2005 November 05 Saturday
Bush Popularity Hits New Lows

Bush's popularity continues to crater.

For the first time in his presidency a majority of Americans question the integrity of President Bush, and growing doubts about his leadership have left him with record negative ratings on the economy, Iraq and even the war on terrorism, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows.

On almost every key measure of presidential character and performance, the survey found that Bush has never been less popular with the American people. Currently 39 percent approve of the job he is doing as president, while 60 percent disapprove of his performance in office -- the highest level of disapproval ever recorded for Bush in Post-ABC polls.

Read the full article for the bigger list of ways that the American people have a negative view of the Bush presidency. He can't hit numbers this low without it being a sign that even a substantial number of people in the Republican conservative base are turning against him. Bush is a faux conservative. Wake up Republicans. The article reports Republican support for Bush has dropped from 91% to 78% since the beginning of 2005.

The American people are catching up with me on the character issue.

The survey found that 40 percent now view him as honest and trustworthy -- a 13 percentage point drop in the past 18 months. Nearly 6 in 10 -- 58 percent -- said they have doubts about Bush's honesty, the first time in his presidency that more than half the country has questioned his personal integrity.

We can't trust that man. He's demonstrated this again and again. Can't trust him on immigration, on spending, on racial preferences, on foreign policy, etc. On the bright side thanks to Dubya's performance it'll be a lot harder for a Bush family member to win a future US Presidential election.

Check out this graph "Historical Bush Approval Ratings". The trend is obviously downward. At some point he'll probably hit bottom where a core of dedicated religious and partisan faithful just refuse to see him in a bad light - at least when answering questions put to them by pollsters. I have a hard time seeing how he could recover some of his lost popularity unless he uses Ayatollah Sistani's coming request for the US to pull out of Iraq and decides to point to it as a reason to declare victory and withdraw.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2005 November 05 09:28 AM  Politics American Presidency


Comments
Marvin said at November 5, 2005 10:26 AM:

Russia is dying. Paris is burning. Germany is suffering from an extended recession with no end in sight. Argentina and Brazil are drowning in corruption. Venezuela is mismanaged into third world cronyism. China's economic boom is resting on rotted foundations.

Iran's extreme right wing fundamentalist government prepares to implement a policy of nuclear aggression. In all of Islam, moderates quiver in fear from the extremists in their midst. Lebanon is mixed muslim and christian and finally stands up against the criminal regime in Syria. A sign of hope in a desperate world? One may hope so.

All of subsaharan Africa sinks into incompetence and desperate violence, dying for lack of intelligence. No amount of foreign aid can help.

The american president's poll numbers are down, but all recent president's poll numbers have been lower at one time or another from Harry Truman on. The world itself is in disarray. Does anyone trust any national leader? Probably not. Did anyone trust Clinton? LOL. Bush Sr.? Fuhgedaboudit. Reagan? Does Alzheimer's Disease mean anything to you? Carter? What a jerk. Ford? What another jerk. Nixon? Sure. Johnson? Slunk away into the sunset. Kennedy? Never had a chance one way or another. Eisenhower? Maybe, but he had some horrific polls. Truman? Was the butt of a great many jokes in his time.

Kurt said at November 5, 2005 10:35 AM:

So Russia is dying. If we are concerned about the muslims feeding on the carcas of Russia, perhaps China will step up to the plate. The Russian far east has more Chinese people than Russian. The 1.3 billion Chinese have the fastest growing economy and out number the middle-eastern and central Asian muslims 3:1. If it looks like the muslims are going to take over Russia, I say we let (encourage) the Chinese to do it instead.

It is true that China is headed for a recession. This recession will bring about the needed structural reform (in banking, SOEs, and commercial law) that will then lead to even greater, more sustainable economic growth.

Kurt said at November 5, 2005 10:50 AM:

I noticed that there are many protests in Argentina against Bush. It appears that his "open-borders" immigration program for Latinos is not winning him any friends in Argentina. Also, there are the current muslim riots in France. Perhaps Bush should wake up and realize that unrestricted immigration into the U.S., particularly from the southern world is not such a brilliant idea after all.

Bob Badour said at November 5, 2005 11:00 AM:

That graph of the polls is interesting. Did anyone else notice how Zogby and Pew are consistently below everyone else forming the lower border while Gallup is consistently above everyone forming the upper border, and yet all the polls track quite closely within those extremes?

