July 13, 2005
A failing presidency
From the Wall Street Journal:
WASHINGTON – President Bush has suffered an erosion in public regard for his policies and his credibility, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows.
Mr. Bush’s overall job approval now stands at 46%, while 49% disapprove of his performance. More problematic for the White House, the public turns thumbs down on the president’s handling of the economy by 54%-39%, and on his handling of Iraq by 55%-39%.
The Rove factor is also at work:
At a time when the administration’s credibility is under attack amid an invest-igation of the leak of a CIA operative’s name, Mr. Bush receives his lowest ratings as president for “being honest and straightforward.” Just 41% rate him positively on that score, while 45% rate him negatively. The telephone survey of 1,009 adults, conducted July 8-11, has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.
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