posted by June 21 at 11:35 AMon
President Bush’s approval rating is now 26%, according to the latest Newsweek poll. That’s below Carter’s low, and just 3% above Harry Truman’s lowest rating during the Korean War.
When you dig into the poll, it gets even uglier:
Bush scores record or near record lows on every major issue: from the economy (34 percent approve, 60 percent disapprove) to health care (28 percent approve, 61 percent disapprove) to immigration (23 percent approve, 63 percent disapprove). And—in the worst news, perhaps, for the crowded field of Republicans hoping to succeed Bush in 2008—50 percent of Americans disapprove of the president’s handling of terrorism and homeland security. Only 43 percent approve, on an issue that has been the GOP’s trump card in national elections since 9/11.
And the news ain’t pretty for the Democrats in Congress, either. Their approval rating: 25%.