21 Jun. 2007

How Low Can He Go?

Bush is now polling at 26%. But don't worry, George - John Howard is with you all the way!

Only 23% of US citizens now approve of the way Bush is handling Iraq, with 73% disapproval (an 8-point jump since the last Newsweek poll). There are also majority disapproval figures (around 60%) for Bush's handling of immigration, the economy, and health care.

The only presidents who have ever gone lower than G.W. Bush are Nixon (23%) and Truman(22%). Jimmy Carter and H. W. Bush bottomed out at 28% and 29% respectively. Newsweek poll data here.

The conservative WSJ is normally pro-Bush, but even they have registered a five point drop this year, to a new low of 29%. The bad news for the USA (and the world) is that nobody has any confidence that Congress will hold Bush accountable, stop the war, and restore the dream that was America. So it looks like it's up to "we, the people" to fix the problems.

Meanwhile, Dick Cheney is claiming that procedures for the guarding of classified national security info do not apply to his office, because it is not an “entity within the executive branch.” If so, Cheney should get out of the White House.