Job Approval: 31%
Approve of His Handling of the Economy: 28%
Approve of His Handling of Immigration: 26%
Approve of His Handling of GWOT: 46%
Approve of His Handling of Iraq: 29%
Approve of His Handling of Foreign Policy: 27%
Approve of His Handling of Gas Prices: 13%
The percentage of respondents who said going to war in Iraq was the correct decision slipped to a new low of 39 percent, down from 47 percent in January. Two-thirds said they have little or no confidence that Mr. Bush will be able to successfully end the war there.
Mr. Bush’s political strength continues to dissipate. About two-thirds of voters said that Mr. Bush does not share their priorities, up from just over half right before his reelection in 2004. About two thirds said and that the country is in worse shape than it was when he came to power six years ago.
Mr. Bush is even losing support in what has been his base: 51 percent of conservatives and 69 percent of Republicans now approve of the way Mr. Bush is handling his job. In both cases, those figures represent a substantial drop in support from four months ago.
“We should have stayed out of Iraq until we knew more about it,” Bernice Davis, a Republican from Missouri who said she now disapproves of Mr. Bush’s performance, said in a follow-up interview today. “The economy is going to pot. Gas prices are escalating. I just voted for Bush because he’s a Republican, even though I disapproved of the war. If I could go back, I would not vote for him.”