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Bush's approval ratings hit new low
Reuters ^ | April 24 2006

Posted on 04/24/2006 1:46:06 PM PDT by jmc1969

President George W. Bush's approval rating fell to 32 percent, a new low for his presidency, a CNN poll showed on Monday.

The survey showed that 60 percent of Americans disapprove of the way Bush is handling his job.

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To: Kenny Bunkport

You mean 40% don't you?

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/


51 posted on 04/24/2006 2:14:15 PM PDT by jmc1969
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To: JackDanielsOldNo7
They are for the bushbots.

Egad, I thought I was on FreeRepublic. I didn't realize I was on DU. My mistake!

52 posted on 04/24/2006 2:14:35 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: stopem

I'll expect to see you picking tomatoes in the fields outside our town.


53 posted on 04/24/2006 2:15:17 PM PDT by Kenny Bunkport
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To: jmc1969

Everything is magnified because Middle East policies have not produced better, for oil, for Israel, or for our Terror Alert Flag. The quicker Iraq can stand up and our troops stand down, the more success it will signify.


54 posted on 04/24/2006 2:15:23 PM PDT by ex-snook ("But above all things, truth beareth away the victory.")
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To: jmc1969

I saw this poll just hours before the election!


55 posted on 04/24/2006 2:15:57 PM PDT by Prost1 (Sandy Berger can steal, Clinton can cheat, but Bush can't listen!)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Oh, I'm not saying we were wrong to elect him, I would do it again. I'm saying I disagree with his positions on many issues Right Now, and I oppose amnesty, and I oppose PCfooting around in Iraq. I still like the guy, but I'm so sick of hearing about the "jobs American's woon't dew" that I tune him out whenever I hear his voice.


56 posted on 04/24/2006 2:16:29 PM PDT by Flavius Josephus (Nationalism is not a crime.)
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To: Kenny Bunkport
Rasmussen says he's at 45%.

No, they say 40% here.

57 posted on 04/24/2006 2:16:50 PM PDT by skip_intro
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To: jmc1969
The day there's no biased MSM report about GWB's approval rating or it's reported in an obscure part of page 27 somewhere will be a sure sign that it went up.
58 posted on 04/24/2006 2:17:08 PM PDT by AmeriBrit (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS A WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION, IT INCLUDES TERRORIST SLEEPER CELLS!!)
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To: stopem

$50 an hour will only go so far...


59 posted on 04/24/2006 2:17:51 PM PDT by lugsoul ("Crash" - the movie that teaches we are all incurable racists, except when we are not.)
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To: Glenn
We did this 20 years ago and here we are doing it again.

I know. This is a very frustrating..

60 posted on 04/24/2006 2:20:30 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Kerry-Mckinney in 2008!)
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To: skip_intro
Rasmussen's probably the most accurate because their sampling is far better. If Bush signs any immigration bill his numbers will only go up by maybe 5 points because only half the people will be satisfied and of course the ones not satisfied will vote "3rd party".
61 posted on 04/24/2006 2:20:42 PM PDT by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: jmc1969

Two reasons for Bush's low ratings: (1) the price of gas; and (2) the war. The war is getting on people's nerves; we are used to quick fixes, and the stress is taking its toll.


62 posted on 04/24/2006 2:21:51 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: jmc1969

What's was Bush's poll ratings in the two weeks prior to each Presidential election in November 2000 and 2004?

Why do people think Americans are stupid enough to be influenced by polls and not facts?


63 posted on 04/24/2006 2:22:07 PM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: jmc1969

Isn't this in the statistical margin of error from the last poll?

With words like "fell" in the headline I was expecting 30% approval at least.


64 posted on 04/24/2006 2:22:22 PM PDT by pollyannaish
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To: Flavius Josephus

Will illegal immigration become an issue that galvanizes the elections?


65 posted on 04/24/2006 2:22:46 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Immigration Control and Border Security -The jobs George W. Bush doesn't want to do.)
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To: jmc1969

While GW's approval rating has dropped to 32% there is still a 100% chance that he is still President and CNN is? Well???Behind FOX. ha!


