Fascinating couple of data points on some recent polling on the President, Congress and the political parties:
"In the Journal/NBC poll, approval of Mr. Bush’s job performance inched up to 39% from 37% last month, but a 56% majority disapproves of the president’s job performance. Congress fares even worse, with 25% approval and 60% disapproval. The telephone survey of 1,010 adults, conducted July 21 to 24, has a margin for error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
More threatening to Congress’s Republican majority is the public’s desire for a change in direction. By 48% to 38%, voters say they prefer that Democrats win control of Congress this fall; by identical proportions, voters say it is time to "give a new person a chance" in Congress. By 38% to 21%, they say their vote will register opposition to Mr. Bush rather than support.
Underlying those sentiments is a public mood that Mr. Hart labels "as…depressing as I can remember" in more than three decades of polling. By 60% to 27%, Americans say their nation is headed "off on the wrong track" rather than "in the right direction."
John Harwood says both Republicans and Democrats received low approval ratings in the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.That stems largely from the Iraq war. Amid sectarian violence that in recent days has caused American and Iraqi officials to shift security strategy, 58% of Americans call themselves "less confident" that the war will end successfully; 32% say they are "more confident." Though Americans say stabilizing Iraq should be Mr. Bush’s top foreign-policy priority, just 34% approve of his handling of the matter.
Approval of Mr. Bush’s handling of the economy edged up to 41%
from 38% in June. Yet by 38% to 14%, Americans expect the economy to get worse
rather than better in the next year; 45% say it will stay the same. More than
seven in 10 Americans across all income groups say they are "uneasy" about the
economy, with 65% predicting "life for our children’s generation" won’t be
better than today."
Interesting take on the public sentiment.
Fascinating stuff . . .
Both Parties Post Low Approval Ratings in Poll
Iraq, Economy Top Worries As Public Disenchantment With Lawmakers Persists
July 27, 2006; Page A4