19 September, 2006

Bush Gets 9/11 Bounce; Approval At 44%

For Democrats, election day can't get here soon enough.

Pinning their hopes on the plunging popularity of President Bush, the Dems have been hoping to wrest control of at least one of the two houses of Congress.

But, after an unrelenting two-week campaign-like blitz by Bush to highlight his so-called war on terror, it appears the electorate is buying into the rhetoric again.

In the latest USA Today/Gallop poll, Bush's approval rating is up to 44%, the highest in a year.

What's more, the poll showed likely voters as equally divided on whether to support a Democrat or Republican for Congress this year.

In another poll, by SurveyUSA, Bush's approval rating is at 39% - the highest it's been in seven months.


The Wall Street Journal did a piece today on voter anger and the price candidates may pay for ethical lapses. Rep. John Sweeney, the incumbent Republican in New York's 20th District, is highlighted as a case in point. The article mentions trips with lobbyists and Sweeney's now-infamous appearance at a frat party at Union College, and the problems they are causing for Sweeney is his race against Democrat Kirstin Gillibrand.


Getting back to polls for a second, the latest Rasmussen Reports poll puts incumbent Connecticut senator Joe Lieberman up on his Democratic challenger Ned Lamont by a 45% to 43% count. Pretty much a dead heat.

Lieberman is seeking re-election as an independent after losing the Democratic primary to Lamont in August.


At 4:48 PM, Anonymous Nora said...

You are aware that the USA /Gallup poll is an outlier and that other polls still show Bush in the mid to high 30's, don't you?

And even if the USA Today poll were accurate, what kind of "up is down"ism sees 44% -- the highest approval ratings the President has had in a year -- as something positive? At best, that means that slightly more than half the people polled view him unfavorably.

At 11:04 PM, Blogger Ron Vallo said...

Every poll I've come across in the past week has shown a bounce for Bush.

I'm not saying that's a positive or a negative. It's a fact.

Those who read this blog regularly would probably be able to discern that I see nothing positive in Bush's numbers going up just before the election.

But I do think it's news.

And maybe a signal to those not happy about that news that they've got to work hard for the next six weeks to get their voters out and their candidates elected.


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