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Bad news for Bush-supporting GOP Congressmen

The news keeps getting grimmer and grimmer for the Bush administration and its "alleged" mandate from just a year ago. According to the latest USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll, 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.
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.

Other poll "high"lights:
  • 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.
If you listen to the White House mouthpieces (like White House Communication Director Nicolle Devenish on CNN this afternoon), things aren't that bad and they don't look at polls because they're too busy doing the people's business. Maybe they should watch the polls a little more to figure out what the people's business actually is.

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