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Foxy Ponies

Chimpy sets an all-time low in job approval in theFox News poll for the second consecutive month.

Bush Job Approval

Approve: 29%
Disapprove: 64%

It’s A Perfect Pony Storm!

Chimpy, Cheney and Condi each set all-time lows in the newHarris Poll.

    • President Bush’s latest ratings are 24 percent positive and fully 75 percent negative. Previously, his worst numbers were 26 percent positive and 72 percent negative in April of this year. His ratings are substantially worse than those of any president, except for Jimmy Carter (22%-77% in July 1980), since Harris first started measuring themin 1963.
    • Vice President Cheney’s ratings are even worse, 18 percent positive and 74 percent negative, compared to his previous low of 21 percent positive, 74 percent negative last July.
    • Secretary of State Rice’s ratings are much better than those of the President and Vice President, but also have fallen to their lowest point ever, 39 percent positive and 54 percent negative, compared to 42 percent positive and 51 percent negative last October.
    • Only 14 percent of the public think the things in the country are going in the right direction and fully 80 percent think they are on the wrong track. These compare to the previous worst numbers in President George W. Bush’s term, 75 percent thought things were on the wrong track in April. The highest number of people who said the country was on the wrong track was 81 percent in June of 1992 during the term of the first President Bush.

Pony Up!

Chimpy sets another all-time low job approval rating, this time in the newABC News/WaPo Poll:

McCain will be running into stiff headwinds over the next five months. Bush’s approval rating hit another low in Post-ABC polling and now is 29 percent, with 68 percent saying they disapprove of the job he is doing — 54 percent strongly. Among the dwindling number who approve of the way Bush is handling his job, 80 percent back McCain. Among the much higher number who disapprove, 26 percent support McCain.

Pony Time!

NewDiageo/Hotline poll.

Bush Job Approval
Approve: 28% (all-time low)
Disapprove: 67%

Country On The Right Track/Wrong Track
Right Track: 12%
Wrong Track: 76%

Bush Favorability
Strongly Favorable: 12%
Somewhat Favorable: 19%
Somewhat Unfoavorable: 17%
Strongly Unfavorable: 49%

On The Widespread Effects Of Ponies

Oh, baby.

Republicans appear headed for another year of substantial House seat losses, if the latest survey by Democracy Corps/Greenberg Quinlan Rosner stands true. In the congressional districts that DC/GQR determined to be the 45 most competitive [pdf] Republican-controlled districts, Democratic challengers lead 50 percent to 43 percent overall.

In a similar survey taken in the same districts four months ago (other than five “hard-to-reach” districts that were added for this survey), Democrats trailed by 1 point. The current 7-point lead shows a landscape sliding in Democrats’ favor.

DC/GQR polled 1,600 registered voters in 45 districts from May 19-26. Bush won these 45 districts by 12 points in 2004, and Republicans won the House races by the same margin in 2006.

Prior to polling, DC/GQR separated the 45 districts into two tiers, based on the district’s likelihood to flip to Democrats. In the top tier, consisting largely of open seats, the margin for Democrats widens to 9 points, with a 51 percent to 42 percent lead. In second tier races, considered more difficult for Democrats to win, the GOP still trails by 3 points, 48 percent to 45 percent.

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One problem for Republican candidates and incumbents appears to be voters’ feelings about Pres. Bush, whose job approval rating in these GOP districts is at 33 percent.

“You have to keep reminding yourself that you’re looking at Republican districts; this is not a national poll,” said GQR pollster Stan Greenberg. “The fact that Bush’s approval rating is only 33 percent in these districts gives you a sense what these Republican incumbents and Republicans running across the country are likely to face.”

Job approval for Republican incumbents, who the pollsters referred to by name based on what district they were polling, was at 38 percent. On specific issues, Democrats faired 17 points better than Republicans on handling the economy and 11 points better on the war in Iraq. On handling illegal immigration, Republicans led by 3 points.

Plural Ponies!

California Ponies

President Bush’s approval rating among Californians has plummeted to an all-time low, with 25 percent saying he’s done a good job, according to the latest Field Poll, released today.

Good Ole American Ponies

PRINCETON, NJ — President George W. Bush’s job approval rating in the latest USA Today/Gallup poll, conducted May 30-June 1, is at 28%, essentially where it has been for the last two months, and tied for the lowest of his administration. Bush’s disapproval rating is at 68%, one point off the highest such reading in Gallup history.

