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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Bush approval falls into the 30's

You know you're having problems when your approval rating falls this low.

New poll numbers from the American Research Group just came out and the numbers do not good for the President.
George W. Bush's overall job approval ratings have dropped from a month ago even as Americans who approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president are turning more optimistic about their personal financial situations according to the latest survey from the American Research Group. Among all Americans, 36% approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 58% disapprove. When it comes to Bush's handling of the economy, 33% approve and 62% disapprove.

Among Americans registered to vote, 38% approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 56% disapprove, and 36% approve of the way Bush is handling the economy and 60% disapprove.

Before I get the complaints from my conservative friends of liberal bias, read the breakdown of the survey.
The results presented here are based on 1,100 completed telephone interviews conducted among a nationwide random sample of adults 18 years and older. The interviews were completed August 18 through 21, 2005. The theoretical margin of error for the total sample is plus or minus 2.6 percentage points, 95% of the time, on questions where opinion is evenly split.

Overall, 36% of Americans say that they approve of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president, 58% disapprove, and 6% are undecided.

Among Republicans (35% of adults registered to vote in the survey), 77% approve of the way Bush is handling his job and 18% disapprove. Among Democrats (37% of adults registered to vote in the survey), 15% approve and 81% disapprove of the way Bush is handling his job. Among Independents (28% of adults registered to vote in the survey), 21% approve and 72% disapprove of the way Bush is handling his job as president.


This is a well done and unbiased poll as everyone was well represented in the survey. Basically, the poll shows that the country is still pretty much divided among party lines but the independents are the swing voters and they aren't happy with the President's preformance. If the poll was even more even handed (taking more Independents into consideration) Bush's approval would be even lower as 72% of the independents disapprove of his performance.