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October 4, 2007
Bush, Congress in Race to the Bottom in Poll Numbers (Updated)
The latest AP-Ipsos poll is out and approval ratings for both President Bush and Congress received the lowest marks ever recorded by the poll:
Only 31 percent said they approve of the job Bush is doing, according to the survey released on Thursday.The AP has partnered with Ipsos since 2003.
There is little doubt that the public is disenchanted with their government. More than 70% believe the US is headed in the wrong direction. And Democrats get even lower marks for running Congress than Bush does for running the executive branch.
What does it mean? The American people are wild for change. This has translated into great enthusiasm for the candidacies of both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
But the public has not focused on the individual positions on issues taken by any candidates yet which means that there is considerable room for a Republican to step into the void and announce "I am the agent of change. Vote for me," and come across as a viable alternative to the hyper-liberalism of the Democrats.
Regardless, unless things turn around quickly for Republicans, most analysts expect the GOP to lose some Senate seats and probably not gain enough seats back in the House to retake control.
But that is the best case scenario. If the economy were to sour or disaster befall us in Iraq, the Democrats could very well sweep through to victory, picking up another 20-30 seats in the House and 4-6 Senate seats.
That is the worst case scenario for Republicans. And at this point, no popularity poll is going to show which way the electorate is going to jump.
American Thinker reader and a great writer and translator in his own right John Rosenthal was kind enough to supply a link to a piece he penned for TCS Daily in which he showed the Ipsos folks to be a little less than honest when it comes to generating polls:
That may well be true. However, I feel constrained to point out that the Bush and Congressional approval ratings measured by Ipsos track closely to other, perhaps more professional polls like Rasmussen and Gallup.
Still, I find Mr. Rosenthal's information about the polling firm revealing. It shouldn't surprise us coming from the Associated Press - a media organ famous for its blatant bias against the President.
Thanks to Mr. Rosenthal for his information.