Skip to comments.Bush approval rating dips to 39 percent - poll
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
I find it slightly amusing that ABC is so giddy about this that they're citing a rival network's poll. LOL
He's doomed. We better get ready for President Kerry.
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.
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.
Looks like the same MSNBC poll that was the site for earlier Mires festivities.
Exit polls do say that kerry will be the next president
... MSM is on crack these days
The Liberals must be really happy.
That does it! I will never vote for Bush again!!!
MSNBC POLL. Five points under, minimum.
With these numbers, I guess Bush chances in 2008 are slim........
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.
Forgot to mention that the sample was a slim 800 people on a weekend - better make that 10 points off.
So they're finally going to get some mileage out of Paul Wellstones crash-and-burn?
Yeah. This is nothing new. YAWN!!!!!
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.
He's the media's punching bag. He's hurting this whole movement...or what's left of it now.
Unless he dumps Cheney from the ticket (recycled sarcasm).
Looks like I was right - five points difference.
The key loss is with Republicans. My guess is that his attempt to nominate a "moderate" justice torpedoed his approval ratings.
If you look at the ratings, they were starting to climb back into the upper forties/ fifties - but then the whole nomination thing hit.
instead of firing up his base, he lost at least ten, maybe twenty "approval" points from the base. Not smart.
Soon to replace "It's Bush's fault"
With, "It's Mclellon's fault".
I bet alot of the polls numbers have to do with conservatives unhappy with Bush and the Miers nod and the Katrina financing proposals.
I used to hate "polls." Now that there is such a huge selection of them to chose from, I don't hate them anymore. There's a "poll" for everyone! Take your pick!
LOL, You remember that too :-)
.000002% of the American population. Not even close to being valid.
The bleeding isn't going to stop until the Miers' nomination is pulled and a proven originalist put up her place. Further alienating the base will mean the numbers don't recover.
"The poll of 807 adults"
...........in midtown Manhattan.........during the weekend.....
ROFL!!! That is priceless!
At least they polled adults...
Hopefully more conservatives will begin to see the light and shun Bush and the Republicans.
I'm sure all the DUmmies that frequent FreeRepublic and refer to themselves as 3rd party conservatives are dancing over this...
The Liberal Strategy is now clear: keep the "Bush is hated all over the USA" drumbeat dripping daily by their MSM Propagandists, hoping that sets Democrats up as the "You HAVE to vote for us because our polling tells us you think Bush Sucks" alternative in forthcoming elections.
This sleight-of-hand is all they've got. Their real aim is to get away with "winning" by NOT presenting ideas, solutions or agendas. How many times has Rush recounted congressional Democrats recently meeting "behind closed doors" to "decide what they stand for" (which is code for "how can we plausibly deny or disguise what we REALLY stand for?").
The only question for conservatives is: can such a tactic weaken our resolve so as to stay home on election days?
I wouldn't expect anything else from the Chicken Broadcasting Network.
The president has no power, the president has no power, the president has no power - that's the mantra from the media. Yet congress, both Republican and Democrat, are polling at least seven points behind the president.
But Bush has no political capital to spend. What crud.
Scott M. is the worse I have ever seen and it is like he has someting caught in his rectum.
I AGREE AGAIN
Never liked this guy.. we need someone with and explosive personality and agile intelligence... some one like Rumsfeld, who makes them look the fools they are. I LOVE to watch Rumsfeld spar with the fools of the media... :) , they simply can't compete with him.
Does anyone really care what these polls say any more? They make such a big deal about them, then we trounce them come election time. So what's the point?
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm . . . I wonder why ABCNews is publicizing another network's poll?!
1.) NBC JA comparatives:
last poll: 40% approve 55% disapprove (-15)
this poll: 39% approve 54% disapprove (-15)
SINCE WHEN DOES 'NO CHANGE' CONSTITUTE A "PLUNGE"?!
2.) Polling methodology:
In typical MSM fashion, the MSNBC website DOES NOT provide sampling data other than
a.) the poll featured an atypically high MOE of over 4% vs the standard 3%, and
b.) the poll was conducted over a HOLIDAY WEEKEND -- a major NO NO in the polling business.
BOTTOMLINE: This poll was purposely designed to shape public opinion NOT gather valid polling results!
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE . . .
FROM POWERLINE JUST TODAY:
But are Bush's numbers really that bad? His current Real Clear Politics average stands at 41.7% approval. That is at or about the low point in nearly five years in office. How does it compare to other presidents' lowest poll ratings? Actually, it's not bad. Here are the low approval ratings for the last seven presidents:
*Bush I: 29%
Yes, that's right: Every president since 1963 has had approval ratings, at one time or another during his administration, at least five points lower than Bush's current nadir.
Add the margin of error, and factor in the usual 10% MSM bias, and it's comfortabley above 50%. Nothing to worry about. And if we can get all the conservatives to quite whining and get behind our president, it'll be even higher than that.
Why? The President is not behind conservative causes.