WASHINGTON — President Bush's approval rating has slumped to 31% in a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, the lowest of his presidency and a warning sign for Republicans in the November elections.

Bush's fall is being fueled by erosion among support from conservatives and Republicans. In the poll, 52% of conservatives and 68% of Republicans approved of the job he is doing. Both are record lows among those groups.

"You hear people say he has a hard core that will never desert him, and that has been the case for most of the administration," says Charles Franklin, a political scientist at the University of Wisconsin who studies presidential approval ratings. "But for the last few months, we started to see that hard core seriously erode in support."

"Historically it's been pretty devastating to presidents at this level," Franklin says. Even Republican members of Congress are "now so worried about their electoral fortunes in November that he has less leverage with them than he normally would with his own party controlling Congress."



Hale McKay said...

Man, is there going to be a lot of mud and shit being slung around after the hats are tossed in the ring for the next election, or what?

puppytoes said...

honestly? at this point in his presidency, and considering what's happened over the past 6 years... i'm a little surprised dubya's approval rating is so high.

my fear is that the dem's and/or liberals will take it for granted that voters are gonna "swing" their way, and somehow blow, what should be, a great opportunity to get a few more seats in the house and/or senate.

Mike V. said...

All I can do is laugh.
Even though the administration is NOT funny.

Still, until I see this dude hauled out of the white house in handcuffs, I will not be happy..

The Phoenix said...

Democrats are so good and just shitting away golden opportunities. Hopefully, they won't do it this time around. Keep the freaky, Socialist, ultra-left wingnuts away, and independents like me will look at your candidates.

Mike V. said...

I guess I missed the Democrats that have been advocating the abolition of private property and moving the means of production to the state, Pheonix.
Could you cite a few that have said so?

Jay said...

I can't say I'm sorry to hear that.

The Phoenix said...

Here's one Mike V., one that I remember hearing on the radio a couple years ago.

Hillary Clinton: "Many of you are well enough off that [Prez. Bush's] tax cuts may have helped you. We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We're going to have to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."

SFgate.com 6/28/2004

Hillary wants to take from people like me and give it other people. Are you going to use compartmentalized thinking or spin to be another left-wingnut apologetic?

I'd say her statements there are pretty damn Socialistic.

The Phoenix said...

You Dems put her as your top candidate, you AGAIN will LOSE.

And once again, you will LOSE such a golden opportunity to take control. Independents like me don't like radicals - far right OR far left.

To us, you idiots that blindly follow your party no matter what are incredibly stupid. Whether you vote for a nutjob like Hillary just because she's a Democrat, or give your undying love to Bush Jr. because he's a Republican.

Sheep is sheep is sheep.

ObilonKenobi said...

I think this is the time for Dems to strike. It makes my heart

Mike V. said...

Hilary is an idiot, though I do believe in rolling back the tax cuts.
They are taking away from needed programs.
There is a difference between hard core socialism and providing for the public good in the form of schools, roads, parks, job training, shelters, etc..
I'm not a member of the Democratic party and will never register for any party.

If Biden runs in 08, however, I will vote for him, and I am proud of voting for Gore because I believe he would have made a very good president.

Karen said...

Oy! guess I opened a 'can of worms'... well, no, the worms have been there, but now they're spilling all over the ground. *sigh*

Sure hope the Dems get their act together this time or I don't want to think about the consequences.

I personally call myself a {progressive} whatever that means. *double sigh*

The Phoenix said...

Hillary is a total NUT! It's scary to think she might be the front-runner.

I think Gore would've done very well, especially if he had surrounded himself with great leaders.

I am hoping the Democrats can take advantage of this opportunity. John Kerry would've been a joke. They're going to have to do much better this time around.

Mike V. said...

Progressive is the opposite of the regressives who are in charge now.

They are all about looting the treasury for the benefit of the uber rich and the military industrial complex.

There is no "trickle down" crap. That truly is Voodoo Economics.

We need to balance the budget, keep the air and water clean, make sure the schools and roads are safe and lovely and work for all.
We need a government that is focused on the middle class working Americans.
That means anyone that relies on their paychecks.

Karen said...

I'm with you, Mike, on Biden... he will have my vote!

The Phoenix said...

Biden is someone I would seriously consider...

He has supported the war in Iraq, however he believed we needed MORE troops from the onset of the invasion. This is something ret. Gen. Colin Powell also believed.

I think his idea of dencentralizing Iraq is a fanstic plan...too bad the Bush Administration won't listen.

The one thing that stands out about Biden's life was how his wife and little daughter died in a car accident years ago, and how he commuted almost 2 hours each way in order to help care for his other two sons that were injured.

This is the kind of guy people like me could vote for.

Karen said...

Hubby said his biggest fear is that a Dem will win the next time around and that he won't be able to fix Bush's mess and be blamed for it eventually.

That's what happened to Jimmy Carter and that's what's happening to Jennifer Granholm, our Gov., right now... she inherited the mess from John Engler who held the office for 12 years.

Karen said...

"He has supported the war in Iraq"...

OOPS! Forgot about that!!

One !OH SHIT! wipes out ten million *atta boys*.

I will never compromise my beliefs regarding the war in Iraq, was against it from the start and still am. I knew bush lied before anyone else believed it!

Nope, the Dems had better come up with an anti-war candidate or they've lost me and the rethugs can forget about ever having my vote!

This could possibly be the first time I will vote for a third party.