Thursday, October 13, 2005

Are you kidding me?

A while back, I held-off on blogging about the racial fall-out of Hurrican Katrina because I thought the horrible reality of it all was much worse than any spin could ever make it.

NBC/WSJ has a new poll out. The president's approval is at 39%, no surprises there. There was a bombshell hidden in the analysis:

Washington - Support for the majority Republican party in the United States is sagging as President George W. Bush's popularity continues to slide, according to a poll released on Wednesday.

A plurality of Americans, 48%, said they would prefer the Democrats to control Congress compared to 39% who want the Republicans in power, said the poll commissioned by United States television channel NBC and the Wall Street Journal.

The gap between the two parties was the largest recorded since the NBC/Journal poll started asking the question 11 years ago.

The Republicans hold a majority in both houses of Congress and face mid-term elections next year amid growing public concern over the war in Iraq and high energy prices.

The poll showed Bush's approval ratings dropping to 39%, the lowest of his presidency in the NBC/Journal surveys. Other polls have shown a similar decline with Bush's ratings falling below the 40% threshold in recent weeks.

Anxious about Bush's plunging poll numbers, Republicans in Congress have begun to break ranks and defied the White House on important issues.

The poll also revealed overwhelming opposition to Bush among African-Americans. Only two percent said they approved of his performance as president, the lowest level ever recorded in that category, NBC television reported.

According to the survey, US voters are anxious about rising gas and energy costs, with a majority saying they expected prices to increase further.

Investigations of prominent Republican lawmakers also appear to pose a threat for Bush's party.

Sixty-five percent said charges against Bush ally and former majority leader of the House of Representatives, Tom DeLay, suggested potential illegal activity.

A majority of 57% said an investigation into possible insider trading by the majority leader in the Senate, Bill Frist, indicated possible wrongdoing.

The poll, based on interviews with 807 adults, was conducted between October 8 and October 10 and had a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.

2 percent? Two? I'll go on record right now and say that if this poll is not an outlier, we will win a crushing victory in 2006. Ken Mehlman can sing and dance all he wants, they can continue to believe that somehow having Condi around proves they will do more for blacks than Democrats. After Katrina, 98% (jeez, that's an insane number) of African-Americans know better.


At 11:50 PM, Blogger Dr. John Barkdull said...

Very interesting. Bush's media event today did not help. He engaged in a little scripted Q&A with eleven soldiers in Iraq. It was a sad performance, made worse by the technical difficulties of communicating halfway around the world.

The post-Katrina disaster is growing as well. As second terms go, this has not been much fun for the incumbents. And the indictments might be out next week.

At 12:06 AM, Blogger Dr. John Barkdull said...

Here are the Texas events scheduled by The World Can't Wait, the movement to force Bush's resignation.

AUSTIN: 3 PM, State Capitol. Feeder marches: 1:15 PM -- UT students, University of Texas West Mall; 2:15 PM -- high school students, 6th & Lamar, near Whole Foods


HOUSTON: 12 PM, Market Square Park at Preston and Travis

SAN ANTONIO: 4 PM at Travis Park, 301 E. Travis; 5:30 PM, Rally at Milam Park sanantonio@worldcantwait.org2, 10-733-8666

At 9:12 AM, Blogger Synthesis said...

I'm not big on marches or protests, but I'm with you on writting letters to the editor.

With Fitzgerald's indictments set to break any day now, I think we could make a nice big push for resignation on the charge that Bush puts the interests of his friends over Americans and security. At the very least, we get to play the cronyism card (which is trumping everything right now), and hey, the SOB might just feel ashamed and quit.

Let's hope.

At 1:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I doubt that, short of an accusation of a high crime or misdemeanor, Bush will resign. But the strength of such a movement will further undercut the GOP's ability to push through its benighted agenda.

Dr. B


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