Wednesday, October 12, 2005

NBC/WSJ Poll Finds Bush Ratings Still Sinking

NEW YORK For the first time in the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, President Bush’s approval rating slipped below 40%, while the percentage believing the country is heading in the right direction has dipped below 30% percent.

In addition, a sizable plurality prefers a Democratic-controlled Congress, and just 29% think Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers is qualified to serve on that court, although nearly half say they don't know enough about her to judge.

This from MSNBC reporter by Mark Murray regarding the poll:

Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted the survey with Hart, adds that he has disliked stories portraying Sept. 11 and Katrina as bookends for Bush — that the first event boosted his presidency, while the second has done the opposite. But he says these poll numbers suggest that is indeed what’s happening. “It’s hard to avoid that bookend story.”

According to the poll, Bush’s job approval has plummeted to 40 percent, an all-time low for the president. That’s a drop of 6 points from the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll taken in July, and it’s consistent with results from other recent national surveys. The poll also finds that just 37 percent of respondents approve of Bush’s job handling Iraq, compared with 58 percent who disapprove — another all-time low. In addition, 55 percent want to reduce the number of troops in Iraq, while just 36 percent want to maintain the current level there.

GOI: Tim Russert on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams reported as well that, "only 2%, 2% of African-Americans in the United States approve of George Bush's handling of the Presidency. The lowest we have ever seen in that particular measurement."

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crimnos said...

Wow, how low can it go? I'm incredulous. It will have to rebound soon. Or not.

Time to pull out the guillotine...


andi said...

what the hell, is he checking for a pulse? just give it up already, dubya. you sold your soul to the Devil years ago, and i'm betting your heart went with it.

Jessica said...

2% !!!!!

james said...

How low can ya go?! Feels like we are playing a national game of limbo.


Yeah, I am heartened that a majority of Americans want a dem Congress in '06.


Someone should tell Bush that 2% is not just a grade of milk!!

Blake said...

2%? That's way too high.

james said...


Yeah, I'd imagine the actually number being more like 1% or even less.

Underground Logician said...

Ah yes, the dreaded guillotine! I saw that Crimnos! *LOL*

Yes, it's all just kidding...for you. Others? Very serious.

Underground Logician said...

I have an hypothesis: The reason President Bush's approval ratings are slipping is because he is too liberal.

One, he spends money like a liberal, perhaps moreso, and is out of step with his conservative ilk who typically cut spending for social programs. Two, he's in a war with an agenda that he has failed to make clear, much like Clinton in Bosnia, Haiti, or Samalia. He made appeals to the UN, just like Clinton. We're supposed to trust him like we were supposed to trust Clinton. And, he makes his appeal through the lense of Christianity, just like Clinton did when he would take photo ops of his huge bible on the way to church.

The fact is we know Bill Clinton IS a sleazeball, so his actions fit his person. He wasn't a hypocrite; he was being the pondscum that he is. Bush, on the other hand, is awkward in acting like a "Clinton" and the people can't stand it. We want the conservative Bush that we elected, not a pandering wimp who is trying to make everyone happy. Nothing irritates people more when you have a sycophantic leader trying to get people to like him. Bush is trying to do this, and the polls show it.

So, the left's kneejerk reaction to Bush policy is that they can't stand the liberalism they "stand" for. Kinda conflicted, I'd say.

So...whataya think?

james said...


I agree in part with your arguement. I think that he is slipping in poll numbers because he is neither liberal NOR conservative.

As well as the on-going image of rampant cronyism, corruption and incompetence that surrounds his leadership of the country and Republican party.

I think that he is seen (on both sides of the aisle) as a President who prefers to bow to "Big Business" and his loyal, tight cadre of friends then his base or the average American.

That is my take anyway. You raise some good points for me to think about and I hope that I do the same for you.