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The lowest job approval rating in Gallup’s history is 22%, recorded by Harry Truman in 1952. The only other president to score lower than 28% was Richard Nixon in 1973 and 1974 (although Jimmy Carter also received a 28% rating in 1979).

Dood, It Is So On!

What’s this? Apony challenge from Larry Sabato?

“[Bush] is poisoning the well for Republican congressional candidates and for John McCain,” said Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia. “I think McCain’s chances depend in part on whether Bush and his White House team can manage to get Bush up around 40 (percent) again,” referring to the president’s approval rating.

Bring it on, Sabato!

Minnesota Ponies

Unloved in theLand of Ten Thousand Lakes.

Minnesotans are profoundly dissatisfied with the job President Bush is doing — and are even more disenchanted with the general trajectory of the nation.

A new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll found that only a quarter of the state’s residents approve of the president’s job performance, the harshest assessment of his tenure. Two-thirds give his performance a thumbs-down.

At the same time, only 14 percent of Minnesotans say things in the nation are generally headed in the right direction, while 77 percent say the United States has gotten seriously off on the wrong track.

That level of dissatisfaction also is higher than at any other time during the Bush presidency.

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His current approval rating is lower than any ever registered for his father, George H.W. Bush (32 percent); Bill Clinton (46 percent) or Ronald Reagan (45 percent). The lowest presidential approval rating ever measured by the Minnesota Poll was for Richard Nixon, when he hit 20 percent several months before his August 1974 resignation.

Meet Mr. 23%

Zogby:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Growing anxiety about their economic prospects and deep unhappiness with President George W. Bush and the U.S. Congress plunged Americans into a dark mood this month, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.

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Bush’s approval rating fell 4 percentage points to 23 percent, a record low for pollster John Zogby, and positive marks for the U.S. Congress fell 5 points to tie an all-time low at 11 percent.

The number of Americans who believe the country is on the right track fell from 23 percent to an abysmal 16 percent, another record for pessimism, as uncertainty about the economy and rising gas prices fuelled growing doubts about the future.

Pony Power

One must wonder whyRepublikkkans still support the man who has almost single-handedly destroyed their party.

The [Gallup] poll finds President Bush’s approval rating at 29%, only a shade above his personal worst approval score of 28%, first reached in April and repeated earlier in May. However, his rating would be even lower if not for the support of most Republicans.

Current Republican approval of Bush is much lower than it was early on in his presidency; however, it remains far better than approval from Democrats. Two-thirds of Republicans (66%) approve of Bush’s job performance today, compared with only 7% of Democrats.

I Always Have Time For Ponies

We switched to Vista at work three weeks ago, and it’s EATING MY ASS!!!

But I still have time for theponies.

Public disgruntlement neared a record high and President Bush slipped to his career low in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll.

Eighty-two percent of Americans now say the country’s seriously off on the wrong track, up 10 points in the last year to a point from its record high in polls since 1973. And 31 percent approve of Bush’s job performance overall, while 66 percent disapprove.

Über Ponies

Holy Crap!™ Chimpy just set the record for themost hated president evah!

WASHINGTON — President Bush has set a record he’d presumably prefer to avoid: the highest disapproval rating of any president in the 70-year history of the Gallup Poll.

In a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday, 28% of Americans approve of the job Bush is doing; 69% disapprove. The approval rating matches the low point of his presidency, and the disapproval sets a new high for any president since Franklin Roosevelt.

The previous record of 67% was reached by Harry Truman in January 1952, when the United States was enmeshed in the Korean War.

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In another record, the percentage of Americans who say the invasion of Iraq was a mistake reached a new high, 63%, in the latest poll.

Assessments of Bush’s presidency are harsh. By 69%-27%, those polled say Bush’s tenure in general has been a failure, not a success.

ABC Wants A Pony

High snark fromABC News.

Bush Defeats Truman

At 39 months in the doghouse, George W. Bush has surpassed Harry Truman’s record as the postwar president to linger longest without majority public approval.

Bush hasn’t received majority approval for his work in office in ABC News/Washington Post polls since Jan. 16, 2005 — three years and three months ago. The previous record was Truman’s during his last 38 months in office.

