Both the president and his ratings, that is. Bush is making his third trip to the Gulf area since the hurricane, but is seeing the damage close up for the first time.
Another thing I didn’t get to blog about this weekend is Bush’s plummeting approval rating. Newsweek now has him at 38% approval.
In Katrina’s wake, the president’s popularity and job-approval ratings have dropped across the board. Only 38 percent of Americans approve of the way Bush is doing his job overall, a record-low for this president in the NEWSWEEK poll. (Fifty-five percent of Americans disapprove of his overall job performance.) And only 28 percent of Americans say they are “satisfied with the way things are going” in the country, down from 36 percent in August and 46 percent in December, after the president’s re-election. This is another record low and two points below the satisfaction level recorded immediately after the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal came to light. Fully two-thirds of Americans are not satisfied with the direction of the country.
Not only that, but the numbers for the Republican Congress aren’t any better.
Reflecting the tarnished view of the administration, only 38 percent of registered voters say they would vote for a Republican for Congress if the Congressional elections were held today, while 50 say they would vote for a Democrat.
Since the 9/11 attacks, Bush seemed to have inherited Reagans teflon. I can only wonder and hope.