Thursday, March 16, 2006

He Excels at Incompetence

As I’ve sure you’ve heard from the big blogs already, the president is now at 33% approval rating according to the Pew Research Center. It seems that the fumble of the Dubai Ports World deal is what did it, and incredibly, the president’s loss is Congress’s gain; they actually got high marks from the poll responders for their stand against the deal.

Most Americans (58%) believe Congress acted appropriately in strenuously opposing the deal, while just 24% say lawmakers made too much of the situation. While there is broad support for the way Congress handled the dispute, more Americans think Democratic leaders showed good judgment on the ports issue than say the same about GOP leaders (by 30%-20%).

There’s more sobering news for Mr. Bush:

The president’s ratings for handling of several specific issues, particularly terrorism, have also declined sharply. Just 42% now approve of Bush’s job in handling terrorist threats, an 11-point drop since February. In January 2005, as Bush was starting his second term, 62% approved of his handling of terrorist threats.

Bush’s personal image also has weakened noticeably, which is reflected in people’s one-word descriptions of the president. Honesty had been the single trait most closely associated with Bush, but in the current survey “incompetent” is the descriptor used most frequently.

That’s incredible. Fifty-seven percent of the people polled disapprove of the job he’s doing and the most common word they associate with him is “incompetent.”

As much as we’d like to, the progressives and the blogosphere can’t take credit for finally getting the word out to the electorate just how badly Mr. Bush is doing; if we had that much impact, John Kerry would be president. No, he’s pretty much done this all on his own, and quite effectively, I might add. In fact, if President Bush was as good at running the country as he is at screwing things up, he’d go down in history as one of the greatest presidents of all time.