66 posted on 04/24/2006 2:23:15 PM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: jmc1969

Although Bush's numbers are low (that's a fact), we must remember that this, like the Fox poll, is a poll of "adults," not "registered to vote," "likely to vote" or "most likely to vote." And of those "adults" CNN polls 8-9% more dems than Repubs, and a larger than normal group of "independents." If Scott Rasmussen were to poll individuals "likely to vote" using his proven methodology Bush would probably come in around 45% or so. Not great, but certainly not 32%.


67 posted on 04/24/2006 2:25:34 PM PDT by moose2004 (You Can Run But You Can't Hide!)
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To: Kenny Bunkport

Maybe not because all the produce in supermarkets are from other countries so we grow our own but thanks for thinking about me.

I rather see all the construction sites with Americans cause they WILL do the job, I rather see high school kids who want to save for college in fast food joints cause they WILL DO the jobs, I rather see American landscapers cutting grass and doing lawns once again, I rather see men come to my door who are Americans when I call a roofer and foundation repair, wallpaper hangers, painters ALL AMERICAN who would could and will do those jobs!!


68 posted on 04/24/2006 2:26:18 PM PDT by stopem (If we need a "guest worker" we'll call........if the phone doesn't ring it's me!)
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To: B4Ranch

bttt


69 posted on 04/24/2006 2:27:57 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (DON'T FIRE UNTIL YOU SEE THE WHITES OF THE CURTAINS THEY ARE WEARING ON THEIR HEADS !)
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To: Die_Hard Conservative Lady

If Bush would do what the people want, as you said, his polls would rise overnight. Its even taking away from Iraq,and gas prices. What is wrong with him? Hes stuck on two points, jobs that we won't do, and mass deportations are not realistic. Somebody in his staff, please wake him up!


70 posted on 04/24/2006 2:28:08 PM PDT by AprilMay
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To: Die_Hard Conservative Lady; All
I do not think that another 'Trail of Tears' would enhance the poll numbers of Pres Bush. I listened to most of his talk today and I think he made as good a case as he could for the practical and humane approach to dealing with the illegal immigration problem. He seemed to make a point of referring to "jobs Americans won't do" and I knew that would catch him a lot of flack. I am not one who disagrees with that sentiment. I have had many occasions in the past 10 years of renovating our home and trying to hire help to know that such is the case. The stories I could tell!! And I am not alone. Perhaps we could have a version of the Affirmative Action program that would require employers to publicly list job openings and Americans would be given first crack at them. He is right about the congress having the job of expanding or shrinking green cards for various nationality groups. Congress has the opportunity to resolve this situation if they will.
71 posted on 04/24/2006 2:30:55 PM PDT by mountainfolk (God bless President George Bush)
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To: stopem
People must have heard his great speech in Irvine CA.and the never ending insult slap-in-the-face line "jobs Americans just won't do"

I can't believe this intelligent, articulate President can't sell his beautiful vision of a merged USA-Mexico. What's the world coming to?

72 posted on 04/24/2006 2:32:36 PM PDT by dagnabbit (George Bush deported my children to Amerexico.)
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To: AprilMay
Just out of curiosity, with 4.7% unemployment, what pool of employees will go pick onions for $5.15 per hour?
73 posted on 04/24/2006 2:33:22 PM PDT by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: JackDanielsOldNo7
They are for the bushbots.

Yeah...it's only the Bushbots that don't believe them...that think it's come grand conspiracy. Guess they'll have to wait until November to figure out that some of that negative rating with the GOP and Bush is coming from the Base.

Must be nice to live in Xanadu.

74 posted on 04/24/2006 2:33:54 PM PDT by NELSON111
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To: stopem

You really should change your screen name to "Polly the Parrot" You've repeated the same thing in about 20 posts today already.


75 posted on 04/24/2006 2:39:28 PM PDT by AmeriBrit (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS A WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION, IT INCLUDES TERRORIST SLEEPER CELLS!!)
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To: mountainfolk

"Perhaps we could have a version of the Affirmative Action program that would require employers to publicly list job openings and Americans would be given first crack at them."

Let your job be one of the ones listed but at half the current pay. You might find that you have one of those jobs "Americans won't do".


