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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