Tuesday, April 26, 2005

The Bush "Mandate" : A Reality Check

Bush: Job Ratings

Let's ignore the right-wing spin machine for a few minutes and look at some new polling data regarding the way people see the political situation in the US right now.

By a margin of 50%-47%, Americans disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as President. By a margin of 56%-42%, Americans disapprove of the way the President is handling the situation in Iraq. By a margin of 54%-35%, Americans disapprove of the way he is handling energy policy, and when asked who is to blame for the recent rise in oil prices (choices: other oil-producing countries, U.S. oil companies, or the Bush Administration), 31% blamed the Bush administration, compared with 26% who blamed other oil producing countries and 23% who blamed US oil companies.

When asked to rate the economic conditions in the US today, 68% rated it as only fair or poor, as opposed to 31% who rated it excellent or good. By a margin of 61%-31%, Americans believe the economic situation is getting worse.

By a margin of 64%-31%, Americans disapprove of the way that Bush is handling Social Security and 51% oppose a plan in which people who chose to could invest some of their Social Security contributions in the stock market. By a margin of 50%-32%, Americans put more trust in Congressional Democrats than in Bush for handling Social Security.

By a margin of 48%-36%, Americans believe that Senate Democrats are right to block 10 of Bush's judicial nominations, and 66% oppose changing Senate rules to make it easier for the Republicans to confirm Bush's judicial nominees. 26% of Americans see Federal judges as "too liberal" compared with 18% who see them as "too conservative." 52% see them as "about right."

Mandate? I think not.

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