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Thu Nov 10 08:56:58 MST 2005
Bush, GOP mired in political quicksand
NBC/WSJ poll shows president at new lows in all job approval categories
By Mark Murray
Updated: 7:52 p.m. ET Nov. 9, 2005
WASHINGTON - Democrats might be overstating that their gubernatorial
victories Tuesday in New Jersey and Virginia are glaring signs for next
years midterm congressional elections and beyond, but one thing is pretty
clear: President Bush and the GOP seem to be mired in political quicksand.
The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, released Wednesday night,
finds that all five of Bushs job approval ratings on overall job
performance, the economy, foreign policy, terrorism and Iraq are at
all-time lows in the survey. In addition, the CIA leak scandal seems to be
taking a toll on the administration, with nearly 80 percent believing the
indictment of Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, Lewis
Scooter Libby, is a serious matter, and with Bush experiencing a 17-point
drop since January in those who see him as honest and straightforward.
With the midterms a year away, these numbers could spell trouble for the
GOP. These are not good times for Republicans, says Republican pollster
Bill McInturff, who conducted the survey with Democratic pollster Peter D.
Hart. This is a very unhappy electorate thats going to be unstable, and
they are terrifically unstable numbers for a Republican majority.
Perhaps the best news for Republicans in the poll is that Democrats arent
necessarily faring much better. Both parties are having difficulties,
According to the poll, Bushs approval rating stands at an all-time low of
38 percent, a one-point decline since October; in fact, this is the third
consecutive NBC/Journal survey showing Bush at an all-time low on his job
approval. And it doesnt stop there: Approval for his handling of the
economy (34 percent), foreign policy (35 percent), terrorism (39 percent),
and Iraq (32 percent) have all hit rock bottom.
The poll, which was conducted of 1,003 adults from Nov. 4-7 and which has a
margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points, comes after a volatile
last few weeks for the Bush White House. On Oct. 25, the U.S. death count
in Iraq reached the 2,000 milestone. On Oct. 27, Harriet Miers withdrew her
Supreme Court nomination. A day later, Libby was indicted by special
counsel Patrick Fitzgerald on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice
in the CIA leak investigation.
Indeed, Iraq which has emerged as the publics top priority in the poll
has become a particularly thorny issue for Bush. Fifty-seven percent
believe he deliberately misled people to make the case for war, compared
with 35 percent who say he gave the most accurate information he had. In
addition, 58 percent are less confident the war will come to a successful
conclusion, and 57 percent say the United States should reduce the number
of U.S. troops there.
The CIA leak investigation also seems to be dogging the Bush
administration. Seventy-nine percent think that Libbys indictment is a
serious matter. (Libby has since resigned from the administration.)
Moreover, only 33 percent give Bush positive ratings for being honest and
straightforward a drop of 17 points since January, when Bush held a
50-to-36 percent score on this question.
And Libbys former boss, Cheney, also hasnt emerged unscathed. Just 27
percent view him positively. Thats a significant shift since January, when
he was viewed positively by a 42-to 41-percent margin.
Democratic pollster Jay Campbell of Hart Research notes that Americans are
paying attention to this CIA leak investigation. They think there is
something real here, he says. This is a really big deal.
So are Democrats poised to take advantage of this situation and pick up
seats in the 2006 congressional elections? Not necessarily. While the poll
shows that a plurality of 43 percent views the Republican Party negatively,
the Democratic Party doesnt fare much better just 33 percent view them
positively, vs. 36 percent who see them in a negative light.
We have a year [left], McInturff says. We dont see evidence where
theres much lift for Democrats. Of course, thats also especially true
Mark Murray covers politics for NBC News.
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