It Is Starting To Feel Like 1993
by Chris Bowers, Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 11:18:08 AM EDT
I know some of you are not satisfied with current Democratic opposition. However, even those who hold that opinion must agree that something is taking a political toll on Bush. Just look at the omnibus approval / disapproval spread from Pollkatz since the beginning of the year. (on the right)
It is true that Bush and Congressional Republicans have indeed passed a significant amount of the conservative agenda so far in Bush's second term, including the Real ID Act, the Class Action Lawsuit Restrictions, Reapleaing the Estate Tax, the Bankruptcy Bill, the Energy Bill, placing restrictions upon reproductive rights, the Job Training Improvement Act, and the Congressional Budget for Fiscal Year 2006. However, despite our reduced margins in both Houses of Congress, it has not been easy for the trifecta to pass any of these laws. Further, Democrats have managed to defeat Bush's attempts to destroy Social Security and nuke the Senate. We also have delivered him a setback via Stem Cells, and Republicans delivered themselves a major setback via Schiavo.
All of this is starting to place a clear toll on Bush's popularity, as he inches ever closer to lame duck status. In yet another poll, his disapproval has reached an all-time high:A clear majority of Americans say President Bush is ignoring the public's concerns and instead has become distracted by issues that most people say they care little about, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
The survey found that 58 percent of those interviewed said Bush is mainly concentrating in his second term on problems and partisan squabbles that these respondents said were unimportant to them. Four in 10--41 percent--said the president was focused on important problems--a double-digit drop from three years ago.(...)
Ominously for Bush and the Republicans, a strong majority of self-described political independents--68 percent--say they disagreed with the president's priorities. That suggests Bush's mixed record in the second term on issues the public views as critical--particularly on Iraq and the economy--may be as much a liability for GOP candidates in next year's mid-term election as his performance in his first term was an asset to Republican congressional hopefuls last year and in 2002.
Overall, the president's job approval rating stood at 48 percent, virtually identical to where it was last month. Currently 52 percent of the public disapproves of the job Bush is doing as president, the highest negative rating of his performance since taking office.(...)
A total of 1,002 randomly selected adults were interviewed June 2-5 for this survey. Margin of sampling error for the overall results is plus or minus 3 percentage points.Democrats have also been consistently leading generic congressional ballot polls for the past five months, and are well positioned to make gains in Congress. It is a struggle, but it is almost enough to make you start humming Nirvana and Dr. Dre songs.