MORE POLLS….It turns out the American public is pretty savvy. Here are the results of the latest New York Times poll:
The poll found that just 29 percent of Americans approve of the way President Bush is managing the war in Iraq, matching the lowest mark of his presidency. Nearly 70 percent of Americans said Mr. Bush did not have a plan to end the war, and an overwhelming 80 percent said Mr. Bush?s latest effort to rally public support for the conflict amounted to a change in language but not policy.
In the generic congressional poll, Democrats now have a staggering 19% lead. As far as I know, this is unprecedented a week before an election.
Other results: The Iraq war is the most important issue by a huge margin. George Bush’s approval/disapproval rating for handling the war is a subterranean -35%, and even for the broader war on terrorism it’s -4%. More people think the economy is getting worse than think it’s getting better by a margin of 22%. The approval/disapproval margin for the Republican Party is -20%, compared to +9% for the Democratic Party. People think taxes will go up no matter who wins control of Congress. 57% are in favor of allowing either marriage or civil unions for gay couples. There’s plenty of other good stuff in the full poll results here.
But for the sheer pleasure of seeing his own partisans finally abandon him, my personal favorite questions are the ones below. Heckuva job, George!