Bush: Job Ratings
Another reality check on the state of the "mandate."
An ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that 52% of Americans disapprove of the way Bush is handling his job as President. For the first time in his presidency, more than half (51%) said they had an "unfavorable" view of the president.
61% say Bush and Republican leaders in Congress are not "making good progress on solving the nation's problems," and 67% blame Bush and the Republicans for the failure to make progress. 13% blame Democrats.
By a margin of 55% to 43%, more Americans see Bush as a divider rather than a uniter.
58% disapprove of Bush's handling of the war in Iraq, and the same proportion say the war was "not worth fighting." 73% say the number of US casualties in Iraq is "unacceptable." 65% believe the US is "bogged down" in Iraq, and the same percentage believe the Bush administration has "no clear plan" to withdraw US troops.
52% believe the Iraq war has not made the world safer from the threat of terrorism.