Skip to comments.Bush support rating falls to 29 percent: poll
Posted on 05/12/2006 11:52:13 AM PDT by Icelander
The poll, conducted by the Wall Street Journal, is the latest to indicate a slump in public support for the US leader as his Republican party heads into the campaign for mid-term elections in November.
In the poll, released in the newspaper's online edition, Bush has lost six percentage points in a month.
Iraq remains the main concern. Twenty-eight percent of Americans say it is one of the two most important topics, up from 23 percent in April, followed by IMMIGRATION (16 percent) and the price of petrol (gasoline) (14 percent).
Only 24 percent of the 1,003 people asked between May 3-8 said they believed the United States was "heading in the right direction". According to the Journal, 69 percent said "things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track".
Bush is closing in on the unpopularity level of President Richard Nixon (24 percent) at the moment of his resignation in 1974 over the Watergate scandal.
It looks like Conyers, Rangel, Kerry and so forth will be in charge of all the committees in Congress in a few months.
This approval rating reminds me of Michael Dukakis. Ugh.
Full employment, the highest rate of home ownership in the history of the world, etc. A lot of good things are happening. Yet we're way off on the wrong track and the country's headed in the wrong direction...according to the WSJ poll.
Iraq and immigration are really playing havoc with the prexy.
I still love the guy, but he's got to pay more attention to the conservative base of the party.
"Bush is closing in on the unpopularity level of President Richard Nixon (24 percent) at the moment of his resignation in 1974 over the Watergate scandal."
What a travesty.
Shouldn't we just commission Reuters or the NYT to conduct a poll to determine who our federal legislators and executive-in-chief should be?
Ok, I'll go put on my flame retardant undies now.
With numbers like this, he'll be out of office by early 2009.
Everyone else is forgetting two things that Bush seems to remember.
1. Whether his approval rating is 10% or 90% he is still the President, with the powers that go with the job.
2. He is not running for office in November. The only way for his approval rating to affect the outcome is if the candidates actually running panic and forget that.
In other words, BFD. This could be turned around in a week with something like Congressional Hearings on protecting terrorists from military surveillance.
""Bush is closing in on the unpopularity level of President Richard Nixon (24 percent) at the moment of his resignation in 1974 over the Watergate scandal.""
That is the exact reason for these polls. That's what the media is figuratively praying for. Where are the stories about the last two Rasmussen polls that have Bush at 41% (Monday) and 39% (today)?
"Ok, I'll go put on my flame retardant undies now."
HAHA I have to remember that one. LOL
These days it seems in vogue to disapprove of Bush. Some of it is warranted but most of it isn't. If anyone can make a comeback its Bush. He hasn't done any fighting back yet since the new team has been assembled (Bolton and Snow. I have a hunch he will let everyone have his/her negative say and come back swinging. He starts Monday w/ the press conference. I hope he follows through. Even though Bush 41 lost his reelection bid he recovered from a 29% approval rating. Maybe it is a Bush thing.
Does he miss out on contractual bonuses if he falls below the Mendoza line?
I think you are forgetting something as well...
1. Powers are useless when he refuses to enforce the law
2. No, but the GOP is, and his ratings will matter come the primaries, as they will be associated with the party as a whole
The President is having a 'Dole' moment in ignoring his base. When Dole ran for President, he said he didn't have to read what his base put in the platform. Dole went on from there to peddle Viagra.
"Wait until Monday night when he announces his latest scheme to help out his old buddy Vincente Fox"
Ha! It should drop another 5-10%!
Really, I think the Rove conjob will have Bush emphasize enforcement, sending the national Guard, etc., all the P.R. Talking points that have come out the last week or so. He may even repeat the class-warfare line "Jobs Americans Won't Do". He seems not to be able to help himself. He may be so bad the Union and Liberal elites tied into the overclass might have to listen to their underlings, and the press can't ignore the discontent.
So far the press has ignored the discontent with an alliance with Rove. Rove gave them the talking point to frame oppostion as only right wingers in the House. It's amazing how that meme took hold so uncritically.
World War IV may last longer than World War III (The Cold War) since it is actually a continuation of Islam's war against the West that has run hot and cold for centuries.
"Let's see we have no fence with Mexico."
"We have illegals running around in are streets waving Mexican flags."
Bush did not create illegal aliens, they have come into the US rampantly for years. However, only since Bush has become POTUS has it become an issue with Liberals, media and ridiculous conservatives such as yourself. They are waving Mexican flags now because they know it will enflame and create news.
"We have the largest spending since who knows when."
Do you know when?
"We have a war with Iraq thats going to last longer then World War 2."
We are not at war with Iraq, we are at war with terrorists in the Middle East. A situation which no other President has had the guts to tackle and has gone on for thirty years. We are going to be at war with Iran, very soon, which has been the US's primary target. Thank God we have leaders who had the foresight to take Iraq for geographical purposes, among other things.
