May 19, 2005
Like a stone
By 49%-12%, Americans say Mr. Bush and his administration are placing “too much emphasis” on Iraq and by margins of 65%-1% and 64%-9% say Mr. Bush is placing “too little emphasis” on the economy and gas prices, respectively.
65-1 is quite an achievement.
Nor are incumbents helped by Washington’s battles over John Bolton’s nomination for United Nations ambassador and the “nuclear option” for ending judicial filibusters. Just 13% of Americans say Mr. Bush and Congress are working together to end gridlock, while 80% say things will remain the same in Washington. That is a much dimmer view than Americans took just two years ago, when 41% said Congress and the president were working to end gridlock.
…The ethics cloud over House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is attracting public notice. By 52%-12%, Americans say Congress should investigate the Texan’s travel and relationships with lobbyists. Though just over half of Americans don’t know who Mr. DeLay is or have a neutral opinion, the rest view him negatively by a two-to-one margin.
…When Americans are asked which party they want to control Congress after the 2006 elections, Democrats hold a 47%-40% edge – the party’s best showing since the Journal/NBC survey began asking that question in 1994.
So there is at least a glimmer of hope.
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