NYTimes/CBS poll: Bush has 34% approval; 83% think he's "hiding something or mostly lying" about Iraq
The NY Times/CBS poll released this evening reaffirms what the other polls are showing. The Republicans are in trouble:
And with less than a month before Election Day, the Times/CBS News Poll findings suggest that the scandal involving Mr. Foley, a former congressman from Florida, is alienating Americans from Congress, and weakening a Republican Party that was already struggling to keep control of the House and Senate. By overwhelming numbers, including majorities of Republicans, Americans said that most members of Congress do not follow the same rules of behavior as average Americans, and that most members of Congress consider themselves above the law.
This poll is especially bad for Bush. His
credibility on Iraq is non-existent:
Mr. Bush’s job approval has slipped to 34 percent, one of the lowest levels of his presidency, posing a complication for the White House as it seeks to send him out on the road to rally base voters. Mr. Bush’s job approval rating has even slipped with his base: 75 percent of conservative Republicans approve of the way he has handled his job, compared with 96 percent in November 2004.
Mr. Bush clearly faces constraints as he seeks
to address the public concerns about Iraq that have shrouded this midterm
election: 83 percent of respondents thought that Mr. Bush was either
hiding something or mostly lying when he discussed how the war in Iraq
And, Bush thinks the North Korea situation is going to help him.
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