[Marxism] Bush's approval rating at all-time low
lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jan 27 07:43:12 MST 2006
(Make sure to read the final line in this excerpt from an article that is
far too long to post to the list.)
LA Times, January 27, 2006
Bush's Ratings Sink, but Trust Remains
By Ronald Brownstein, Times Staff Writer
WASHINGTON As President Bush prepares for next week's State of the Union
address, he faces widespread discontent over his job performance and the
nation's direction that could threaten his party in the 2006 election, a
Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll has found.
In the survey, 43% of Americans said they approved of Bush's performance as
president his weakest showing ever in a Times poll.
He received even lower marks for his handling of the economy, healthcare
and Iraq especially from women, who the poll found had turned against him
on several fronts. And by a 2-1 ratio, those surveyed said the nation
needed to change direction from the overall course Bush had set.
But most of those surveyed believed Bush's policies had made the nation
more secure. And a plurality say they trusted him more than they did
Democrats to protect the country against terrorism advantages that could
help Republicans defend their House and Senate majorities in November.
The poll found a majority still willing to take tough steps to reduce the
risk of terrorism including surrendering some of their civil liberties
and supporting military action against Iran if it continues to advance
toward developing nuclear weapons.
The contrasting findings frame what could be a crucial dynamic in this
year's elections: Whether broad, though slightly eroded, confidence in
Bush's handling of terrorism will outweigh persistent dissatisfaction over
his performance on domestic concerns and the war in Iraq.
The Times/Bloomberg poll, supervised by Times Poll Director Susan Pinkus,
surveyed 1,555 adults Sunday through Wednesday; its margin of error is plus
or minus 3 percentage points.
The poll findings pose another key question: Can Democrats significantly
benefit from discontent over Bush and the congressional GOP majority while
suffering their own image problems?
Just 36% expressed a favorable opinion of congressional Democrats, whereas
45% viewed them unfavorably. That's statistically the same as the showing
for congressional Republicans, who were viewed favorably by 38% and
unfavorably by 44%.
"I was watching the news
and I heard nothing from the Democrats," said
Dez Jackson, 20, a cashier in Greenville, S.C., who was sharply critical of
the president in the survey. "What are they, afraid to speak up?"
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