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Good news from the AP Wire.

Bush Job Approval Hits New Low
By WILL LESTER, Associated Press Writer

PHOENIX - President Bush's job approval ratings are hitting the lowest levels of his tenure as problems in Iraq crowd out other issues for voters, public opinion specialists say.

A Newsweek poll released Saturday put Bush's overall job approval at 42 percent, the lowest yet in that poll. Other recent survey have rated Bush in the mid-40s.

"Iraq is sucking the life out of other issue deliberations among the voters in the campaign," said political scientist Douglas Strand of the University of California-Berkeley.

Strand and Merrill Shanks, also a political scientist at the school, have conducted public opinion research on how various issues are affecting the campaign.

They found Iraq has had a more dominant effect on the campaign since April 1. Gay marriage and other domestic issues have faded from voters' concerns as problems mount in Iraq, Strand said.

April was the bloodiest month for Americans in Iraq and the prisoner abuse scandal has put the Bush administration on the defensive.

The researchers talked about their findings Saturday during the meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research.

Bush's approval on how he has handled Iraq has dipped to 35 percent in the Newsweek poll, compared with 44 percent in April. Some 57 percent of respondents said they disapprove.

Despite the doubts about the president's Iraq policy, Bush and his rival, Democrat John Kerry, are essentially tied in a two-way matchup — Kerry at 46 percent and Bush at 45 percent. They are also tied when independent Ralph Nader is included in the race.

The poll of 1,010 adults, including 832 registered voters, was taken Thursday and Friday. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

"People aren't running out of the Bush column, but his support is softening up," said Larry Hugick, who directed the Newsweek poll for Princeton Survey Research Associates.

He noted that strong support for Bush has dropped in the past month and Bush and Kerry now have about equal amounts of strong supporters.

"Before people are going to jump over to Kerry, they begin to express doubts about Bush," Hugick said. "I think that's what we're seeing."

Researchers say that another reason Kerry has not pulled ahead of Bush in most polls is that voters still have a relatively unformed view of the Democrat.

Closing comment: if Ralph Nader is responsible for skewing this election so that the Demon Bush ends up remaining in office, I swear I'll finally cave in and move to Canada.

Nader is a jackass.


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May. 16th, 2004 08:30 am (UTC)
One promising development is I know of some Republicans who are thinking of voting for Nader, so he won't be just costing Kerry votes.
May. 16th, 2004 09:50 am (UTC)
May. 16th, 2004 04:10 pm (UTC)
It may not look good for the President now, but those polls will go up and down between now and November.

Let's hope and pray that a Madrid like attack on American soil doesn't spook the American Electorate to do something stupid at the polls.

I personally hope for his re-election, but then also for a shift in some cabinet positions. If there are people in there who do not share the President's vision of what needs to be done, they should be GONE.

Likewise, I hope that President Bush comes around to my world view of promoting an energy source that REPLACES the gas-powered engine and ends our dependency on Middle-Eastern oil. Only then can we seriously re-look at our troop deployments around the world.

The Democrats' dislike for Ralph Nader echoes the same dislike the Republicans had for Ross Perot in 1992 and 1996. Screw 'em both. If the two-party system were upset by the ascendancy of a viable third party candidate AND sizable congressional presence, the results would be truly historic.

Less government. More liberties. Less taxes. More clarity of vision. The first candidate who can muster wide-ranging support based on the above will scare the Dems and the GOP.
May. 16th, 2004 04:50 pm (UTC)
outta here...
I am with you on that...
since being in a super long distance relationship with a guy from the Netherlands, we've been thinking a little about what to do. It didn't take us long to decide that I should move there. Even with the politics aside, there is just too much going wrong in this country right now. I agree with your friend about the car/gas issue. I also think that one of the most underrated problems, the corporate take over and how it is destroying our communities, needs to be looked at too. And don't even get me started on health care. I really wouldn't put it past some people in this country to have the view of, "Screw the people that can't afford health insurance. Let them die early. That's one less person we'll have to pay social security too"
So, yeah, I am trying to get out of here. I may be back in a few years but I would rather view this shit from a distance.
as a side note....
There is talk of getting into another shop over there. If so, I am still interested in your scents. You need to answer my emails sometime! ;) If so, would you ship international?
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