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Old 03-21-2006, 07:17 PM   #76
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Oh, my goodness, I can't believe he said that about people out of work. No wonder he has such low approval ratings.
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I can't believe he makes comments like that, even after all these years I am still taken aback


After getting frustrated at the length of the Q&A session of his speech in Cleveland today, Bush blurted out, "Anybody work here in this town?"

Bush inadvertantly hit upon a subject he otherwise ignored - unemployment in Cleveland. Economic conditions in the city have worsened considerably during Bush's presidency. Some facts:

- 5.8 percent: Cleveland unemployment rate, Jan. 2006

- 4.5 percent: Cleveland unemployment rate, Jan. 2001

- 5.3 percent: Ohio unemployment rate, Jan. 2006

- 4.0 percent: Ohio unemployment rate, Jan. 2001


- 31.3 percent: Cleveland poverty rate, 2003

- 24.3 percent: Cleveland poverty rate, 2001
When the unemployment rate goes down nation-wide, yet increases in one municipality, are the municipality's hardships due to national policy, state policy or local policy?
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Old 03-22-2006, 12:21 PM   #78
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When the unemployment rate goes down nation-wide, yet increases in one municipality, are the municipality's hardships due to national policy, state policy or local policy?


or does this merely show ignorance on Mr. Bush's part (certainly something we've come to expect from this particular president)?
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Sunday, March 5, 2006

These must be sobering days for Vice President Cheney as he reflects on recent events from his secret Fortress of Solitude.

Iraq teeters on the brink of civil war. The Bush agenda is in tatters. And one of his friends is recovering from an accidental gunshot wound inflicted by Cheney on a hunting trip. A particularly unfortunate mishap, as we learned last week, because Cheney wounded one of the rarest birds in America: someone who actually likes the vice president.

The latest CBS News poll found that only 18 percent of the public has a favorable view of Cheney. How bad is a rating of 18 percent? According to a quick review of polling archives, it arguably makes Cheney:

· Less popular than singer Michael Jackson , bedmate of little boys and world-class screwball. One in four Americans -- 25 percent -- told Gallup polltakers last June they were still Jackson fans after the onetime King of Pop was found not guilty of child molesting.

· Less popular than former football star O.J. Simpson was after his arrest and trial for murdering his estranged wife and her companion. Three in 10 -- 29 percent -- of all Americans had a favorable view of Simpson in an October, 1995 Gallup poll.

· Less popular with Americans than Joseph Stalin is with Russians. In 2003, fully 20 percent said Stalin, blamed for millions of deaths in the former Soviet Union during the 1930s and 1940s, was a "wise and humane" leader. Thirty-one percent also said they wouldn't object if Uncle Joe came back to rule again, according to surveys conducted by Russian pollsters.

· Much less popular than former Vice President Spiro Agnew in his final days in office. Forty-five percent approved of the job that Agnew was doing as President Richard Nixon's veep in a Gallup Poll conducted in August 1973, little more than a month before Agnew resigned and pleaded no contest to a criminal tax evasion charge arising from a bribery investigation.

· Far less popular than former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey days after he announced in August 2004 that he had engaged in an extramarital affair with a man and would resign. His job approval rating bumped from 43 to 45 percent.

But take heart, Dick. About 35 percent of those interviewed by the CBS poll didn't offer an opinion of you. Perhaps some of your supporters were shy. And other polls released later in the week pegged your popularity considerably higher.

Besides, even at 18 percent you're not the least popular public figure in America. You're slightly better liked than that fabulously blond and brainless party girl Paris Hilton. She was viewed favorably last June by
15 percent of the public, according to Gallup.
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[q]Washington Post-ABC News Poll
The Washington Post
Monday, April 10, 2006
The following Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone April 6-9, 2006 among 1,027 randomly selected adults nationwide. Margin of sampling error for overall results is plus or minus three percentage points. Sampling error is only one of many sources of error in this or any other public opinion poll. Fieldwork by TNS of Horsham, PA.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president? Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?


-------- Approve -------- ------- Disapprove ------ No
NET Strongly Somewhat NET Somewhat Strongly opin.
4/9/06 38 20 18 60 13 47 1



http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv...ion_041006.htm

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before we re-tread the "oh, but other presidents have had approval ratings just as low," let's take a moment to actually examine the numbers so that we understand the present situation.

what's most important is that somewhere in the mid-to-upper 50s disapprove, and more importantly, 47% strongly disapprove. many of us here on FYM and in other places have felt this way about Bush since the beginning, but what we're seeing here is that mainstream American opinion has pretty much come over to our corner, and this is particularly remarkable in light of the relatively strong economy (however unsustainable it might be).

i think it's less that Iraq was the problem, or that Katrina is the problem, but that the massive incompetancy demonstrated by the response to Katrina has unmasked the deep ineffectualness of this president and his administration, so now bad news from Iraq is understood as a product of administration incompetence and mismanagement, as opposed to the "last throes" of the insurgency.

all very interesting.

many more numbers on that website, including a 63% disapproval of Congress.
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I can't help but throw in a Star Wars quote in thinking about the Republican majority in Washington.

"The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers."

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^ yes, and to add to that, "Revenge of the Sith" is really an anti-Bush film, but that suggestion seems to make people mad in here ...

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^ yes, and to add to that, "Revenge of the Sith" is really an anti-Bush film, but that suggestion seems to make people mad in here ...



But it's so obvious!
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Interesting...

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Bush Approval Rating Hits New Low (33%) in Fox News Poll

By E&P Staff

Published: April 20, 2006 4:10 PMET

NEW YORK While some claim Fox News often looks too kindly on President Bush, its latest poll released today showed that the plunge in his popularity cannot be denied. It found his approval rating at 33%--a startling 3% drop in just two weeks and down 6% since mid-March.

Fox attributed the drop to "sinking support among Republicans."

A year ago his approval rating in the Fox poll stood at 47%.

Fox's Dana Blanton noted, "approval among Republicans is below 70% for the first time of Bush’s presidency. Two-thirds (66%) approve of Bush’s job performance today, down almost 20 percentage points from this time last year."

Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld’s job approval rating also hit a record low this week with 35% of Americans saying they approve.

Opinion Dynamics Corp. conducted the national telephone poll of 900 registered voters for Fox News on April 18 and April 19.
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When he's at 33% on the Fox Poll, that is saying something......

He's lost his support from the suits in DC with those numbers.
Republican suits. You can't win an election standing behind policy with that kind of a number. Wow.
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I think Satan has a stronger approval rating than Bush and Cheney
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I think Satan has a stronger approval rating than Bush and Cheney

Saddam, too.
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When he's at 33% on the Fox Poll, that is saying something......

He's lost his support from the suits in DC with those numbers.
Republican suits. You can't win an election standing behind policy with that kind of a number. Wow.
He already won the only poll that was relevant, the 2004 election. You can talk about this weeks poll, next months poll or next year's poll, but he will still be President carrying out his policies. The current polls are entertaining for liberals, but thats about the extent of their significance.
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