76 posted on 04/24/2006 2:44:56 PM PDT by Prokopton
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To: NELSON111
Let me see, his approval rating was 48% when he was reelected and he's down 16% from that now. That means you are only 1/3rd of his base and the other 2/3rds just have a differencing of opinion on a single subject. Yea, I voted for him and that makes me a "Bushbot". Go vote 3rd party if you want and when the overall conservative movement goes no where from there don't blame Republicans for not being able to please everyone all the time. It's better to stick with the party and just start weeding out the Rinos and Libs.
77 posted on 04/24/2006 2:45:04 PM PDT by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: dc-zoo
Oil price hits a new high and Bush approval hits a new low.

That's the Hush Limbaugh defense for the administration. He wants to distract conservatives listeners from the real reason his poll numbers are low. Hush knows most listeners realize that the President doesn't control over gas prices (but he could repeal a gas tax or two).

The numbers are really low because of his amnesty plan which comes on the heals of pork spending, Harriet Miers, and Dubai Ports.

78 posted on 04/24/2006 2:45:14 PM PDT by Barney Gumble (A liberal is someone too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel - Robert Frost)
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To: Die_Hard Conservative Lady
Close the border and start deporting, and what watch the poll climb!

Gosh, you think it might climb all the way back to 50%. Immigration is only one of many "no win" causes just like social security reform, and the war on terror. Bush is low because of gas prices and very effective Dem talking points handed out to the media.

79 posted on 04/24/2006 2:47:19 PM PDT by AmusedBystander (Republicans - doing the work that Democrats won't do since 1854.)
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To: tobyhill

"Just out of curiosity, with 4.7% unemployment, what pool of employees will go pick onions for $5.15 per hour?"

Probably nobody, which means they have to pay more. How many doctors would work for 25,000 dollars a year? None, so we pay them 250,000. If nobody wants to pick tomatoes at 5.15, pay them 10. If you divide 4.85 over a couple hundred tomatoes we'll pay maybe a penny or two more for a tomatoes, and pay thousands less a year for immigrants who drain our welfare state.


80 posted on 04/24/2006 2:47:55 PM PDT by RHINO369
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To: AmeriBrit

Wow I'm flattered that you are following my posts, and what part offended you?


81 posted on 04/24/2006 2:53:31 PM PDT by stopem (If we need a "guest worker" we'll call........if the phone doesn't ring it's me!)
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To: moose2004

see my above post, Scott has him at 40% today..


82 posted on 04/24/2006 2:53:58 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Kerry-Mckinney in 2008!)
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To: Prokopton
We do not set the price of labor. We have never asked any person to take less for a job they have agreed to do at their price. My husband and I have finished more than one job, such as finishing roofing when that YOUNG man took off half way thru and we did an excellent job and repaired his mistakes as well. Wages have only recently become the excuse for the Americans who will not work. Cut off welfare for able bodied workers and in a generation or so we may have a body of workers sufficient to fill this country's employment needs. As it is, with Mexicans working in the numbers they are, we still have around 5% unemployment.
83 posted on 04/24/2006 3:01:29 PM PDT by mountainfolk (God bless President George Bush)
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To: RHINO369

I'll pay more too for goods picked by Americans but will there be enough American Workers at 4.7% unemployment to do the job even if it did pay $10 an hour?


84 posted on 04/24/2006 3:02:11 PM PDT by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: jmc1969

President Bush has failed to address the illegal immigration issue with anything even approaching a firm hand. He seems resistent to closing the borders and absolutely opposed to kicking out those who are here illegally. I, for one, am really sick of hearing about jobs Americans won't do! What the heck are those jobs? Should we concluded that without illegal immigrants, we would never know what fruit is? never know what vegetables are? never know what a steak is? Come on! Stop the BS! Close the borders! Get those illegals out now!


85 posted on 04/24/2006 3:12:51 PM PDT by Continental Soldier
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To: Continental Soldier

there would be no"trail of tears" or "busloads of crying children" that is blatent fear mongering. simply take away the reasons they are here and the problem will fix itself


86 posted on 04/24/2006 3:16:20 PM PDT by jneesy (certified southern right wing hillbilly nutjob)
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To: tobyhill
Of course there'd be enough. Teenagers are a huge somewhat untapped labor market. Not only that but when it becomes economically feasible an electrical engineer and a mechanical engineer will decide to create an automatic tomato picker, and the costs will tumble.

