Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Poll: Bush in Deep Doo-doo

Hey, don’t take my word for it. Here are the numbers.

The number of Americans disapproving of President Bush’s job performance has risen to the highest level of his presidency, according to the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Monday.

According to the poll, 53 percent of respondents said they disapproved of Bush’s performance, compared to 45 percent who approved.

The margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The 53 percent figure was the highest disapproval rating recorded in the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll since Bush became president in January 2001.

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The president’s worst numbers in the latest poll came on the issue of Social Security, with respondents disapproving of his performance by a margin of more than 2-to-1 — 64 percent to 31 percent.

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On the economy, only 41 percent of poll respondents said they approved of Bush’s performance, compared to 55 percent who disapproved.

On energy policy, only 36 percent approved, while 53 percent disapproved; and on health care, 34 percent approved and 59 percent disapproved.

Meanwhile, Poppy Bush is entertaining a friend:

Former President Bill Clinton joined his one-time political foe, former President George H.W. Bush, for a boat ride on the Atlantic Ocean after attending a book-signing Monday.

Clinton was seen kneeling to pet a dog when he arrived at Walker’s Point, the summer home of George and Barbara Bush on Maine’s rocky coast.

Later, Clinton and Bush waved to onlookers as they boated up and down a river before roaring into the ocean for a short ride in Bush’s three-engine boat.

The 1992 election rivals became good friends when they led fund-raising as part of the relief effort for victims of the tsunami that hit Asia in December.

If only Eugene O’Neill was alive to see the family dynamics going on here. Long Day’s Journey Into Night indeed.