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October 03, 2003

Public Slams Bush on Economy

In the new NYT/CBS Poll, the plunge in approval for Bush on the economy is astounding. (You'll have to go to the linked full poll results).

Only 37% approve of Bush on the economy

Forget the headline on overall approval of Bush (down to 51%)-- I've always said that approval on the economy is the key to election. And Bush is registering numbers in the depths it's hard to remember. Some conservatives are trying to comfort themselves by noting that Clinton had lower overall approval ratings as Bush at this point in 1995-- but his approval on the economy was never this low.

And 60% think Bush's policies favor the rich, only 10% believe they favor the middle class.

And here's the kicker killer question for Bush:

62. Do you think the policies of the Bush Administration have increased the number of jobs in the United States, decreased the number of jobs, or have the policies of the Bush Administration not affected the number of jobs in the U.S.?

Increased 12
Decreased 51
No effect 29
DK/NA 9

Over half the country thinks Bush is responsible for all the lost jobs in the economy.

He's toast. Butter him.

p.s. Just to add a little extra pain, 35% think his policies have increased the costs of prescription drugs (only 5% think he's helped).

p.p.s. And 68% think the United Nations should have the lead in setting up the government in Iraq; only 26% think the US should do it.

p.p.p.s. And 39% still don't think Bush legitimately won the 2000 election.

Posted by Nathan at October 3, 2003 12:11 AM