Monday, May 23, 2005

Goin’ Down

From CNN:

President Bush’s job approval rating dropped near its all-time low and Congress received poor marks as well in a national poll released Monday.

Forty-six percent of 1,006 adults polled over the weekend said they approved of the overall job Bush is doing, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll.


The 46 percent figure is down about 4 percentage points since a poll taken at the beginning of May.

The approval rating poll question, asked by telephone on May 20-May 22, had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.


On domestic issues, the president’s approval ratings are at an all-time low — 40 percent of respondents approve of his work on the economy and 33 percent approve of his plans for Social Security changes.


On the Iraq war, the president’s approval mark remained low — just 40 percent of those agreed with the way he is handling the situation.

Most of those surveyed (52 percent) said they think Bush has “the personality and leadership qualities a president should have.”

But many said they differ on the issues that matter most to them — 57 percent disagreed with the president, while 40 percent said they agreed.


When asked to choose, 58 percent of respondents in the split part of the poll said Republican leaders were behaving like “spoiled children” on the matter while 31 percent picked “responsible adults.”

Democratic leaders were viewed almost in the same light, with 54 percent of respondents disapproving and 36 percent approving.

On a separate question asked of half the respondents, 48 percent said they favored the Democrats in the dispute and 40 percent favored the GOP.


The poll also indicated Americans might want a change in Congress, with 47 percent of all respondents saying the country would be better off if Democrats were in control, compared with 36 percent who favored Republicans.

Okay, let’s review: the president is getting hosed on every issue that he says is important to him: the economy, Social Security, and the war and the Republicans in Congress are getting the shit beaten out of them in their attempt to nuke the filibuster. (Frankly, according to the poll, the whole Hill looks like a kindergarten on a sugar buzz.) If we had a Canadian-style system and could call a snap election, the Republicans would be sucking out of the other side of the lemon, Nancy Pelosi would be the Speaker of the House, and Tom DeLay would be in D-block in Texas married to the guy with the most cigarettes.

On the upside for Bush, they think he’s got a nice personality. Yeah, I’ve had blind dates like that…