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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Dip, dip, dip, Bush's sinking ship

Whie Fearless Leader's approval ratings have been hovering in the mid-30s for quite a while now, the most recent wave of polls is showing a slight drop. While it's often just been a one or two point slip, which I would disregard if it were just in one or two polls, it seems to be constant across the board: the president's numbers are still dropping.

President Bush’s job approval rating slipped this week and stands at a new low of 33 percent approve, down from 36 percent two weeks ago and 39 percent in mid-March. A year ago this time, 47 percent approved and two years ago 50 percent approved (April 2004).

Approval among Republicans is below 70 percent for the first time of Bush’s presidency. Two-thirds (66 percent) approve of Bush’s job performance today, down almost 20 percentage points from this time last year when 84 percent of Republicans approved. Among Democrats, 11 percent approve today, while 14 percent approved last April.

As I've mentioned before, the conventional wisdom seems to be that a president is unlikely to drop below 29%, that number representing what you could call the right-wing blog crowd-- those who will blindly support him no matter what he does. So the significance of sliding slowly down through the thirties means that he's gradually losing every moderate member of his own party.