There is no labor shortage, its just that large corporate farms refuse to pay livable wages. So they import illegal labor and make the tax payers cover the cost of housing, feeding, and health care for the illegals. That tomato costs more than you're paying at the market.
87 posted on 04/24/2006 3:19:25 PM PDT by RHINO369
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To: Peter Libra

5+ years ago when we had our Dish Satellite system installed.

I had the installer block the CNN channel as part of his show and tell. He laughed and said a lot of customer were requesting that.

It is still blocked.


88 posted on 04/24/2006 3:20:55 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist homosexual lunatic wet dreams posing as journalism)
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To: RHINO369

There is another solution. Have chain gangs, and price them lower than illegal labour.

This policy would accomplish several things - I recommend minor criminals such as those caught for shoplifting are put in these chain gangs: sweating and toiling in the sun would prevent recidivism. Secondly, illegal labour would be priced out of the market.

Finally, Bush should quietly build up border defences. Do it without fanfare, just make it happen.

Regards, Ivan


89 posted on 04/24/2006 3:25:55 PM PDT by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: RHINO369

As long as we have the labor market.


90 posted on 04/24/2006 3:27:18 PM PDT by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: Die_Hard Conservative Lady
Whoopie me and about 95% of the people I know are 30%er's
91 posted on 04/24/2006 3:29:39 PM PDT by Big Horn (The senate is loaded with scum-baggers)
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To: Peter Libra

"I caught the anouncement on CNN. My excuse? Liberal spouse had the T/V on. I wonder if it is just me but..... the un- adulterated enthusiam and virtual joy in Wolf Blitzer' voice breeched professional decorum."

You have a liberal spouse too?! My wife had a fun time gloating when Kerry won Maine. But I got the last laugh...hehe.


92 posted on 04/24/2006 3:30:59 PM PDT by Maine For Bush
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To: Cementjungle
Millions protesting send illegals back and millions hating Bush for being to easy on them. What I don't understand is why people hate him for opposite reasons.
93 posted on 04/24/2006 3:35:09 PM PDT by Big Horn (The senate is loaded with scum-baggers)
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To: Kenny Bunkport
I was beginning to think that I was the only one that had seen the Rasmussen polls.

It is extremely demoralizing for people on FR to just keep knocking the President around.

I bet over at DU they having a field day.
94 posted on 04/24/2006 3:39:31 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: moose2004
My guess is that half of those polled don't even know who the President is.
95 posted on 04/24/2006 3:42:42 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: jmc1969
I am always astonished that otherwise smart people accept the false premise that there is such a thing as a "presidential approval rating." No such thing exists. Such "ratings" are a fiction entirely made up by media and the pollsters they hire.

The accuracy and honesty of such polls can never be objectively demonstrated, yet most people accept their premise as though it was gold.

Media-sponsored polls have one purpose -- one purpose only -- and that is to push an agenda. They are intended to create public opinion, not measure it.

96 posted on 04/24/2006 3:42:44 PM PDT by Wolfstar (Not for just an hour. Not for just a day. Not for just a year.)
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To: Wolfstar

Thank you! makes me feel a lot better.


97 posted on 04/24/2006 3:49:50 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: tobyhill
You realize if you start weeding out RINO's that you'd probably have to sit Bush down and read him the riot act too, right? With the exception of defense and judges... he hasn't been real conservative.

And NO...it's NOT a single subject. But living in TEXAS...in Southeast Texas at that...and feeling like I am being overrun...that issue is a big issue to me...but it's not the only one I differ with the president on.

So...don't lecture me about the conservative movement and the GOP when the leader of the GOP isn't all that conservative. I voted for him...4 times (not including primaries). All I want is to get the conservatives back in power...and that INCLUDES the white house. The liberals felt Clinton was too conservative for them...and I am kinda feeling Bush is acting too liberal for me.

Go figure.

98 posted on 04/24/2006 3:51:15 PM PDT by NELSON111
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To: mariabush

"It is extremely demoralizing for people on FR to just keep knocking the President around.

I bet over at DU they having a field day."

Who cares what people at the DU think, they are idiots, and should just be ignored.

In my opinion Bush is knocking on conservatives not the other way around.


99 posted on 04/24/2006 3:52:43 PM PDT by RHINO369
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To: cardinal4

yeah 32% of CNN watchers..

That's incorrect. It was 32 CNN watchers.


100 posted on 04/24/2006 4:01:30 PM PDT by hdstmf
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