Monday, February 27, 2006

Free Fallin'

Get ready for the Terror Color Swatch to go all the way to plaid, because the polls are looking absolutely abysmal for the Administration That Couldn't Shoot Straight. Take the new numbers from CBS News:
The latest CBS News poll finds President Bush's approval rating has fallen to an all-time low of 34 percent, while pessimism about the Iraq war has risen to a new high.

Americans are also overwhelmingly opposed to the Bush-backed deal giving a Dubai-owned company operational control over six major U.S. ports. Seven in 10 Americans, including 58 percent of Republicans, say they're opposed to the agreement.

The troubling results for the Bush administration come amid reminders about the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina and negative assessments of how the government and the president have handled it for six months. In a separate poll, two out of three Americans said they do not think President Bush has responded adequately to the needs of Katrina victims. Only 32 percent approve of the way President Bush is responding to those needs, a drop of 12 points from last September’s poll, taken just two weeks after the storm made landfall.

Mr. Bush's overall job rating has fallen to 34 percent, down from 42 percent last month. Fifty-nine percent disapprove of the job the president is doing.

For the first time in this poll, most Americans say the president does not care much about people like themselves. Fifty-one percent now think he doesn't care, compared to 47 percent last fall.

Just 30 percent approve of how Mr. Bush is handling the Iraq war, another all-time low. By two to one, the poll finds Americans think U.S. efforts to bring stability to Iraq are going badly – the worst assessment yet of progress in Iraq.

Even on fighting terrorism, which has long been a strong suit for Mr. Bush, his ratings dropped lower than ever. Half of Americans say they disapprove of how he's handling the war on terror, while 43 percent approve.
Yikes. At the rate things are going for him in 2006, President Bush may wind up looking back on 2005 with fond memories.

10 comments:

Pooh said...

Excellent Spaceballs reference, since those looking for "the good news about civil war in Iraq" are almost at the point of declaring "We ain't found shit."

Otto Man said...

Ha! Nice one.

Otto Man said...

By the way, the really interesting thing here will be to see just how low Bush's numbers can plummet.

I'm inclined to side with this post at Kung Fu Monkey, which argues that 27% is the absolute floor for a Republican. Why 27%? That's what the certifiably insane Alan Keyes got in his Senate race against Obama. Sounds about right to me.

Ra_wiggum said...

If I may continue with the spaceballs references, Bush giving control of the ports to the UAE is like him setting the combination to "ONE-TWO-THREE-FOUR-FIVE". As 7 out of 10 Americans say, "That's the kind of combination an idiot would put on his luggage!"

S.W. Anderson said...

"For the first time in this poll, most Americans say the president does not care much about people like themselves. Fifty-one percent now think he doesn't care, compared to 47 percent last fall."

Given Bush's record, that he's gone this long before a measly 1 percent majority has finally caught on just blows my mind.

Do so many Americans have such an incredibly skewed concept of their own best interest? Of the nation's well-being? Is mass denial at work?

I concluded after the '04 election that a bunch of people, against all rationality, had voted for Bush because they just somehow sort of liked the guy.

Yeah, they kind of knew he wasn't impressively bright and diligent, but so what? He's a pol, so what can you expect?

But the really mystifying thing is how so many consider(ed) him some kind of "regular guy." He's the spoiled, arrogant millionaire son of a wealthy, politically connected family. He's had mommy and daddy and their friends and acolytes bail him out of one tight spot and screwup after another.

I do think the hard core 27 percent represents Bush's base. It's made up of a particular breed of conservative. They're into deep, abiding resentment and spite.

So, the more the left and everyone else finds Bush outrageously unacceptable, the more those in his hardcore base love him. The country can go down the one-holer and it's a lesser concern to them than how much the opposition is made miserable by Bush and what he does.

The only thing that could wrest them away from backing him is if they were to see him moving to the middle in a bid to broaden his acceptability to people on the left.

Pooh said...

S.W.,

As Karl Rove tells us, beware teh gay...ooga-booga-booga

S.W. Anderson said...

Followed the link, pooh. Yes, that was really something. I had to mention "A Boy Named Sue" in a comment there.

Thrillhous said...

I blame it on Bode Miller.

Otto Man said...

That Sadly, No link is great. So much delusion over in wingnutland.

Given the way they think that America's youth are going to be seduced to the Gay Side by a Willie Nelson song, you have to wonder just how slight a grasp they have on their own heterosexuality.

I blame it on Bode Miller.

Yeah, that's how bad things are for Bush. He didn't even get the usual Olympic boost.

The Doc said...

I agree with Otto on the Sadly, No link. I think that Willie Nelson should form a backing band called His Gay Agenda. Just think: one of the greatest albums of 2006 could be Music With A Twist by Willie Nelson and His Gay Agenda.