Monday, April 10, 2006
How Many Times Must A Man Hit The Skids....
... before you label his Presidency a complete and utter failure??
Is ANYONE keeping track of the number of times we've seen headlines like "Poll Finds Bush Job Rating At New Low"? Are we so conditioned at this point to hearing how shitty our President is that we no longer care? That we're no longer surprised by the news? That we're unwilling to be outraged at the incompetence?
Look at the numbers represented in this poll:
*38 percent approval rating - the lowest showing in the Post-ABC poll since Bush took office;
* SIXTY PERCENT disapprove - to put it another way, three of every five people asked disapprove of the job Bush is doing - 47 percent say they "STRONGLY" disapprove;
* Only 35 percent of those polled approve of the job being done by the Republican-led Congress (lowest approval rating in nine years);
* In the "Let's Wait And See" category, we find this little nugget:
A majority of registered voters, 55 percent, say they plan to vote for the Democratic candidate in their House district, while 40 percent support the Republican candidate. That is the largest share of the electorate favoring Democrats in Post-ABC polls since the mid-1980s.Democrats have taken over as the party that Americans trust on the issues of government. But the leads aren't where you might expect them - these leads are in areas that the GOP has locked up for quite a few years now. For example:
* Americans trust Democrats more than Republicans to do a better job in handling Iraq, by a 49-42 majority;
* Democrats hold a 49-43 advantage over Republicans on handling of the economy;
* Perhaps most telling is the slight 46-45 advantage Democrats now show over Republicans on the issue of terrorism. This advantage falls within the margin of error, but there was a time not so long ago where it never would have been anywhere near so close.
Of course, Democrats now hold a 12 point advantage on the issue of immigration, a 25 point lead on fixing the issue of corruption in Washington, a 28 point lead on prescription drug benefits for the elderly, and a 32 point lead on health care.
How many times must the democratic leadership hear numbers like these, before they decide to grow a spine?
The answer, my friends, is blowing in the wind...
Tags: Bush, poll, approval rating, Democrats, Republicans, Congress, elections
Posted by FleshPresser at 10:45 PM /
Marie posted at 6:54 PM
I'm a supporter of Pres. Bush and am a little sceptical of those polls. I live in a liberal area and I don't think that high a percentage of my neighbors have a negative view of him.
If it's true, though, it should be apparent at the next election, and then the democrats will win lots of house seats and governorships and so forth. So wait until the next election, and we'll see.
FleshPresser posted at 7:53 PM
Let me start my congratulating you on your civility - I believe that you are the first Bush supporter to stop by with a level tone, and calm rational words.
As far as your skepticism goes - I believe that being skeptical is healthy.
That being said, there is a CRITICAL mass of these polls from a WIDE variety of sources that are all saying the same thing - they range from Washington Post polls to Fox News polls, and everything in between.
Just in case you'd like to take a look, I gathered a few more of the recent ones for you to consider:
This list, of course, is not comprehensive, and only covers the polls that I've cited in the last month and a half or so... there are MANY more to choose from, but they all say the same basic thing. Again, I would ask ANY readers who find different results from a reputable source to PLEASE bring them to my attention. This isn't simply a case of "the liberal media."
Finally, I would LOVE to know, in a very civil way, what it is about the President, given everything that we know about him at this point, that you find to support?