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Bush Poll Numbers: Dropping Like Federline's Trousers

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I think the President should stop by a check cashing store to see about a payday loan for some political capitol since his is all used up. The polls just keep sinking and sinking for W. When Fox News (yes, FOX NEWS) releases poll results that show the President in the gutter, you know something's wrong. But today saw poll results from CNN even lower.

In the telephone poll of 1,012 adult Americans carried out Friday through Sunday by Opinion Research Corporation for CNN, 32 percent of respondents said they approve of Bush's performance, 60 percent said they disapprove and 8 percent said they do not know.

In what CNN called a "significant drop" from last year, that's 16 points in 12 months. And while it's probably not wise for politicians to govern by poll results, things are now getting desperate for a lame duck president whose own party has the majority in congress. We're now talking about the man's legacy here and it ain't looking pretty.

But maybe he's bottomed out, as Ken Mehlman tried to spin it recently. Of course, we've heard that before. As Democratic Underground points out, we've heard it: December 2005, November 2005, October 2004, June 2004...


Before you get too excited, note that also today (4/25/06) the Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index for April was released and is at 109.6, the highest it has been since May '02, when it stood at 110.3. While the cutoff for the survey was 4/18 and there has been that big gas price jump, which may put a damper on things, isn't it likely that there are a number of consumers/citizens out there who are going to credit the President with what they perceive to be as favorable economic conditions?

Maybe, if the American public were only concerned about the economy. Unfortunately for the President, there's a lot more they're pissed about.

People vote pocketbook issues first and foremost--unless, of course, they have a loved one in Iraq, which certainly can change the game.

Tell that to the gays who were banned in eleven states in 2004 from enjoying the same civil rights as any other Americans.

But yes, the economy matters. But we;ve been hearing for five years now that the economy has recovered and yet very few Americans feel it what with rising health care costs, rising home prices, rising property taxes, stagnant wages (for everyone but the "C" level), and lately, rising gas prices.

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