry Truman.

That really says it all.

Pt, that's a great line by the CNBC guy.

I still say Huckabee would be the best nominee for the GOP. I don't understand why they don't see it that way. I guess they're too consumed with finding another Reagan...
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