Monday, August 15, 2005

That Sinking Feeling...

Bush not as popular as Reagan or Clinton

Bush's job approval in recent polls ranges from the low- to mid-40s. It was 42 percent in the latest AP-Ipsos poll. His ratings on issues from Iraq to the economy to Social Security are at their lowest levels so far.

Reagan was at 57 percent at this stage of his presidency, and Clinton was at 61 percent, according to Gallup polling then.

The partisan divide for Bush is stark — 80 percent of Democrats disapprove of his overall performance while nearly 90 percent of Republicans approve.

The Republicans better reverse these numbers, or the mid-term elections next year could end up reducing their majority...

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