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Bush approval rating dips to 39 percent - poll
ABC News ^ | Oct 12, 2005 | Reuters

Posted on 10/12/2005 8:31:55 PM PDT by counterpunch

Oct 12, 2005 — WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush's job approval rating has fallen to a new low of 39 percent in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on Wednesday.

Bush's approval rating dipped in the poll below a mid-September ranking of 40 percent. The survey also found only 28 percent of respondents believed the country was headed in the right direction, NBC reported.

Bush's political challenges have been piling up in recent weeks, from criticism over his handling of Hurricane Katrina, to growing unease over rising gas prices to conservative discord over the nomination of Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Many conservatives are outraged that Bush picked the White House insider with no judicial experience instead of a judge with clear-cut conservative credentials who could be counted on to move the high court firmly to the right.

Twenty-nine percent of people surveyed said Miers was qualified to serve on the highest court in the United States, while 24 percent thought she was not qualified and 46 percent said they did not know enough about her, NBC said.

The poll also found that strong majorities did not believe that recent charges against former House Republican leader Tom DeLay of Texas or a federal investigation of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Tennessee Republican, were politically motivated, NBC said.

DeLay has been indicted in Texas on money-laundering and conspiracy charges linked to campaign financing. Frist is being investigated over a stock sale.

With the 2006 congressional elections a year away, 48 percent of respondents said they preferred a Democratic-controlled Congress, compared with 39 percent who said they preferred Republican leadership, NBC said.

The 9-point difference was the largest margin between the parties in the 11 years the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll had been tracking the question, NBC said.

The poll of 807 adults was conducted from Saturday to Monday and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: antibush; bush; poll
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1 posted on 10/12/2005 8:32:01 PM PDT by counterpunch
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To: counterpunch

I find it slightly amusing that ABC is so giddy about this that they're citing a rival network's poll. LOL


2 posted on 10/12/2005 8:32:55 PM PDT by AntiGuv ()
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To: counterpunch

He's doomed. We better get ready for President Kerry.


3 posted on 10/12/2005 8:33:45 PM PDT by West Coast Conservative (Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.)
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To: AntiGuv

This is a Reuters story.
I happened to come across it on a Google news search.
I had dozens of sources to choose from.
This just so happens to be the one I chose.

It was a diversity pick.


4 posted on 10/12/2005 8:35:30 PM PDT by counterpunch (Save the GOP - withdraw Miers now)
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To: West Coast Conservative

No surprise here. It's been dropping ever since Mclellon became the spokesman. I said it before and I'll say it again. "He needs to go". The press LOVE him.


5 posted on 10/12/2005 8:35:48 PM PDT by MaineVoter2002 (http://jednet207.tripod.com/PoliticalLinks.html)
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To: counterpunch
Oh. Another poll thread. I sense everybody is getting tired. Maybe it's just my eyelids ;-)

Looks like the same MSNBC poll that was the site for earlier Mires festivities.

6 posted on 10/12/2005 8:36:28 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: All

Exit polls do say that kerry will be the next president


7 posted on 10/12/2005 8:36:54 PM PDT by italianquaker (Bush Derangement syndrome coming to a theatre near you)
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To: counterpunch
Funny how no one ever pays attention to Rassmussen who does the same poll day after day the same way. Instead they cherry pick their polls to find the one which gives them the results they want to believe are true. That's ok, it is going to be really amusing to watch reality slap them in the face.
8 posted on 10/12/2005 8:36:55 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (I'll try to be NICER, if you will try to be SMARTER!.......Water Buckets UP!)
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To: counterpunch

... MSM is on crack these days


9 posted on 10/12/2005 8:38:22 PM PDT by Cinnamon
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To: AntiGuv
Let them be giddy and let them rub their hands in glee until they have bone to bone contact. One major event like capture of Zarqawi or Bin Laden, or better situation in Iraq by next year, or even decline in gas prices, and all this glee and joy will turn into utter desperation and defeat. Remember that the liberals, their media whores, and sadly some knee jerk conservatives have declared the end of President Bush so many times in the the last five years, they declared their early fake victories, and have their fake orgasms only to be faced later on with the bitter reality of their own crushing defeat.
10 posted on 10/12/2005 8:39:48 PM PDT by jveritas (The Axis of Defeatism: Left wing liberals, Buchananites, and third party voters.)
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To: counterpunch

The Liberals must be really happy.


11 posted on 10/12/2005 8:40:09 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: counterpunch

That does it! I will never vote for Bush again!!!


12 posted on 10/12/2005 8:40:14 PM PDT by blogblogginaway
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To: counterpunch

MSNBC POLL. Five points under, minimum.


13 posted on 10/12/2005 8:40:53 PM PDT by BoBToMatoE
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To: counterpunch

With these numbers, I guess Bush chances in 2008 are slim........


14 posted on 10/12/2005 8:41:08 PM PDT by MJY1288 (Whenever a Liberal is Speaking on the Senate Floor, Al-Jazeera Breaks in and Covers it LIVE)
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To: MaineVoter2002

I absolutely agree!
That guy may be the most boring person to ever hold that job, not to mention the fact that he has problems making cohesive sentences. Bring back Ari.


15 posted on 10/12/2005 8:41:42 PM PDT by ruschpa
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To: counterpunch

Forgot to mention that the sample was a slim 800 people on a weekend - better make that 10 points off.


16 posted on 10/12/2005 8:42:04 PM PDT by BoBToMatoE
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To: counterpunch

So they're finally going to get some mileage out of Paul Wellstones crash-and-burn?


17 posted on 10/12/2005 8:42:09 PM PDT by digger48
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To: jveritas

Yeah. This is nothing new. YAWN!!!!!


18 posted on 10/12/2005 8:42:53 PM PDT by CommieCutter
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To: blogblogginaway

That's pretty good. I recently wrote a letter to the editor of the local paper, telling him that his daily attacks on President Bush had convinced me not to vote for him in'08. A couple of days later, some brain-dead leftie wrote in to tell me Bush could not run in'08 and that I was an idiot for not knowing that. Jeeze.


19 posted on 10/12/2005 8:43:32 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: ruschpa

He's the media's punching bag. He's hurting this whole movement...or what's left of it now.

http://jednet207.tripod.com/PoliticalLinks.html


20 posted on 10/12/2005 8:43:49 PM PDT by MaineVoter2002 (http://jednet207.tripod.com/PoliticalLinks.html)
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