Bush Falls to New Low

A new poll from Newsweek shows George Bush’s approval at a new low of 26% with even a third of Republicans disapproving of him. A record high of 73% disapprove of the job Bush is doing in Iraq. Only 43% approve of the job he is doing on homeland security and terrorism, with 50% approving.

Newsweek also a low approval for Congress:

In the scariest news for the Democratic candidates seeking their party’s nomination in 2008, even rank-and-file Democrats are unhappy with Congress, which is narrowly controlled by their party. Only 27 percent of Democrats approve of the job Congress is doing, a statistically insignificant difference from the 25 percent of Republicans and 25 percent of independents who approve of Congress.

It is difficult to tell what to make of these numbers. I’d also give Congress a low approval rating, but that is partially due to the inability of the Democrats to accomplish much with their narrow majorities. I would also give them a low rating for handling Iraq, but also know the Republicans would do worse. It is far from clear that low approval of Congress at this time indicates any desire of the voters to vote for Republicans instead of Democrats.

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    Robert Stein says:

    It’s even worse than it looks. Newsweek didn’t go back far enough to see the parallels with Harry Truman, which suggest Bush might be headed for the teens:


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