Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Bush's Falling Approval Numbers

This from CBS News:

(CBS) The latest CBS News poll finds President Bush's approval rating has fallen to an all-time low of 34 percent, while pessimism about the Iraq war has risen to a new high.

Americans are also overwhelmingly opposed to the Bush-backed deal giving a Dubai-owned company operational control over six major U.S. ports. Seven in 10 Americans, including 58 percent of Republicans, say they're opposed to the agreement.

If I hear the usual speculation about how The White House is trying to "figure out the reason" for the falling numbers, I think I'll blow a gasket. The reason has never been more obvious:
When a majority of people on both sides of the political spectrum have been asking the question "What were they thinking?" for the past month, they should have a pretty good clue as to what the problem is.

Don Surber has more.

Update: Poll results skewed in favor of Democrats. No Big surprise here. We are talking about a CBS poll and they do have a history of oversampling Democrats and Independents and undersampling Republicans. Even the weighted sample fails to correct enough. Newsbusters has the numbers here.

The poll, which most likely was meant to portray a Bush popularity nosedive, actually does no such thing. If anything, the numbers have remained fairly consistent. That doesn't change my view that the administration has blown it lately, but the actual numbers don't support the notion that the country has dramatically shifted its views.

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