Monday, May 1


How LOW can he GO? Friends of mine are planning a happy hour when he sinks below 30%, and I believe it's entirely possible.

The latest USA TODAY/Gallup poll has Bush approvals at 34%, a 2% drop from his previous low.

Since 1950, there have been six times when presidents had Gallup approval ratings below 50% in the spring as their party sought to keep control of Congress. The president's party lost House seats in all six years, ranging from five in 1968 to 54 in 1994.

Some specific poll results:

Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president? Answer: 34% approve, 60% disapprove.

If the elections for Congress were being held today, which party's candidate would you vote for in your Congressional district? As of today, do you lean more toward the Democratic Party's candidate or the Republican Party's candidate? Answer: 54% to 39% in favor of Democrats.

Next, we'd like to get your overall opinion of some people in the news. As I read each name, please say if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of these people -- or if you have never heard of them. (a) George W. Bush Answer: 39% favorable, 60% unfavorable. (b) Dick Cheney Answer: 34% favorable, 62% unfavorable. (c) Donald Rumsfeld Answer: 37% favorable, 57% unfavorable. (e) The Republican Party Answer: 36% favorable, 58% unfavorable. (f) The Democratic Party Answer: 48% favorable, 45% unfavorable.

On the issues, do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling --

Terrorism: 48% approve, 50% disapprove; The Economy: 34% approve, 64% disapprove; Iraq: 32% approve, 66% disapprove; Immigration: 26% approve, 64% disapprove; Energy: 22% approve, 71% disapprove.

We may finally be greeting a Great Awakening on the part of the American public. I wonder how long it will take the press to catch up.

UPDATE: CBS has him at 33%. (Via Atrios.)

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