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Thursday, August 18, 2005

The long, slow slide back to Crawford New Haven

Posted by: Hammer / 11:23 AM

City Pages reports the latest bad news for Bush:

If it quacks like a lame duck and is accompanied by the deafening sound of a slide whistle, it means a new survey on President Bush's job rating has been released. According to a recent poll by SurveyUSA, Bush's nationwide public-approval rating has dipped to a scanty 41 percent. This makes Bush even less popular than when he snared the title of the least-popular second-term president ever a few months back, when a Gallup Poll found Bush's approval rating at a mere 45 percent. Of course Bush has steadfastly maintained that Americans don't want a president who relies on focus groups and polls to make decisions, so it's not entirely surprising that his stubborn "resolve" and lack of grasp of the word "democracy" has caused the continual plummet.

Bush is right on one score. Americans want leadership on important issues. The problem is that Bush's leadership and Bush's values are so far out of the American mainstream that most everyone is starting to catch on.

The SUSA report is fun & interactive. You can track by a couple dozen groupings. While Bush's approval is 39/59 for all Minnesotans, it is slightly better among men than women, slightly better among the middle aged than young adults and seniors, abysmal with blacks (17/81) and Hispanics (24/71), better with Republicans (86/10) than conservative (71/28), bad with moderates, terrible with liberals, okay with regular churchgoers (50/56), good with pro-lifers (60/38), and negative in every region of the state.

The Republican/conservative numbers are the most interesting. I think we've indentified "The Real Republican" gap.


It's interesting that the numbers for Democrats and Liberals match up for the last two times. The conservatives are breaking with the "so called" Republicans (the real Republicans are in the 10% group, like me). I suspect that it's the theocrats who are making the difference.

By Anonymous therealrepublican, at 12:11 PM  

Bush has been a great unifying force on the left and, until very recently, on the right, as well.

By Blogger Hammer, at 12:15 PM  

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