Wednesday, May 10, 2006

How Low Can He Go?

Bush approval rating slides to new low of 31 percent

A New York Times / CBS News poll released on Wednesday showed a further slide in George Bush's overall job approval rating, at 31 percent the lowest figure of his presidency.

The poll also showed a decline in support for the Iraq war. Only 39 percent of respondents said that going to war had been the correct decision, down from 47 percent in January.

Two-thirds of respondents said the country was in worse shape than it was when Bush took office six years ago. A similar percentage said they had "little or no confidence that Mr. Bush could successfully end the war," the Times said.

It noted that the overall job approval figure ties that of the low point of his father in July, 1992, four months before the elder Bush lost to Bill Clinton.

"Americans have a bleaker view of the country's direction than at any time in more than two decades," the Times wrote, noting that Bush's specific approval ratings for his management of foreign policy, Iraq and the economy are all at the lowest levels of his presidency. Only 13 percent said they approved of Bush's handling of the key issue of rising gasoline prices.


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