Both Newsweek and Time have new polls out.
Bush Job Approval: 36% (down from 38% in previous poll)
Sixty-five percent say they are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States and only 28 percent are satisifed. According to the poll, Democratic congressional candidates continue to hold an edge over their Republican rivals, by a 50-38 percent margin. That’s consistent with other NEWSWEEK polls from earlier in the year.
Bush Job Approval: 38% (up from 35% in previous poll)
According to a new TIME poll, 54% of those surveyed said the U.S. involvement in the war in Iraq has hurt America’s standing in the war on terrorism, vs. 40% who feel it has helped. U.S. handling of the conflict between Hizbollah and Israel has caused harm as well, said 51%, vs. 29% who said it has had a positive effect. The Bush Administration does not have “a clear and well thought-out policy to deal with terrorism,” said 59%, vs. 36% who disagreed with that statement. Forty-nine percent said the Bush Administration is using the threat of terrorism for political reasons; 45% didn’t feel that way.
Asked how they would vote if elections for Congress were held today, 51% of the registered voters among the respondents said they’d pick a Democrat, while 40% would vote Republican.