Bush's approval rating slips to new low.


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Bush's approval rating slips to new low.

NEWSWEEK POLL: Bush's Approval Rating Slips to New Low (48%); Fifty Percent of Voters Say They Don't Want to See Him Re-Elected (45% Do);

Kerry Strengthens Lead to 48 Percent, 35 Points Ahead of Nearest Rival Dean;
Wins in Match-Up With Bush (50% To 45%)

Fifty-Eight Percent Say *** Marriage Should Not Be Legal;
Majority Says Issue of *** Marriage Very Important (22%) or Somewhat
Important (32%) in Determining Their Vote for President

NEW YORK, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- President George W. Bush's approval
rating has slipped to 48 percent, the lowest level since February 2001,
according to the Newsweek poll. Fifty percent of registered voters say they
would not like to see Bush re-elected to a second term (45% say they would).
And if the election were held today, Democratic frontrunner Sen. John Kerry
would win over Bush by 50 percent to 45 percent among registered voters.
However Bush would have clear wins over Democratic contenders Sen. John
Edwards (49% to 44%), former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (50% to 44%) and retired
General Wesley Clark (51% to 43%).
Sen. Kerry has also strengthened his lead among Democrats and Democratic-
leaning voters in the race for the Democratic nomination. Kerry places first
in the field with 48 percent, while Dean, his closest rival, follows with
13 percent (last week Kerry led with 45% to Dean's 14%). Edwards is in third
place with 10 percent, followed by Clark with nine percent (an improvement of
four points for Clark who last week received 5%). Almost two-thirds (65%) of
Democrats and Democratic-leaners say Kerry is their first or second choice,
followed by Dean (32%) and Edwards (31%).
Meanwhile, following the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's ruling
last week that its landmark decision in support of *** marriage meant full
marriage rights and not civil unions, almost half (45%) of Americans say
efforts to protect the rights of gays and lesbians have gone too far; 25
percent say more effort is needed, 22 percent say the right amount of effort
has been made. Fifty-eight percent of Americans says there should not be
legally-sanctioned *** marriages (33% disagree), while 51 percent say there
should not be legally-sanctioned *** and lesbian unions or partnerships
(40% disagree).
Americans, however, are more deeply and more evenly divided on whether
they support an amendment to the Constitution. Forty-seven percent say they
would favor a Constitutional amendment banning *** marriage in all states,
with 45 percent opposing it. (Of those numbers 43% would strongly favor it,
while 35% would strongly oppose it).
Despite their views on *** marriage, Americans are almost evenly split on
whether gays and lesbians should have the right to legally adopt children;
47 percent say they should not, while 45 percent disagree. When it comes to
economic issues, a large majority (60%) says *** spouses should have health
insurance and other employee benefits (33% disagree). Sixty percent also say
*** spouses should have inheritance rights (30% disagree) and 55 percent say
they should have social security benefits (36% disagree). An overwhelming
majority of Americans (87%) says that there should be equal rights for gays
and lesbians in terms of job opportunities (10% disagree) and 60 percent say
gays and lesbians should be able to openly serve in the military (29%
Fifty-four percent of registered voters say the issue of *** marriage will
be either very important (22%) or somewhat important (32%) in determining
their vote for president this year. Twenty percent say it won't be too
important and 21 percent say it's not at all important. Thirty-eight percent
say Bush comes closer to reflecting their own views on *** marriage, while
29 percent say Kerry does.
Asked about Bush and Kerry's stance on *** marriage, a majority (54%) of
registered voters respond "don't know" when asked Kerry's views, compared with
29 percent who say the same of Bush. Forty-nine percent say, based on what
they've seen in the news, Bush would support a Constitutional amendment, if
necessary, to ban *** marriage in all states (7% say Kerry would do the same).
Twelve percent say Bush believes the issue should be left up to individual
states (14% say this of Kerry); nine percent say Bush supports *** civil
unions but not *** marriage (17% say this of Kerry); and one percent says Bush
favors full marriage rights for gays and lesbians (8% say this of Kerry).
Turning to the role of candidates' wives in the presidential race, almost
a third (31%) of Americans say former First Lady Hillary Clinton comes closest
to their image of what a first lady should be; in a three-way tie for second
place are First Lady Laura Bush and former First Ladies Barbara Bush and Nancy
Reagan, with 20 percent each. Almost two thirds (62%) say a first lady should
be involved in politics, while 32 percent disagree; 75 percent of Democrats
feel this way (21% disagree); and 50 percent of Republicans feel this way
(44% disagree).
When deciding which presidential candidate to support, 67 percent say it
is either very important (25%) or somewhat important (42%) for them to learn
about the candidate's spouse. Seventy-two percent say the relationship between
a candidate and his spouse tells voters either a lot (40%) or something (32%)
about how good a president he would be; 13 percent say it tells you not much
and 12 percent say it tells you nothing.
For this Newsweek poll, Princeton Survey Research Associates interviewed
1,004 adults aged 18 and older on February 5-6, 2004. The margin of error is
plus or minus three percentage points. This poll is part of the February
16 issue of Newsweek (on Newsstands Monday, February 9).
I'm always a little wary of a poll that doesn't spell out how they obtained their sample population. Considering half the country thinks we've found WMD in Iraq, any poll where only 1% of the population thinks Bush supports full *** marriage rights seems a little shady.

Most of this sounds good to me, although that's generally also something that makes me wary of the research.


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I wouldn't be surprised if it were true, there is a well known rule in politics that high approval ratings will drop quickly (within months) if nothing is done to sustain them. Ever wonder why the economy tends to get better around election season?

There is a well-known part of Machiavelli's The Prince that suggests that rulers get the bad things over with as soon as possible while spreading out good things over time.


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Kerry is only ahead of Bush by 5%. That's more than small enough of a lead for Republicans to steal another election. Kerry will have to do better than that.


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After the next major terrorist attack coming this summer and the following invasion of whatever country is made the patsy, voting against Bush will be unpatriotic and will earn you a place in an internment camp... for your safety. In fact... holding elections will be the same as giving in to the forces of evil in a time when resolve and strenght is needed. Therefore elections will be put on hold for the foreseable future.

Or maybe those E-voting machines will do the job. Who knows?


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Just to keep y'all in perspective, Bob Dole was ahead of Clinton in the polls at this time in 1996.


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SaroDarksbane said:
Subtle. :lol:
Only the facetious ever accuse me of that.

*distributes pamphlets in Republican areas reminding people to bring their Voter Registration cards when voting begins in December*


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Pidder said:
Please tell me you're kidding.
No, they do, frighteningly enough.

The problem that Democrats face is that right now they have the support they do not because they have a good candidate, but because he's not as bad as the guy in office. If Kerry gets elected in this fashion, it will be a very weak mandate to govern. Also we will be right back to the days of Clinton where the Congressional Republicans spent all their time and energy (and a lot of taxpayer dollars) on partisan witchhunts unless the Democrats can manage nothing less than a miracle in the House and Senate, which is unlikely because redistricting has secured more Republican seats then ever. There are only 25 seats left that aren't predetermined by the partisan demographics of their districts (and you can bet that the GOP has more of those that are secure then the Democrats.) So the Democrats need a major, major coup in November.