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    Slip sliding away...Bush approval rating hits 39%

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    Posted 10/17/2005 4:06 PM Updated 10/17/2005 11:59 PM

    Bush approval hits 39%, lowest of his presidency
    By Richard Benedetto, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON President Bush's job approval rating has slipped to 39%, the lowest measure of his presidency, according to a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll.
    At the same time, job approval for Congress, which has a Republican majority, has fallen to 29%. That is its lowest level since 1994, the year Democrats lost control of the Senate and House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years.

    The poll showed that 68% of Americans say they are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country. That is the most negative assessment in nearly a decade.

    Public satisfaction with the direction of the country last got that low when GOP congressional leaders provoked a government shutdown in the winter of 1995-96 in a budget fight with President Clinton.

    Of those who were polled, 36% said they were Democrats, 30% Republican and 33% independent.

    Results are based on telephone interviews with 1,012 National Adults, aged 18+, conducted October 13-16, 2005.
    Approve Disapprove No opinion
    2005 Oct 13-16 39 58 3
    2005 Sep 26-28 45 50 5
    2005 Sep 16-18 40 58 2
    2005 Sep 12-15 45 52 3
    2005 Sep 8-11 46 51 3
    2005 Aug 28-30 45 52 3
    2005 Aug 22-25 40 56 4
    2005 Aug 8-11 45 51 4
    2005 Aug 5-7 45 51 4
    2005 Jul 25-28 44 51 5
    2005 Jul 22-24 49 48 3

    "These numbers suggest an electorate ripe for an 'it's-time-for-change' argument. They don't like the way things are going, and they are blaming the people in charge," says analyst Stuart Rothenberg, editor of the non-partisan Rothenberg Political Report .

    Bush's fall, from a 45% approval rating in late September, is largely due to a drop in support among independents and Democrats. His approval among independents declined to 32% from 37% since the last USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll taken Sept. 26-28. Approval among Democrats fell to 8% from 15%.

    Bush's approval among his Republican base continues to hold firm. It was 85% in the previous poll and 84% in the latest, steady support that's preventing him from falling lower.

    Bush, whose approval rating hit 55% shortly after he was re-elected last November, has been below 50% since May. Polls indicate that was due in large part to a growing public sense that the Iraq war is not going well. This is the first time Bush has fallen below 40%.

    The president hit 40% twice: in mid-August when Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq, began an anti-war vigil on the road to the president's Crawford, Texas, ranch and again in mid-September after the administration's response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

    Every president since 1963 has had approval ratings at one time or another that were lower than Bush's current rating. Those ratings include Lyndon Johnson's 35%, Richard Nixon's 24%, Gerald Ford's 37%, Jimmy Carter's 28%, Ronald Reagan's 35%, the elder George Bush's 29% and Bill Clinton's 37%.

    Multiple factors could have contributed to the latest erosion:

    Management of the recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

    The possible indictment of top White House aides in a grand jury inquiry into the leaking of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity.

    High gasoline prices.

    Public perception of a lack of progress in stabilizing Iraq. The poll was taken before the results of Saturday's vote in Iraq on a constitution backed by Bush.

    Stephen Hess, Brookings Institution presidential scholar, says Bush's decline is by no means permanent.

    "Polls are a reflection of the headlines. When the news is bad, the president's numbers go down, and when the news is good, they go up," Hess said.

    Hess said the poll numbers could reflect the cumulative effect of "a thousand little cuts, or big cuts," depending who is looking at it.

    "Bush has had a lot of bad news in recent months," he said. "His numbers can go up again if the news changes for the better."

    Copyright 2005 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.

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    Re: Slip sliding away...Bush approval rating hits 39%


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