Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

July 19, 2003

by V

Zogby's headline

Bush Job Performance Slips to 53% Positive, 46% Negative; More Voters (47%) Say It's Time for Someone New Than Say He Deserves Re-election; Two-in-Three Say it Makes No Difference if WMDs Are Never Found, According to Newest Zogby America Poll

Bush's positives and negatives are finally on their way back to their pre-9/11 totals (worst showing: 50 vs. 49 on 27 August 2001).

For this I credit the fact that there are again people in the news every day making a case against his policies (i.e. the 9 Democrats + Pelosi). There was nothing but happy-talk for a very long time after 9/11.

Also, there's the fact that the Bush admin has demonstrated a serious lack of planning in post-war Iraq. Combined, the citizenry is re-evaluating how right he is for the job. Thank you, citizenry.

What has been propping up the President in the past few months is his personal favorability rating. To me, what is most ominous is this alone has slipped 9 points in the past month. If he cannot count on a large majority of Americans to like him personally, this could spell doom for his re-election hopes because he has little support for his overall performance and how he is rated on the issues.

Posted by V at July 19, 2003 09:32 AM

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