Should I go on? 29 seems good considering what is going on with the Democrats who have done everything in their power, aligned with the pinko media, to destroy this President. God only knows where we would be if Bush wasn't fighting a war in his own country against his own countrymen.
"Bush is closing in on the unpopularity level of President Richard Nixon (24 percent)"
Yea, but what polls you don't read about are the approval #'s for Congress. They are lower than Bush's and so is Hillary's approval #'s. As someone wrote, "BFD".
Keep drinking your cool-aid Bushbot. Bush's poll numbers are not based on a desire to demolish his adminstration. He's doing that all by himself.
I ignore all these polls . I stand by our President .
I'm certain he thinks conservatives should take another one in the chops for the sake of the party - a mexican standoff, so to speak.
We'll see who blinks first, but I'm with you, I dearly hope the president comes around and realizes it is he that needs to rally the base.
Just conducted a poll in my office (the same that the Lame Stream Media keep conducting every thirty seconds in their newsrooms) and I have the President holding steady at 75%.
Guess we're alright for now.
It looks like Conyers, Rangel, Kerry and so forth will be in charge of all the committees in Congress in a few months.
I think the ball is in the President's and Congress' court.
-President's policy on immigration is too weak.
-Agree with the President's policy on immigration.
-President's policy on immigration is too harsh.
-President's policy on war in the Middle East is too weak.
-Agree with the President's policy on war in the Middle East.
-President's policy on war in the Middle East is too harsh.
Weight these responses as (+1) for too weak, (0) for agree, and (-1) for too harsh and sum them up. 0 is "middle of the road" (not necessarily the place to be but a place to gauge whether the President is striking a balance between conflicting positions on his policies).
If conservatives and liberals "disagree" on the President's policy, the media is being dishonest to portray the "disagreement" as any sort of unity between the conservatives and liberals on a policy.
I'd also like to see the media's approval numbers.
Hell, even the Simpsons aren't as popular as they once were.
"who's sole motivation in life seems to be to demolish this administration, and that goes for my fellow freepers."
I've posted the at-least-10 points-higher Rasmussen poll results on numerous threads and they have been ignored on every thread but one where someone commented that those numbers are nothing to be proud of either. It's cool to hate Bush. The liberals got what they wanted.
"I dearly hope the president comes around and realizes it is he that needs to rally the base."
Blank the base. Bush's base is turning into a bunch of whiners, who have an unrealisitc list of "we wants." Wasting time on crap like Harriet Myers. His base has zero loyalty to the cause and I pray you get Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry all wrapped into one, then when they are in control and start speaking their REAL truths maybe then Bush's base will rally.
According to a Gallup poll, Harry Truman's popularity was at 23 percent in December, 1951.
If Bush gets rid of the illegals...poll numbers jump to 80%! LOL
At least 80, I think it would be higher. He has to do something. That's why he's having the speech Monday. Obviously he's been looking at his numbers.
Just know that Roy Moore is making attacking the President part of his campaign for Governor.
On what issue?
All he needs to say Monday is that he is ordering 50,000 national guard troops to the border to patrol and start the assembly of a 1,000 mile wall. His poll numbers would go from 29/34% to 49/55% overnight. Bush will never see 60% ever again...too many people have it out for him and his other agendas. But he could get a tremendous spike and I think the way PR is gonna be handled in the WH with Snow now...the new ballgame begins on Monday.
We should just put up a sticky: "The President's polls suck but he isn't running for anything..."
Well, using Viagra certainly got Dole's pole up, so to speak.
1. Our country is being invaded from the south.
2. The invaders march in the street making demands.
3. Our ELECTED OFFICIALS sit back and do nothing.
4. We are spending BILLIONS overseas to fight the WOT while here at home anyone can waltz over our borders.
If at Monday's address to the nation President Bush does anything less than put the Guard on the border, his approval rating will drop another 5-10 percent and rightly so.
polls have also predicted President John Kerrie would assume control of the White House, Military recuiting was down because of the Global War on Terror ....
this Pole doesn't trust polls
"All he needs to say Monday is that he is ordering 50,000 national guard troops to the border to patrol and start the assembly of a 1,000 mile wall."
The operative word is "ordering"; not considering, not investigating, not consulting with congress, not looking into, BUT ACTUALLY DOING SOMETHING.
I demand my minority rights!
I dont think so. A world war is a declared open war between several nations. WWIII has not yet happened, but seems to be the looming Islamic advance into Europe. WWIV will be the West retaking these European losses and a complete clean sweep of the militant regimes rising in the Middle east.
These polls are worthless and designed to do nothing more than try to take Republicans down with the President or separate them giving room for "impeachment".
He'll "promise" more. He'll not explain anything about the amnesty, adding 1,000,000 green cards per year, etc.
He's bargaining with the people. He'll give us border security if we deflate the wages of the middle and lower classes.
It's a policy decision on his part. Selling it is tough, so the numbers aren't stated.
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