22 September 2008

Even More Popularity

A few months ago I mentioned that Our Fearless Leader had achieved a 19 percent approval rating in an American Research Group poll. I noted that "presidential approval numbers below about 35% are very difficult to achieve," adding,

To get below 25%, you really need to be seen kicking nuns in the shins. To get below 20%, you need to be caught on camera raping puppies.
I suspected that result was an outlier, and noted at the time that "We're not likely to see such a low approval rating again in our lives."

But W surprised me yet again: the same polling organization reports that
Among all Americans, 19% approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 76% disapprove. When it comes to Bush's handling of the economy, 17% approve and 78% disapprove.
The same poll also achieves a number I've never seen before on a significant poll:
No Americans say that the national economy is getting better, 13% say it is staying the same, and 82% say the national economy is getting worse.
Get that: "No Americans." Zero percent. They spoke to eleven hundred people and couldn't find one. Zow.

1 comment:

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