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In the latest ABC/Post poll, just 33 percent of Americans approve of Bush’s work, a point from his career-low 32 percent earlier this year. Sixty-four percent disapprove, with those who “strongly” disapprove outnumbering strong approvers by a 3-1 margin.

The president’s rating has been remarkably stable — 32 or 33 percent approval in the last nine national ABC/Post polls, comprising nearly 10,000 interviews since July. Indeed, Bush hasn’t exceeded 36 percent approval since November 2006.

Somebody Owes Me A Pony

Gallup:

PRINCETON, NJ — President George W. Bush’s job approval rating has dropped to 28%, the lowest of his administration. Bush’s approval is lower than that of any president since World War II, with the exceptions of Jimmy Carter (who had a low point of 28% in 1979), and Richard Nixon and Harry Truman, who suffered ratings in the low- to mid-20% range in the last years of their administrations.

Pony Up!

Chimpy ties his all-time low job approval rating in the newHarris poll.

Three-quarters (75%) of Americans currently think things in the country are on the wrong track while just 15 percent say things are going in the right direction.

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Just one-quarter (26%) of Americans give President Bush positive ratings on his job while just under three-quarters (72%) give him negative ratings. This is down from February when 28 percent gave him positive marks and 69 percent have him negative ones. This current rating also ties his lowest ever positive rating which was first reached in July of 2007.

Peak Pony!

Pew:

Bush’s job approval rating has slipped to 28%, the lowest of his presidency. In addition, just 22% express satisfaction with the way things are going in the country. This, too, is about as negative an evaluation of the course of the nation as measured in nearly 20 years of Pew surveys.

Surge!

Chimpy’s job approval rating surgesin thenew ARG poll, up from his all-time low of 19%.

Increased approval among Republicans has moved George W. Bush’s overall job approval to 24% according to the latest survey from the American Research Group. Those disapproving of the way Bush is handling his job and the economy remain at or near record highs for American Research Group polling during Bush’s tenure in office as 86% of Americans say the national economy is getting worse and 66% say the national economy is in a recession.

Among all Americans, 24% approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 75% disapprove. When it comes to Bush’s handling of the economy, 18% approve and 80% disapprove.

More Good News For Republikkkans

Pew Poll:

The balance of party identification in the American electorate now favors the Democratic Party by a decidedly larger margin than in either of the two previous presidential election cycles.

In 5,566 interviews with registered voters conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press during the first two months of 2008, 36% identify themselves as Democrats, and just 27% as Republicans.

The share of voters who call themselves Republicans has declined by six points since 2004, and represents, on an annualized basis, the lowest percentage of self-identified Republican voters in 16 years of polling by the Center.

The Democratic Party has also built a substantial edge among independent voters. Of the 37% who claim no party identification, 15% lean Democratic, 10% lean Republican, and 12% have no leaning either way.

By comparison, in 2004 about equal numbers of independents leaned toward both parties. When “leaners” are combined with partisans, however, the Democratic Party now holds a 14-point advantage among voters nationwide (51% Dem/lean-Dem to 37% Rep/lean-Rep), up from a three-point advantage four years ago.

Fox Ponies!

Oh, my.

With far more Americans identifying themselves as Democrats than Republicans, President Bush’s job rating has hit a new low, according to the latest FOX News poll.

Three in 10 Americans (30 percent) now approve of the job Bush is doing as the nation’s leader, with 6 in 10 disapproving.

While disapproval of the president has been higher (for example, 61 percent in both July and March of 2007), his approval rating has never sunk this low before.

Majorities in every major sub-group except Republicans, conservatives and born-again Christians give a negative rating to Bush’s performance in the White House. Nearly two-thirds of Republicans (65 percent) approve of Bush.

This bad news for Bush comes at a time when the gap between those identifying themselves as Democrats and those identifying as Republicans has reached 13 percentage points (43 percent versus 30 percent), which is the largest difference ever measured in a FOX News poll.

Ponies for Holden!

I just returned from a weeks vacation in New Orleans and have brought back the bestest present of Ponies for Holden. And they come just in time as I see Chimpy has hit a new low forCNN polling–31%.

So without further adieu…

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And Holden you have the enthusiastic permission to re-post this photo from the lovely owner of these lovely ponies.