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01-22-2007, 10:08 PM
NBC/WSJ poll: Bush ‘really in the cellar of public opinion’

Mark Murray
Political reporter

WASHINGTON - When President Bush delivers his next-to-last State of the Union address Tuesday night, he will confront this reality, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll: Nearly two-thirds of Americans appear to have given up on success in Iraq and also on his presidency.

In addition, the poll finds that nearly another two-thirds believe he shouldn’t move ahead with his troop increase to Iraq, if Congress passes a non-binding resolution opposing it. And it shows that just two in 10 want Bush taking the lead role in setting policy for the country.

“Essentially, the president is really in the cellar of public opinion,” says Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart, who conducted this poll with Republican Bill McInturff. “As he faces the audience for his State of the Union, he’s going to find a mood dramatically different to the mood that greeted him at his second inaugural.”

McInturff adds that he sees little chance for Bush, in his speech, to win over skeptical Americans on major policies like Iraq. “There is only a limited to modest capacity to change people’s opinions.”

Job approval stays the same — low
In the survey, Bush’s job approval rating stands at 35 percent, which is virtually unchanged from December, when it sank to 34 percent — the lowest mark of his presidency. In the NBC/Journal poll taken right before his second inaugural address, 50 percent said they approved of his job performance.

Perhaps more significant, a whopping 65 percent believe that Bush is facing a longer-term setback from which he’s unlikely to recover. That’s compared with 25 percent who think he’s facing just a short-term setback, and 7 percent who believe he’s facing no setback at all.

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Gayle in MD
01-23-2007, 08:35 AM
More proof that those who don't support Bush, are of both political parties. Republicans can forget about demonizing and politicising the obvious bi-partisan dissent. I guess we can put "cut and run" to bed once and for all, unless the right wants to apply the term to itself. These negative statistics are going to go through the roof in the next four months, IMO, these will look good, after the escalation, ah, that is, ... augmentation according to Rice.

Gayle in Md.