08 May, 2006

How Low Can He Go? Bush Hits Yet Another All-Time Low In Latest Poll

President Bush's approval rating skidded to its lowest level ever, for any poll, today with the release of the latest USA Today/Gallup Poll. The new magic number -- 31%.

After hanging around the upper 30's for the first couple of months of this year, Bush's ratings began to tumble again in March.

One reason - loss of support in his own party. In the USA Today/Gallup poll, Bush's approval rating among Republicans slid to 68%, a low-water mark. According to Gallup, Bush's approval rating among Republicans was at about 80% at the beginning of the year, slid to 74% in mid-April and bounced back up to 81% at the end of April and has dropped sharply in May.

Among people identifying themselves as conservatives, Bush is at 52%.

According to Gallup, Bush's rating went up among independents since the end of April, from 21% to 26%.

He is at 4% among Democrats, which the poll said is well below the lowest levels hit by the previous four presidents among voters of the opposite party. Bush's father, George H.W. Bush had the next-lowest opposite-party approval rating of 12% at one point in his presidency.

To read a very detailed and interesting report from Gallup, click here. To read the USA Today summary story, click here.


GOP state chairmen spent the weekend huddling in Colorado Springs, where, as the Washington Post reports, House Majority Leader John Boehner started things off Friday on an optomistic note for the upcoming elections season.

But, by the end of the weekend, Republican National Chairman Ken Mehlman left those gathered with a sobering thought, according to a story today on Hotline On Call, the National Journal's political blog. Here's a snippet from the Hotline report:

"RNC chairman Ken Mehlman, generally one of the party's premiere strategic optimists, warned GOP state chairs that the party would lose seats at every level of government.

Not "if" they didn't do X,Y, or GOTV. But "would lose," period."

According to the Hotline report, Mehlmen advised the GOP to keep the 435 Congressional races as "local" as possible.


The Daily News reports local GOP officials are expecting Republican (sort of) NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg to back Hillary Clinton for re-election. The story in today's editions says there's a decent-or-better chance that Bloomberg will endorse Eliot Spitzer for governor as well.


According to a story in today's Poughkeepsie Journal, the mid-Hudson congressional district has endorsed a measure to push back the May 15 deadline for senior citizens to sign up for the new Medicare prescription drug benefit. Rep. Sue Kelly, the Republican from the 19th District, is the only member of the local delegation not to support the move, the paper reports. The Bush administration has resisted any extension of the deadline.


At 7:52 AM, Anonymous sam said...

We can only hope this is the firey crash for the GOP, the end of their reign and the misery they have imposed upon the working people of the country.

At the very least, the people in the party who care about anything other than themselves would see that it is time to forever banish the Nixon cabal, the corporate criminals, the neoconservatives and the religious fanatics. I guess that doesn't leave them with much, and sort of puts Olympia Snowe at the forefront of the party, which isn't a bad thing.


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