I guess one can only bias the polls so far one way or the other.

Grim Reaper said at November 5, 2005 11:34 AM:

"Russia is dying. Paris is burning. Germany is suffering from an extended recession with no end in sight. Argentina and Brazil are drowning in corruption. Venezuela is mismanaged into third world cronyism. China's economic boom is resting on rotted foundations."

Chauvinistic BS, Marvin. You talk up US resilience while we're led by an incompetent president, in the meantime trashing other nations that actually have economies not being drowned by $10 trillion in debt? You might have actually had a case had you limited yourself to Argentina and Brazil (and maybe France) which are, indeed, mired in corruption or, in the case of France, mired with millions of unemployable North African Islamist immigrants. But China? In case you've been obtaining your news from your own wet-dream fantasies, China is actually producing goods that the world buys, while the US... is printing reams and reams of government paper that plunge us into debt levels worse than any third-world banana republic. In fact, it's only *because of* Chinese and Japanese central banks that the rug hasn't already been pulled out from under the US economy. Our "prosperity" is built on a quicksand foundation. China is not as dependent on US consumers as you may think, especially with all the trade deals they've been hatching and the rise in internal demand, so you'd better thank your lucky stars that they're still coming to our T-bill auctions.

Russia? They haven't had the best demographic outlook lately, but they're a resilient people-- I would not count them out. Germany? They're not even in recession, idiot-- their growth has been slow but still positive, and this sort of correction is hardly unusual in their (or our) history. With some structural changes already on the books even before Merkel, plus recruitment of hundreds of thousands of highly skilled immigrants (unlike France lately), they'll be doing fine.

"The american president's poll numbers are down, but all recent president's poll numbers have been lower at one time or another from Harry Truman on. The world itself is in disarray. Does anyone trust any national leader? Probably not. Did anyone trust Clinton? LOL. Bush Sr.? Fuhgedaboudit. Reagan? Does Alzheimer's Disease mean anything to you? Carter? What a jerk. Ford? What another jerk. Nixon? Sure. Johnson? Slunk away into the sunset. Kennedy? Never had a chance one way or another. Eisenhower? Maybe, but he had some horrific polls. Truman? Was the butt of a great many jokes in his time."

Idiotic comparisons. Clinton lost some trust in his second term, and I for one had many misgivings about him, but whether you like it or not, his poll numbers remained solid in the high 60s. Reagan, too, despite Iran-Contra, had solid approval ratings and the back-up of his own base well into his second term. They never suffered the sorts of crises that Bush is currently encountering. And Eisenhower? A few lousy polls, but probably our most consistently successful President-- a war hero who presided over our greatest expansion in prosperity, kept us *out of debt* (a rare achievement), kept us out of the war in SE Asia, and overall maintained his popularity throughout his two terms. Compare LBJ and GWB-- both Presidents who jumped the shark and lost core support, but also Presidents who lost (or are losing) wars, and plunging us into insurmountable debt. I actually suspect that Bush will find some way to come out of this crisis recovered if not quite intact politically, but to say that this is just another chapter in 2nd-term woes is to display ignorance.

Grim Reaper said at November 5, 2005 11:39 AM:

"The Russian far east has more Chinese people than Russian. The 1.3 billion Chinese have the fastest growing economy and out number the middle-eastern and central Asian muslims 3:1. If it looks like the muslims are going to take over Russia, I say we let (encourage) the Chinese to do it instead."

Agree. Given a choice, it'd be much preferable for Russia's Far East to be absorbed in a peaceful, Louisiana Purchase sort of transfer by China (and Japan and Korea-- even better to have three potentates pick up the slack) than for the vast steppelands to become a massive Eurasian launching ground for al-Qaeda extremists. Russia would still hold onto the oil-rich ice-cold Siberian lands way north, while the East Asian countries-- with more farmland for their own people-- would help to stave off a Taliban takeover of the steppes and the trade routes on those vast plains.

Marvin said at November 5, 2005 11:42 AM:

Interesting comment about biasing the polls, Bob. I noticed that the celebrated CBS poll that put Bush so far down on all counts, sampled about 20% republicans vs. about 80% everybody else. That is an interesting mix to base a national poll on. Even pollsters have to make hard choices and live with them. Numbers. Can't live with them, can't live without them.


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