Poll: Bush Job Approval Hits New Low

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    by will lester


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    phoenix (ap) - president bush's job approval ratings are hitting the lowest levels of his tenure as problems in iraq crowd out other issues for voters, public opinion specialists say.

    a newsweek poll released saturday put bush's overall job approval at 42 percent, the lowest yet in that poll. other recent survey have rated bush in the mid-40s.

    "iraq is sucking the life out of other issue deliberations among the voters in the campaign," said political scientist douglas strand of the university of california-berkeley.

    strand and merrill shanks, also a political scientist at the school, have conducted public opinion research on how various issues are affecting the campaign.

    they found iraq has had a more dominant effect on the campaign since april 1. gay marriage and other domestic issues have faded from voters' concerns as problems mount in iraq, strand said.

    april was the bloodiest month for americans in iraq and the prisoner abuse scandal has put the bush administration on the defensive.

    the researchers talked about their findings saturday during the meeting of the american association for public opinion research.

    bush's approval on how he has handled iraq has dipped to 35 percent in the newsweek poll, compared with 44 percent in april. some 57 percent of respondents said they disapprove.

    despite the doubts about the president's iraq policy, bush and his rival, democrat john kerry, are essentially tied in a two-way matchup - kerry at 46 percent and bush at 45 percent. they are also tied when independent ralph nader is included in the race.

    the poll of 1,010 adults, including 832 registered voters, was taken thursday and friday. it has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

    "people aren't running out of the bush column, but his support is softening up," said larry hugick, who directed the newsweek poll for princeton survey research associates.

    he noted that strong support for bush has dropped in the past month and bush and kerry now have about equal amounts of strong supporters.

    "before people are going to jump over to kerry, they begin to express doubts about bush," hugick said. "i think that's what we're seeing." researchers say that another reason kerry has not pulled ahead of bush in most polls is that voters still have a relatively unformed view of the democrat.




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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   Mkue
    We must also consider what impact Nader will have on Kerry votes. Nader is totally against the War in Iraq, where as Kerry will send more troops to Iraq if elected.

    I'm not too concerned about approval ratings in May or any polls at this time.
  4. by   Mkue
    Kerry fails to capitalize on Iraq fears
    By Donald Lambro
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES

    A growing majority of voters are unhappy with the way things are going in Iraq, but that is not helping Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, who trails or is statistically tied with President Bush in most surveys.
    "President Bush and his team are going down in their approval ratings, but Senator Kerry is going nowhere," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. A recent Quinnipiac survey showed Mr. Bush leading his challenger by 43 percent to 40 percent, with 6 percent going to Ralph Nader. "Bush has lost three points in the three-way matchup, but those three points did not go to Kerry."

    www.washingtontimes.com

    Again, I don't follow polls in May but Nader is someone to watch.
  5. by   gotosleep
    Quote from mkue
    We must also consider what impact Nader will have on Kerry votes. Nader is totally against the War in Iraq, where as Kerry will send more troops to Iraq if elected.

    I'm not too concerned about approval ratings in May or any polls at this time.
    Indeed

    We must also consider what impact the SUV scandal will have on Kerry. That may tip the scales of popular opinion.
  6. by   nurseunderwater
    Quote from gotosleep
    Indeed

    We must also consider what impact the SUV scandal will have on Kerry. That may tip the scales of popular opinion.
    are you trying to cause a ruckus :chuckle ?
  7. by   Mkue
    Quote from gotosleep
    Indeed

    We must also consider what impact the SUV scandal will have on Kerry. That may tip the scales of popular opinion.
    I doubt the liberal press will focus on any of Kerry flip/flops, and Kerry gets very upset when he is questioned. You may recall Kerry blew up at Charles Gibson on one of the morning shows when Kerry was questioned about the medal scandal. So no, the press must tread lightly on this candidate. But I think Nader is going to be a big factor with anti-war voters, especially with Iraq being front and center attention in the media. Just my opinion.
  8. by   gotosleep
    Quote from mkue
    I doubt the liberal press will focus on any of Kerry flip/flops, and Kerry gets very upset when he is questioned. You may recall Kerry blew up at Charles Gibson on one of the morning shows when Kerry was questioned about the medal scandal. So no, the press must tread lightly on this candidate. But I think Nader is going to be a big factor with anti-war voters, especially with Iraq being front and center attention in the media. Just my opinion.
    I don't think nader will be nearly as relevant this time around. Left-wingers are far too aware that he lost the election for Gore.
  9. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from gotosleep
    I don't think nader will be nearly as relevant this time around. Left-wingers are far too aware that he lost the election for Gore.
    Fla, Jeb Bush, and Katherine Harris stole the election from Gore.
  10. by   SharonH, RN
    Quote from gotosleep
    Indeed

    We must also consider what impact the SUV scandal will have on Kerry. That may tip the scales of popular opinion.

    Yeah, it's rocking the nation as we speak.
  11. by   Rustyhammer
    The SUV scandal?
    I must have missed that one.
    -R
  12. by   Gomer
    So, how many people were killed in the "SUV Scandal"?

    Personally, I'm surprised that George got such a high rating. But, of course, his numbers will go up when Rumsfield gets fired or resigns.
  13. by   gotosleep
    Quote from Gomer
    So, how many people were killed in the "SUV Scandal"?

    Personally, I'm surprised that George got such a high rating. But, of course, his numbers will go up when Rumsfield gets fired or resigns.
    I was being sarcastic
  14. by   gotosleep
    Quote from Hellllllo Nurse
    Fla, Jeb Bush, and Katherine Harris stole the election from Gore.
    Let's not forget that Gore had a large part to do with his lose. His campaign was ran terribly.

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