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C0m1ngD0wn 03-11-2006 03:07 AM

Bush's Approval Rating Falls to New Low
WASHINGTON - More and more people, particularly Republicans, disapprove of President Bush's performance, question his character and no longer consider him a strong leader against terrorism, according to an AP-Ipsos poll documenting one of the bleakest points of his presidency.

Nearly four out of five Americans, including 70 percent of Republicans, believe civil war will break out in Iraq — the bloody hot spot upon which Bush has staked his presidency. Nearly 70 percent of people say the U.S. is on the wrong track, a 6-point jump since February.

"I'm not happy with how things are going," said Margaret Campanelli, a retiree in Norwich, Conn., who said she tends to vote Republican. "I'm particularly not happy with Iraq, not happy with how things worked with Hurricane Katrina."

Republican Party leaders said the survey explains why GOP lawmakers are rushing to distance themselves from Bush on a range of issues — port security, immigration, spending, warrantless eavesdropping and trade, for example.

The positioning is most intense among Republicans facing election in November and those considering 2008 presidential campaigns.

"You're in the position of this cycle now that is difficult anyway. In second term off-year elections, there gets to be a familiarity factor," said Sen. Sam Brownback (news, bio, voting record), R-Kan., a potential presidential candidate.

"People have seen and heard (Bush's) ideas long enough and that enters into their thinking. People are kind of, `Well, I wonder what other people can do,'" he said.

The poll suggests that most Americans wonder whether Bush is up to the job. The survey, conducted Monday through Wednesday of 1,000 people, found that just 37 percent approve of his overall performance. That is the lowest of his presidency.

Bush's job approval among Republicans plummeted from 82 percent in February to 74 percent, a dangerous sign in a midterm election year when parties rely on enthusiasm from their most loyal voters. The biggest losses were among white males.

On issues, Bush's approval rating declined from 39 percent to 36 percent for his handling of domestic affairs and from 47 percent to 43 percent on foreign policy and terrorism. His approval ratings for dealing with the economy and Iraq held steady, but still hovered around 40 percent.

Personally, far fewer Americans consider Bush likable, honest, strong and dependable than they did just after his re-election campaign.

By comparison, Presidents Clinton and Reagan had public approval in the mid 60s at this stage of their second terms in office, while Eisenhower was close to 60 percent, according to Gallup polls. Nixon, who was increasingly tangled up in the Watergate scandal, was in the high 20s in early 1974.

The AP-Ipsos poll, which has a margin of error of 3 percentage points, gives Republicans reason to worry that they may inherit Bush's political woes. Two-thirds of the public disapproves of how the GOP-led Congress is handling its job and a surprising 53 percent of Republicans give Congress poor marks.

"Obviously, it's the winter of our discontent," said Rep. Tom Cole (news, bio, voting record), R-Okla.

By a 47-36 margin, people favor Democrats over Republicans when they are asked who should control Congress.

While the gap worries Republicans, Cole and others said it does not automatically translate into GOP defeats in November, when voters will face a choice between local candidates rather than considering Congress as a whole.

In addition, strategists in both parties agree that a divided and undisciplined Democratic Party has failed to seize full advantage of Republican troubles.

"While I don't dispute the fact that we have challenges in the current environment politically, I also believe 2006 as a choice election offers Republicans an opportunity if we make sure the election is framed in a way that will keep our majorities in the House and the Senate," said Ken Mehlman, chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Stung by criticism, senior officials at the White House and the RNC are reminding GOP members of Congress that Bush's approval ratings may be low, but theirs is lower and have declined at the same pace as Bush's. The message to GOP lawmakers is that criticizing the president weakens him — and them — politically.

"When issue like the internal Republican debate over the ports dominates the news it puts us another day away from all of us figuring out what policies we need to win," said Terry Nelson, a Republican consultant and political director for Bush's re-election campaign in 2004.

Bowing to ferocious opposition in Congress, a Dubai-owned company on Thursday abandoned its quest to take over operations at several U.S. ports. Bush had pledged to veto any attempt to block the transaction, pitting him against Republicans in Congress and most voters.

All this has Republican voters like Walter Wright of Fairfax Station, Va., worried for their party.

"We've gotten so carried away I wouldn't be surprised to see the Democrats take it because of discontent," he said. "People vote for change and hope for the best."

Jimbo 03-11-2006 09:23 AM

Re: Bush's Approval Rating Falls to New Low
Bush's Approval Rating Continue To Fall - :-o :-o :-o

Bush's Approval Rating Continue To Evaporate

Bush's Approval Rating Continue To Fall

Let’s hope it continues on its mathematical path down to ZERO. Then, perhaps, the embarrassment created to the institution & the media will force them to do something about it, rather than keep filling the airways w/ useless commentary.

Thank God for "Freedom Of Speech"...

rushdoony 03-11-2006 09:45 AM

Re: Bush's Approval Rating Falls to New Low
These surveys are so easy to manipulate,
and so subjective as to be useless.

It could be one guy in a room,
ordered by the Survey Company CEO
to "Write a Report on Bush with these Numbers".

