- Aug 17, 2005
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- Political Leaning
We have a booming economy..........Construction is at record high...Inflation is at record lows........Unemployment is at its lowest in 20 years..........Tax cuts stimulate the economy.......They should be made permanent and more should be given.....
Bush's disapproval rating now at record 58%
WASHINGTON — Americans' view of President Bush and his leadership has soured in the wake of dismay over the government's response to Hurricane Katrina, the course of the Iraq war and the future of the economy.
Bush's rating for handling each of those issues dropped to the lowest of his presidency in a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday.
Assessments of his personal qualities also fell: For the first time, a majority say he isn't a strong and decisive leader.
Bush's overall approval rating is 40%, equaling a previous low. His overall disapproval rating is 58%, a new high.
"Bush stands at a precipice," says Carroll Doherty of the non-——partisan Pew Research Center. "He's lost ground among independents. He seems to be starting to lose ground among his own party. And he lost the Democrats a long time ago."
There are signs of friction between the top two concerns on Bush's agenda — the Iraq war and Katrina recovery.
A 54% majority say the best way for the government to pay for hurricane relief is by cutting war spending. Just 6% support spending cuts in domestic programs, as Bush has suggested.
Nearly two-thirds of those polled, 63%, say some or all of the U.S. troops in Iraq should be withdrawn. A record-high 59% say it was a mistake to invade...