Bush Approval Rating Falls to 28%
I remember reading somewhere that Bush's core supporters would forgive/excuse him just about anything, even...
jerking off a dog on live television and then licking his fingers afterwards. To anyone who complained, his supporters would respond, "What's the problem? The dog liked it!"
April 27th, 2007 1:45am
Somewhere along the line I think he actually started to resent the people. I think he probably does hate you all.
That'd explain why he doesn't seem to care, and has made no effort to raise his profile.
April 27th, 2007 1:57am
Bush is a wasteman, what makes you think he cared before?
what are you reading for?
April 27th, 2007 5:33am
"Snort cocaine bought from an illegal alien through a rolled up bible page off the stomach of democrat Hollywood stripper who just had an abortion during an anti-war pro stem cell research rally?"
No, he'd find a way to blame that on Bill Clinton.
April 27th, 2007 6:31am
You all make one very flawed assumption - that those 28% know all the stuff that Bush does. Have you talked to "normal" people lately? We're awash in news about the Bush administration thanks to Digg, Reddit, these boards, etc. But most people who get their news from TV, the newspaper, and their Yahoo/AOL/MSN homepage have no idea the crap that's going on.
The only reason it's as low as 28% is the continuing body count out of Iraq. If Bush had pulled the troops out last year but everything else was the same (torture camps, violations of civil rights, corruption, seeding the US Attorneys, fiscal policy in the crapper, etc) I'll wager his approval rating would be around 55% or better.
April 27th, 2007 9:34am
Have sex with an intern. I suspect that 28% are highly motivated by what they see as "moral" issues.
Lieing about WMD is not considered a "moral" issue -- or is "a means justified by the ends". Having sex with an intern has no good political end, and thus would be an immoral act with no mitigating purpose behind it.
That would disillusion that 28%.
April 27th, 2007 10:26am
I think there are probably 28% that identify along a party line and so long as an individual claims affiliation to their same secret decoder ring club, they are behind him.
April 27th, 2007 10:34am
"I think there are probably 28%", I think even though the Whitehouse is a scandal administration. Generally, I think people are ok with their lives. We haven't been constantly attacked by terrorists. Violent crime has gone down. The dow just hit 13k this week, highest ever. The American deaths during this war werent that bad (see chart below).
There were 7000 americans killed since this conflict began(the 3k at the towers and the 4k in the war).
Somebody did a study that 600 soldiers died every year during Clinton's adminstration due to armed forces accidents, etc, etc. so that is about 4500 dead during that administration.
(more detail in this post)
I think Bush and the administration just can't get their message out and sway the people. Even if they were this scandal white-house, they still could focus on the good of the economy, with the deficit is receding. The media is doing a number of the administration and I guess Bush isn't fighting back.
Here are my Bush bad points:
1. No focus on education
2. Some parts of the Patriot Act, but once again; the ACLU and other groups can just sue the government when they think they are being unfairly targeted (balance of powers thing)
April 27th, 2007 11:59am
I would really like to find a REAL analysis of the current administration. There are generally two sides; those who ate him (normally anybody with a blog) and those that love him (Fox News, National Review, etc).
I wish I had something from a neural political analyst.
April 27th, 2007 12:03pm
It's sort of an interesting sociological experiment: see how many of a society will support the nominal leader for no other quality than his/her nominal figureheadness.
There is always the fact that people don't like to disparage their own past poor decisions. And since 51% of voters supported him 2.5 years ago they are not admitting their own mistake.
April 27th, 2007 12:21pm
Dude, out of a 2 trillion budget, 300 billion is 'borrowed'. I could have a great lifestyle too, if I was borrowing 15% of my income every year.
This level of deficit spending is supposed to be done ONLY to 'prime the pump' during down years. Under Bush, we're "priming the pump" ALL THE TIME.
This economic approach is not sustainable, but very few people are raising any red flags about it. The following administrations are going to HAVE to restore taxes (which is very politically unpopular) AND cut the military (Iraq must be reduced to 10,000 advisory troops) AND figure out a way to handle health care without ballooning the cost.
There are very few areas the Bush administration is actually "successful".
April 27th, 2007 12:26pm
"Under Bush, we're "priming the pump" ALL THE TIME."
Great analogy. When you prime the mower pump too much it tends to not run because it's flooded.
April 27th, 2007 12:29pm
Well, Bot, from you link: Military deaths are up 36% from the Clinton administration, 72% since the Iraq invasion. In 2005 (the only one I added up) they've accounted for over 116% of the deaths, which seems strange.
"There is always the fact that people don't like to disparage their own past poor decisions. And since 51% of voters supported him 2.5 years ago they are not admitting their own mistake."
51% of the voters isn't 51% of the population, by a long shot.
April 27th, 2007 1:31pm