by D. Cupples | According to a CNN poll, President George Bush's approval rating are at 31%, which is 40 points lower then when he led our nation into the Iraq war five years ago. It's a new low compared to other CNN polls.
Different polls tend to render different results. Last month, according to American Research Group polls, the President's approval ratings were at an all time low (19%) compared to all presidents since modern polling began. CNN reports:
"Sixty-seven percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey disapprove of the president's performance.
"The 31 percent approval number is a new low for Bush in CNN polling and is 40 points lower than the president's number at the start of the Iraq war....
"'Bush's approval rating five years ago, at the start of the Iraq war, was 71 percent, and that 40-point drop is almost identical to the drop President Lyndon Johnson faced during the Vietnam War,' CNN polling director Keating Holland said.
"'Johnson's approval rating was 74 percent just before Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution in 1964, which effectively authorized the Vietnam War. Four years later, his approval was down to 35 percent, a 39-point drop that is statistically identical to what Bush has faced so far over the length of the Iraq war,' he said....
"During a speech at the Pentagon Wednesday, the president called the debate over Iraq 'understandable' but insisted that a continued U.S. presence in the region was crucial.
"'Defeating this enemy in Iraq will make it less likely we will face this enemy here at home,' he said." (CNN)
Notice that President Bush is still using that simplistic, comic-book-ish, warn out argument he was using a few years ago about fighting the enemy at home.
In May 2007, James Jay Carafano, counter-terrorism expert from the hyper-conservative Heritage Foundation, assessed Bush's sound byte about fighting terrorists in Iraq or they'll follow us home this way:
“The president is using a primitive, inarticulate argument that leaves him open to criticism and caricature."
I couldn't have said it better. Memeorandum has commentary.
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