Monday, October 17, 2005


Bush's poll numbers are down, much to the delight of the MSM, which takes a poll every 5 minutes.
Powerline has some interesting info regarding those numbers for Bush, and for other presidents as well.


Who's Cracking Up?
But are Bush's numbers really that bad? His current Real Clear Politics average stands at 41.7% approval. That is at or about the low point in nearly five years in office. How does it compare to other presidents' lowest poll ratings? Actually, it's not bad. Here are the low approval ratings for the last seven presidents:

*Johnson: 35%
*Nixon: 24%
*Ford: 37%
*Carter: 28%
*Reagan: 35%
*Bush I: 29%
*Clinton: 37%

Yes, that's right: Every president since 1963 has had approval ratings, at one time or another during his administration, at least five points lower than Bush's current nadir.

Just in case you were curious about some of Bush's numbers. The article and links make for some interesting reading.

I have approval woes about GW in some spots myself, but only because he doesn't behave enough like a conservative to suit me.
It is, perhaps, not quite as dark as the gleeful left wants people to think.

Additionally, these numbers are somewhat expected, given the barrage of negative stories the press throws at people. (You think you'll ever see the above info on a See-BS report?)
There is good news out there. It's just well hidden.

I'm also not saying that criticism isn't due some places, but there is definitely a slant in the press that we didn't see during the last administration's tenure.

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