Friday, August 26, 2005

Poll Dancing

It's Friday, August 26 and support for President Bush is getting lower than membership in the Caracas branch of the Pat Robertson fan club.

The Associated Press/Ipsos poll, conducted August 22-24, shows that 58 percent of Americans disapprove of the way the Bush administration has conducted the war in Iraq.

More than half the country – 53 percent – believe that the United States made a mistake in going to war in Iraq.

What did Karl Rove see when his daily mail didn't yet contain a grand jury indictment, and he turned to the newspapers? The Gallup poll done in the middle of this week, which shows President Bush's approval rating sinking again, to 40 percent, four points lower than the last poll taken less than a month ago.

History isn't being kind to Bush either. When Gallup looks at the second-term approval ratings of presidents at a similar point in their second terms, Bush is scraping bottom there too. Of all presidents since World War II, Only Richard Nixon had a lower approval rating at the same point.

Finally, a polling nugget that shows why the Bush administration uses the phrase "9/11" as often as they breathe in and out:

President Bush's approval rating on September 10, 2001: 51 percent.

On September 15, 2001: 86 percent

Is it any wonder why one of the biggest tragedies in our country's history has been so exploited by the White House?