Yet another poll has com out, this time putting the number of Americans who disapprove of his performance in the oval office at 60 percent.
For the first time in his presidency a majority of Americans question the integrity of President Bush, and growing doubts about his leadership have left him with record negative ratings on the economy, Iraq and even the war on terrorism, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows.
On almost every key measure of presidential character and performance, the survey found that Bush has never been less popular with the American people. Currently 39 percent approve of the job he is doing as president, while 60 percent disapprove of his performance in office — the highest level of disapproval ever recorded for Bush in Post-ABC polls.
… Overall, the survey underscores how several pillars of Bush’s presidency have begun to crumble under the combined weight of events and White House mistakes. Bush’s approval ratings have been in decline for months, but on issues of personal trust, honesty and values, Bush has suffered some of his most notable declines. Moreover, Bush has always retained majority support on his handling of the U.S. campaign against terrorism — until now, when 51 percent have registered disapproval.
… The dissatisfaction with Bush flows in part out of broad concerns about the overall direction of the country. Nearly 7 in 10 — 68 percent — believe the country is seriously off course, while only 30 percent are optimistic, the lowest level in more than nine years. Only 3 in 10 express high levels of confidence in Bush, while half say they have little or no confidence in this administration. (emphasis added)
For someone like me, who’s had all the same feelings about Bush since the 2000 campaign, hearing number of Americans are waking up to what the rest of us knew during the last two presidential elections — particularly the most recent one. The not-so-sweet part is that these folks are waking up far too late to do much about it in the first place.
I’d be interested in seeing how many of the folks now registering their disapproval of Bush voted for him last November, and hearing from them just what finally changed their minds about this guy. What became obvious that wasn’t already so this time last year? And, with three years left to go with your guy in office, what exactly do you propose to do about it?
I keep going back to the buyer’s remorse theme, and the fact that so many of these people “bought it” when quite a lot of us were telling them quite loudly not to. So, they bought and now we’re all stuck with it. If any of these folks are wondering what they can do, I suggest they broaden their focus beyond Bush and take a a look at the Congress that’s entirely controlled by his party. By now people have got to know how rotten with corruption this body has gotten with Republican in complete control. If the country’s going in the wrong direction, the problem may be the people who are doing the steering. We may be stuck with Bush for three more years, but we don’t have to be stuck with all of them.
There are congressional elections coming up in 2006. People who are having “buyers remorse” where Bush is concerned might be able to redeem their “purchase” in 2006 by helping vote out some of their president’s political cohorts. We’ve tried one-party rule now, and we see where it’s gotten us. It might be time to consider the merits of having different parties in control of the legislative and executive branches. It certainly can’t hurt.