Folks who voted for Chimpy in 2004 are much less enthusiastic about their man than the people who voted for Clinton were with their choice.
Fifty-eight percent of Mr. Bush’s voters say their feelings about the administration can best be described as satisfied but not enthusiastic. Nine percent said they are enthusiastic. But 26 percent said they were dissatisfied and 6 percent said they were angry, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll taken in March.
When asked if they approve of the way Mr. Bush is doing his job, 66 percent said they approve while 21 percent said they disapprove and 13 percent are unsure.
This is in sharp contrast to the last two-term president, Bill Clinton who was more popular in his second term than in his first. At a roughly comparable point in his presidency, April 1999, just two months after he was acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment trial, 88 percent of people who voted for Mr. Clinton for a second term said they approved of the way he was doing his job, 7 percent disapproved and 6 percent were not sure.
Thirty-four percent of Mr. Bush’s 2004 voters are now critical of his handling of the war. Twenty-eight percent said the United States should have stayed out of Iraq from the beginning.