(CNN) -- Beset with an unpopular war and an American public increasingly less trusting, President Bush faces the lowest approval rating of his presidency, according to a national poll released Monday.
Bush also received his all-time worst marks in three other categories in the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll. The categories were terrorism, Bush's trustworthiness and whether the Iraq war was worthwhile.
Bush's 37 percent overall approval rating was two percentage points below his ranking in an October survey. Both polls had a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points…
Once you're mired in the dismal thirties, it's really time to start talking about Bush's Disapproval Ratings. As in: Bush Disapproval Mark At All-Time High. Or: Bush Disapproval Ratings Remain Constant. I mean, you really have to be approved of to have "approval ratings".
The White House has said it doesn't pay attention to poll numbers and the figures do not affect policy.
Really? Is that why every time Bush's Disapproval Ratings hit a new all time high he gives a "major policy speech" on Iraq? Is that why, following the outpouring of public disapproval at Bush's callous disregard for the Katrina disaster, every time there's a measurable amount of rainfall anywhere in the country Bush jets into the state with an entourage of guys in dark sunglasses with their sleeves rolled up to their elbows, signifying they are ready to go to work!
"We have a proud record of accomplishment and a positive agenda for the future," White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters Wednesday. "We look forward to continuing to talk about it. I mean, you can get caught up in polls; we don't. Polls are snapshots in time."
Yes, you can get caught up in polls. But the White House doesn't! This is a White House with conviction! Just ask Supreme Court Justice Harriet Miers how little this White House pays attention to silly old polls!
And even though it's horseshit, it's funny that the leader of a democracy, who's entire authority derives from a poll, says he doesn't care much about polls. Certainly, the Bush people didn't care too much about polls in 2000, when they lost the presidential election but decided to move into the White House anyway.
But if they still don't care about polls, after conducting the nastiest, most negative "re-election" campaign in the history of our country, what the fuck are you people still doing in Washington? Go home. If you don't care about polls, if you don't pay attention to polls, what on earth makes you think you should be running the executive branch??? The will of God?
But, of course, like nearly everything out of the White House these days, "we don't pay attention to polls" is just horseshit. It's an embarrassingly pathetic thing to say. After all, when Bush scraped his way back into the White House with the slimmest majority in modern American politics, what did he say about polls?
“I earned capital in the campaign — political capital — and now I intend to spend it,” he said at a news conference 24 hours after securing his second term with 51 percent of the popular vote — a contrast to 2000, when he lost the popular vote but won the Electoral College.
“When you win, there is a feeling that the people have spoken and embraced your point of view, and that’s what I intend to tell the Congress,” he said.
Yep. When a paltry 51 percent support Bush, the people have spoken. When over 60 percent disapprove of Bush, well, who pays attention to polls?
About 50 percent of people polled said they disliked Bush, with 6 percent claiming to hate the president.
I only include this paragraph because I think it's funny that they polled my family.
But this, I include, as concession to Republicans who are so oppressed by our "liberal media"
Bush's overall approval mark matched the 37 percent rating of newly elected President Clinton in June 1993.
Get that? Appropos of nothing, Bush's disapproval rating is matched by Clinton! So, you know, he's no worse than Bill Clinton!
Course, in November of 1997, the first November of Bill Clinton's second term, Clinton's approval rating was 58%. When Clinton left the White House, his approval rating was about 64%. See, he actually got better at doing his job, the longer he did it.
Clinton didn't go from a 98% approval rating to 37%, signifying a man getting stupider and more incompetent the longer he stays in Washington.
When asked in the new poll if they trust Bush more than they had Clinton, 48 percent of respondents said they trusted Bush less, while 36 percent said they trusted him more and 15 percent said they trusted Bush the same as Clinton.
How obviously dishonest is Bush?
Bill Clinton got on television and admitted he lied. Bill Clinton said, "Hey, if you doubt my total honesty, you're right. I lied about getting blown. I should have admitted it. It was wrong not to. But, frankly, people expect the president to have a hotter girlfriend. I was embarrassed."
Bush has never admitted he's lied. About anything. He still insists he's a straight shooter, who means what he says and says what he means.
Clinton admitted lying. Republicans tried to impeach Clinton for lying. But Bush? Bush has always denied lying. About anything. And more Americans still think Bush is a bigger liar than Clinton. How fucking funny is that? Less Americans trust Bush than a guy admittedly caught in a lie!
Your liberal media, of course, shies away from that hilarity. But there are some things even they can't put into "perspective":
In the poll, 56 percent of registered voters said they would be likely to vote against a local candidate supported by Bush, while 34 percent said the opposite.
Only 9 percent said their first choice in next year's elections would be a Republican who supports Bush on almost every major issue.
Forty-six percent said the country would be better off if Congress were controlled by Democrats, while 34 percent backed a GOP majority.
Thirty years it took Republicans to build a permanent Republican majority. Bush wrecked it in five.
Though, to be fair, the Thousand Year Reich didn't last all that long, either.