Chimpy’s job approval rating plumbs new depthsin California.
California voters’ approval of President Bush — now engaged in a war of words with Democratic congressional leadership over funding and American troop withdrawals in Iraq — has disintegrated to the lowest levels since he took office, according to a Field Poll released today.
Just 26 percent of California voters surveyed by the Field Poll approved of the president’s performance in office — nearly reaching the record low 24 percent approval rating of former President Richard Nixon in August 1974, just before his resignation over the Watergate scandal.
The poll showed that just 24 percent of the state’s voters saw the president’s performance in Iraq in a positive light, compared with 72 percent who viewed it negatively, the poll showed.
The Field Poll showed that “majorities of Californians now hold positions diametrically opposed” to those of the president on the Iraq war. Two-thirds opposed the president’s decision to increase American troops by 20,000 in Iraq, nearly 60 percent echoed Democratic efforts in Congress by favoring a timetable for troop withdrawal, and half said the U.S. presence in Iraq “decreases the chances of bringing peace and stability” to that nation, the poll showed.
The Field Poll results mirror a new poll from the San Jose State University Survey and Policy Research Institute released this week, which showed that Bush’s approval rating stood at 23 percent among state voters.
The institute’s poll showed that the president has suffered a devastating loss in credibility among state residents — just 28 percent of Californians answered “yes” to the question: “Generally speaking, do you believe what President Bush tells the American people is true?”
The San Jose institute’s survey found that the president’s positive rating on his handling of the war was a mere 21 percent, with just 1 in 5 people saying the Iraq war has made the United States safer and 24 percent saying the war has been “worth it.”