Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Bush Approval Ratings: The Emerging Pattern

Confusing polling data has been coming so fast and furious it has been difficult to see any emerging patterns. However, today The Pew Research Center published a poll showing that approval for George Bush among registered voters has dropped steadily since June and now stands at a dismal 44%. Approval of his handling of the economy stands at just 38% and the Iraq situation at just 37%. Approval ratings are very important because of research that shows that incumbents with approval rates under 50% usually lose.

"A separate Pew Research Center poll of 803 adults shows that Bush's own approval measures have weakened appreciably. Bush's overall job approval stands at 44%, while solid majorities disapprove of his handling of the situation in Iraq (56% disapprove) and the economy (55%)." Check it out!


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