Republicans Fall to New Lows in Polls

Newsweek finds that polling results are getting worse for the Republicans as the news of the Foley scandal came out shortly after other unfavorable news. Republicans can no longer claim to be the party of moral values as Democrats now lead Republicans 42% to 36% as the party more trusted on moral values. Bush’s approval has fallen to 33% which is a new low for this poll.

Previously the Republicans used fear of terrorism to improve support when they were in trouble, but this may no longer work. For the first time, Democrats lead Republicans by 44% to 37% on the question of who is more trusted to fight the war on terror. The polling results are even worse on Iraq:

for the first time in the NEWSWEEK poll, a majority of Americans now believe the Bush administration knowingly misled the American people in building its case for war against Saddam Hussein: 58 percent vs. 36 percent who believe it didn’t. And pessimism over Iraq is at record highs on every score: nearly two in three Americans, 64 percent, believe the United States is losing ground there; 66 percent say the war has not made America safer from terrorism (just 29 percent believe it has); and 53 percent believe it was a mistake to go to war at all, again the first time the NEWSWEEK poll has registered a majority in that camp.

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    kj says:

    It’s been a long, long slog. And I’m grateful for whatever twists of fate contribute to dispelling the neocon illusion of mastery.

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