Just As I Thought

Late to the party, but welcome

Now, my only question about the latest Bush poll numbers is this: where were all you people way back in 2000, when we first started telling you about this guy? Well, I can’t say that in this situation it’s better late than never, but hell — welcome to reality, such as it is.

In a CBS News/New York Times poll out Thursday, more than half the public disapproves of the job he’s doing. And it gets worse from there:

  • Only 39 percent approve of his handling of the economy.
  • Only 39 percent approve of his handling of foreign policy.
  • Only 37 percent approve of his handling of the war in Iraq.
  • Only 25 percent approve of his handling of Social Security.
  • Only the campaign against terrorism gets the approval of more than half those questioned.

On Iraq, the President’s 37 percent approval rating (not much different from the 38 percent he received last month) is also similar to the low ratings he received last summer. The percentage of Americans who say taking military action against Iraq was the right thing to do is now at 45 percent, matching the lowest level ever found in this poll. 51 percent think the U.S. should have stayed out of Iraq.

The President fares worst when it comes to opinion of his handling of Social Security. Despite Bush’s months-long promotion of his plan for Social Security, only one in four Americans approves of the way he is handling the issue.


  • Bush’s approval rating is 20 points LOWER than Clinton’s on the day he was impeached!

    What a fucked up system we have.

  • Unfortunately for you, the only poll that matters happens the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November every 4 years and Bush won that one handily. Really, who cares about polls? The easiest way to get high poll number is to never do anything that demands sacrifice, which Clinton excelled at. Terrorist attack; launch a few cruise missiles at some empty buildings (or tents) and declare victory and move on to the next news cycle.

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