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President's ratings hit new low in poll

President's ratings hit new low in poll
By Susan Page, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — Americans' views of President Bush and his trustworthiness have hit new lows, a downturn that could make it more difficult for him to push his legislative agenda and to boost Republican candidates in next year's congressional elections.

Bush boards Marine One on Monday to begin an eight-day Asia trip.
Mark Wilson, Getty Images

Fewer than one in 10 adults say they would prefer a congressional candidate who is a Republican and who agrees with Bush on most major issues, according to a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday. Even among Republicans, seven of 10 are most likely to back a candidate who has at least some disagreements with the president.

Bush's job approval rating sank to a record low 37%. The poll finds growing criticism of the president, unease about the nation's direction and opposition to the Iraq war.

"All of this is a culmination: How we ended up going into Iraq, gasoline prices, the underlying economic jitters, the sense that the president is out of touch with what the average person wants," Republican pollster Tony Fabrizio says. "What good news have people heard?"

G. Terry Madonna, a political scientist and director of the non-partisan Keystone Poll in Pennsylvania, says he already sees Republican officeholders in the state react to Bush's drop in popularity. "More and more Republicans will begin to separate themselves from the president and establish independent positions," he predicts.

Last week, Republican moderates in the House rebelled against a White House-backed spending bill, and GOP leaders had to withdraw a Bush tax package in Senate.

In the poll:

• Two-thirds of independents and 91% of Democrats disapprove of the job Bush is doing. Even among Republicans, who have solidly backed Bush in the past, 19% express disapproval — a new high.

• For the first time — albeit by a narrow 49%-48% — a plurality disapprove of the way Bush is handling the issue of terrorism. Six in 10 disapprove of the way he's handling foreign affairs, the economy, Iraq and immigration, and 71% disapprove of him on controlling federal spending.

• A 53% majority say they trust what Bush says less than they trusted previous presidents while they were in office. In a specific comparison with President Clinton, those surveyed by 48%-36% say they trust Bush less.

• A record high 60% say going to war in Iraq was "not worth it." In a finding consistent with previous polls, 54% say it was "a mistake" to send troops there.


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The Bush administration looks forward to the trial of “Scooter

During the disgustingly partisan propaganda he spewed on Veterans Day, of all days, The War Criminal-in-Chief said the following:

"The stakes in the global war on terror are too high, and the national interest is too important, for politicians to throw out false charges".

Really, Mr. "President"? Like the false charge in your 2003 State of the Union speech that Iraq was seeking uranium from Niger to build nuclear weapons? You know, the one that your own CIA was telling you could not be substantiated, that you eventually retracted, admitted to the United Nations that you could not prove, and was based on documents that are proven forgeries?

Give us all a break. You're a goddamned lying war criminal and the whole world knows it. Even you.

The vast majority of the few who actually "approve" of the job you are doing don't truly approve. They're just spineless Republicans who are more concerned with supporting their party than doing what's right for their country. They should all be ashamed of themselves.

And you should be in jail.

If there is any justice left in this country after you and your neocon PNAC cronies get through raping it, you will be.

John Perry

This nation shall not rest until every single last one of the cabal is tried in court, by a jury of the war dead's parents, sons, daughters, and wives. Once they're convicted of TREASON, they need either to go directly to Leavenworth for 'at hard labor' or immediately to the gallows or to 'lethal injection' for the murders of tens of thousands of Iraqi citizens, as well as the un-necessary deaths of more than 2065 americans that we know of, and untold numbers of them who've died 'out of theatre' due to the results of their wounds received in Iraq.

Next, we need to hold hearings into how best to protect this nation from the profiteering, money grubbing bastards who bellied up to the trough to get their ill-gotten profits on the blood of our and the Iraqi people's most innocent. This means 'debarment' of every single one of Cheney's cohorts, Rumsfeld's cohorts, and Wolfowitz's cohorts like Halliburton, Kellogg, Brown and Root, and DyneCorp (as well as others).

We need to convict, and if need be, 'hang' the treasonous lying thugs who took this nation to war on a vendetta and a pack of lies.

We need to make it punishable by 'death' for any further unilateral intervention and invasion by this nation.

I'd settle for TAR AND FEATHERS.

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