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02-11-2005, 10:11 AM
Poll Shows Drop in Bush's Job Approval

By WILL LESTER, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - The public's confidence in President Bush (news - web sites)'s job performance and the nation's direction has slipped in the opening weeks of his second term, particularly among people 50 and older, according to an Associated Press poll.

Adults were evenly divided on Bush's job performance in January, but now 54 percent disapprove and 45 percent approve. The number who think the country is headed down the wrong track increased from 51 percent to 58 percent in the past month.

The survey wasn't all bad for the Bush administration: People are slightly more optimistic about the possibility of a stable, democratic Iraq (news - web sites).

The poll, conducted for the AP by Ipsos-Public Affairs, was taken after the president's State of the Union address and the elections in Iraq and at the start of a heated debate over creating personal Social Security (news - web sites) accounts.

Older Americans, especially those 65 and above, were most responsible for the declining confidence and approval numbers. Middle-aged people between 30 and 50 were about evenly split on Bush's job performance.

"It looks like people are reacting to the State of the Union and plans to change Social Security," said Charles Franklin, a political scientist from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The AP poll did not ask about Social Security, although only four in 10 in the poll said they approved of Bush's handling of domestic policy in general. And a majority of people disapproved of his handling of the economy.

The AP-Ipsos consumer confidence index found people were less optimistic about the economy generally, a dip that comes after reports of sluggish job gains and increasing interest rates.

"I voted Republican, but it looks like things are going downhill," said Kenny Sproull of Lexington, Ga., who works in construction. "I'm a self-employed contractor and a lot of Mexicans are moving into the state. We can't compete with them price-wise."

Most Republicans were strongly supportive of Bush and his policies.

"I agree with almost everything President Bush says," said Beverly Bowman, a nurse who lives near Phoenix. "I think the Social Security thing has to be fixed."

The poll was a taken at a time that some leaders in both parties have begun to question elements of the president's proposal to change Social Security, said Robert Shapiro, a specialist on polling and politics at Columbia University. During that time, details of Bush's proposed 2006 budget cuts have been emerging.

A bright spot for the administration was increased confidence in the likelihood of a stable, democratic Iraq.

"From what I hear in the news, it sounds like the Iraqis really want it," said Bill Harrer, a nurse's aide in Mason City, Iowa, who considers himself a political independent. "But it's going to take a long time."

Just over four in 10, 42 percent, said they approved of the president's handling of Iraq, while 57 percent disapproved.

Since the elections that were considered fairly successful, insurgent attacks have resumed, killing both Iraqis and U.S. troops.

Many in the public are not getting the full Iraq story, said Republican William Reid of Columbus, Ohio.

Reid watches for newscasts that he says "tell the real story about the good things that are happening over there, about soldiers helping kids and giving them food."

Democrats and Republicans were sharply split on Bush and his policies.

"I'm unhappy with the whole package" of the Bush administration, said Janet Luzzi, a Democrat and a government finance director from Eureka, Calif. "The good news is that we have four more years and then we're done with him."

The poll of 1,000 adults was taken Feb. 7-9 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

02-11-2005, 02:55 PM
hmmm... nice try Bozo

Bush Approval Increases to 57%, Highest Rating in a Year
Iraqi elections likely cause of higher approval rating

by David W. Moore

A new CNN/USA Today/Gallup survey shows that President George W. Bush's approval rating has increased to 57%, up from 51% three weeks ago. The increase appears to be related to the Iraqi elections, which the poll shows went better than most Americans expected. In general, the public is more positive now than it was before the elections about the way Bush has handled the situation in Iraq, as well as how the war is faring for the United States. The poll shows little change in Bush's job approval rating on the economy or on Social Security.

02-11-2005, 03:36 PM
Madape- I am certain you are much smarter than WILL LESTER, an Associated Press Writer. I really should have known. He is a bozo and obviously all his data is crap...

02-11-2005, 03:36 PM
What? Reeds faked a document to portray Bush in a poor manner?


02-11-2005, 04:31 PM
What? Reeds faked a document to portray Bush in a poor manner?

No need to fake a document to portray him in a poor manner... he does that every time he opens his mouth

02-11-2005, 04:45 PM
Bush's approval rating is down 12% for the month. At this time the majority of American adults do not approve of his job performance.
Friday February 11, 2005--Forty-eight percent (48%) of American adults approve of the way George W. Bush is performing his role as President. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove.

Eighty-two percent (82%) of Republicans give the President their Approval. They are joined by 20% of Democrats and 40% of unaffiliated voters

This report is based upon a survey of American adults. During 2004, reports on the President Job Approval were based upon surveys of Likely Voters. Typically, a survey of Likely Voters would report a Job Approval rating 2-3 points higher than a survey of all adults.

On Election Day, the President's Job Approval was at 52%. During all of 2004, the President's Job Approval ranged from a high of 57% in early January to a low of 48% on May 17.

Rasmussen Report (http://www.rasmussenreports.com/Bush_Job_Approval.htm)

02-11-2005, 04:53 PM

Throw a dart and pick who you want to believe.

02-11-2005, 05:20 PM
I doubt it will be darts that decide which story is believed.

All I can say is I don't give a flip about approval ratings. What I care about is if the President is doing his job. And to that I say a resounding yes.