Tuesday, December 13, 2005

After an up-turn, down again with Junior's poll numbers

After edging above 40%, it fades again

President Bush’s job approval rating languishes under 40%, despite an upturn in the economy and a public relations onslaught defending the role of the U.S. military in rebuilding Iraq, a new telephone poll by Zogby International shows.

Just 38% of Americans said they approve of the job the President is doing, down from 41% in a national Zogby America survey conducted last month.

The survey showed Mr. Bush is most popular in the western United States, where 46% approve of the job he is doing, and the South, where 44% approve. Just 28% in the East and 37% in the Midwest and Great Lakes states give him good marks.

People were less critical of the President personally. Asked whether they had a favorable overall impression of Mr. Bush, 49% agreed, including 58% of westerners and 56% of southerners.

Mr. Bush won re-election last year with solid support among those who live in “red” states, but 55% who live there now said he was doing only a fair or poor job. Just 31% of those living in a politically “blue” state approved of his performance in this latest survey.

Mr. Bush still has problems with much of his political base. While 85% who consider themselves “very conservative” say he is doing a good job, just 73% of “conservatives” gave him good marks – this as he has taken recent steps to burnish his conservative credentials. While he won re-election last year with the support of 91% of Republicans, just 77% of GOPers now approve of his performance. Just 11% of Democrats approve, and only one in four independents (24%) approve.

He carries a 42% approval rating among married respondents, and among Catholics – another key demographic group supporting Mr. Bush last year – just 34% now approve of his leadership. Among the investor class, 43% give him a positive job rating.

“Perhaps most ominous for the President is that only 52% of self-described born-again Protestants give him a positive job performance rating,” said John Zogby, President and CEO of Zogby International. “Despite his aggressive campaign on the war in Iraq, the President is still a victim of events on the ground there. If the election in Iraq goes smoothly and stability looks to be possible, then the President’s support among his base may increase. But improvements in events on the ground is a big “if,” and to date, his efforts are falling short.”

continued: Damn...these numbers are bad. Even the fundies hate him.

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