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Still falling: Latest poll shows Bush's job approval at 35%

From CBS News:
Most Americans believe someone in the Bush Administration did leak Valerie Plame's name to reporters – even though Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald indicted no one for doing that. Half of the public describes the matter as something of great importance to the country, and this poll finds low assessments of both the President and the Vice President – with the President's overall approval rating dropping again to its lowest point ever.
Some "high"lights from the poll:
  • 51 percent say the CIA leak is of great importance to the nation. This exceeds the 41 percent who, in January of 1998, said the matter between then-President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky was of great importance. It is closer to the 48 percent who gave such a level of import to Iran-Contra in February, 1987, although that was a few months after the scandal had broken. 53 percent placed Watergate in that category in a 1973 Gallup poll, which was also some months after the news had broken. Just 20 percent thought the Whitewater scandal in March, 1994 was of great importance.
  • Some critics of the Bush Administration have seen the leak investigation as part of a larger theme, the rationale behind the Iraq war. When asked if the administration was telling all or most of what they knew about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, 32 percent of Americans think they were. But slightly more – 38 percent- think the Bush Administration was hiding important elements of what they knew, and another quarter believe they were mostly lying about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction before taking military action. The number who thinks the Administration was either hiding something or lying is the highest ever in CBS News polls.
  • Favorable views of George W. Bush are down eleven points since the beginning of the year. Much of this drop has come among Independents: in January at the start of his second term, 41 percent of Independents gave President Bush a favorable rating; today 28 percent do. The events of this year have also taken a toll on opinions about Vice President Dick Cheney. Today the Vice-President receives only a 19 percent favorable rating from Americans; in January it was 28 percent.
  • The President's job approval rating is now 35 percent, his lowest rating since taking office in 2001. More than half the public disapproves of the job he is doing as president.
  • Bush's low job approval is far below that of some of his two-term predecessors at this point in their second terms. In November 1985, President Reagan had a 65 percent approval rating, and Bill Clinton's job approval in November 1997 was 57 percent. Bush's rating is higher than Richard Nixon's was at the same point in his administration.
  • The public continues to have doubts about U.S. involvement in Iraq; half thinks U.S. troops should leave as soon as possible. And views on whether the U.S. should have entered the war in the first place have changed little over the past few months. Half of Americans think the U.S. should have stayed out of Iraq, while 42 percent think taking military action there was the right thing to do.
  • 64 percent say the result of the war with Iraq wasn't worth the loss of American life and the war's other costs; 31 percent think it was.
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How low can you go and still govern?

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