One of the functions of Bush
or any front man is to
act as a diversion and take the blame
for the financial puppeteers
( controlling ten's of trillions of dollars )
behind the scenes and above him.

Also the Front Person is there
to take the blame for the crimes
of ordinary Government Workers.
They want you to think
for instance that our loss of freedom
cannot be blamed on any of
the tens of thousands of Homeland
Security employees. It's Bush's fault
they say. But that's wrong,
each employee is a Government Criminal,
carrying out violent government acts
and should quit their jobwelfare,
and should also be severely punished.

Indred 03-11-2006 10:06 AM

Re: Bush's Approval Rating Falls to New Low
I could not agree more with rushdoony. Our government is filled with robbers at an ordinary level. I know hundreds of local residents that work at a nearby military base. They are paid astronomical salaries for the work they do and brag about how they cheat their employer (us) daily. These people retire in their mid-fifties and sometimes then go to work for a contractor to the government and receive retirement plus another salary. Unbelievably they are even called back to the base and receive a salary with their retirement pay. It is a joke in our area. When our government says that Social Security will run out and that the average citizen does not deserve it anyway, why do they not include these bureaucratic leaches that bleed the tax payer and laugh about it. If we can not afford Social Security, we can not afford grossly over paid bums either.

Jimbo 04-13-2006 06:29 PM

Re: Bush's Approval Rating Falls to New Low
Bush's Impeachment Approval Ratings Are Looking Good - :-o :-o :-o

Bush's Impeachment Approval "86%" Looking Good !!!

Bush Should Be Impeached - Live Vote - MSNBC

Which on Thursday April 13, 2006 stands at 86%. So much for the bogus approval ratings.

Thank God for "Freedom Of Speech"...

sablefish 04-13-2006 08:41 PM

Re: Bush's Approval Rating Falls to New Low
Who really believes that voting really matters?.. come on you guys.. give me a break..

Only suckers vote.. They believe in democracy.. in other words.. For the NWO/Global Communism Forever... No matter what political party you vote for... What Dummies..

Hide from the Gubmnt.. They and all their politicians are Satanics... Hooked on Zionism to get the U.S. to support the Throne of Satan.. (The Rothschild's goal is to be whoreshipped as Gods on earth..) Yet their power comes from another entity foriegn to earth's soil.

We have been taken over by an alien force.. manifested thru them.. and the Global banking system that they represent.... Get used to it.


Jimbo 04-13-2006 09:24 PM

Re: Bush's Approval Rating Falls to New Low
To Crush The Serpent - :-o :-o :-o

To Crush The Serpent

To Crush The Serpent

No one is arguing that “voting” in the “United States of America” is a symbolic act. Presidents are “selected” in private by “secret cults” & the elections are nothing but a “tap dance” for the millions of stupid consumers. Granted.

However, if an Internet poll shows a majority of Americans are sick & tired of the lies & betrayals to their way of life, & if a movement strong enough can manifest itself as to cause the “impeachment” the “president,” what’s wrong w/ that ???

Something has got to count. A few grains of sand in your hand can’t certainly replenish your eroded beach front, but a few machines can do the job. There is power in the numbers…

Gas War - It Will Work

Look, if we didn’t care we wouldn’t be reading & posting. We would have given up a long time ago, & the NET would be deserted. But we care & we are still trying to find a way to “crush the serpent.”

Thank God for "Freedom Of Speech"...

04-13-2006 09:33 PM

Re: Bush's Approval Rating Falls to New Low
False Prophets and thoughts ave given to us who have yet interregated or own government

Evidently my thinking must be adjusted?

04-13-2006 09:38 PM

Re: Bush's Approval Rating Falls to New Low
Two minutes ago, I must have gotten stupid in head?
ATLEAST I'M Trying......

Jimbo 04-14-2006 08:51 PM

Re: Bush's Approval Rating Falls to New Low
Using WMDs To Prevent The Use Of WMDs - :-o :-o :-o

As Ratings Go Lower & Lower, "Attacking Iran" Looks More & More Attractive...

Using WMDs To Prevent The Use Of WMDs ???

The Human Costs of Bombing Iran - In The "Millions"...

"“The number of deaths could exceed a million, and the number of people with increased cancer risks could exceed 10 million,” according to a backgrounder by the Union of Concerned Scientists from May 2005."

"But it is now Bush Administration doctrine to be able to use such weapons. The new “National Security Strategy of the United States of America,” which Bush unveiled in March, discusses the use of nuclear weapons in an offensive way. “Our deterrence strategy no longer rests primarily on the grim premise of inflicting devastating consequences on potential foes,” it states. “Both offenses and defenses are necessary. . . . Safe, credible, and reliable nuclear forces continue to play a critical role.”

Even more explicit is the Pentagon’s draft of a revised doctrine for the use of nuclear weapons, which was revealed by Walter Pincus of The Washington Post last September.

It envisions using nuclear weapons for “attacks on adversary installations including WMD, deep hardened bunkers containing chemical or biological weapons.” It says that the United States should be prepared to use nuclear weapons “if necessary to prevent” another country from using WMDs."

Thank God for "Freedom Of Speech"...

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