Two-thirds of Americans, 66 percent, think the country is on the wrong track. That's about the same as a year ago, when 65 percent thought so, the poll found.A few paragraphs later:
Iraq remains the public's top concern, with 65 percent disapproving of Bush's handling of the situation.Then there's this from Newsweek:
What must be even scarier for dubya can be found in the poll itself. To the question:
When President George W. Bush declared earlier this month that the only way to quell sectarian violence in Iraq was to send more than 20,000 additional American troops, he probably knew the move would be unpopular. Indeed, the latest NEWSWEEK poll finds that Bush’s call for a “surge” in troops is opposed by two-thirds (68 percent) of Americans and supported by only a quarter (26 percent). Almost half of all respondents (46 percent) want to see American troops pulled out “as soon as possible.”
Bush’s Iraq plan isn’t doing anything for his personal approval rating either; it’s again stuck at its lowest point in the history of the poll (31 percent). Meanwhile, the new Democratic-controlled Congress is getting relatively high marks. And 55 percent actually trust Congressional Dems on U.S. policy in Iraq, far more than the 32 percent who trust their commander in chief.
Now thinking ahead to the next presidential election. In general, would you rather see a Democrat or a Republican elected as our next president in 2008?49% said they'd want to see a Democrat elected president as opposed to only 28% who'd want to see a Republican elected.
The bad news continued. When asked whether dubya has "strong leadership qualities", is "honest and ethical", and "cares about people like you", a majority answered "no" each time.
- 57% said he did not show "leadership qualities."
- 54% said he was not "honest and ethical."
- And a whopping 60% said he did not "care about people like you."
More evidence that this is a failed presidency from a failed political party.