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Old 05-31-2007, 01:17 PM   #46
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you know what's all the more remarkable about Bush's dismal approval ratings?

it's not that he's been so low for so long, or that his "strongly disapprove" nubers are through the roof, or that he has no support from Independents.

but it's that the American economy has been humming along for the past 4 years. unemployment is very low. sure, gas is a little high, but no one directly blames the president for that.

and he's still at 28%. hard to do.

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Old 06-07-2007, 02:12 PM   #47
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WASHINGTON — Public approval of the job President Bush is doing now matches its all-time low, an AP-Ipsos poll says.

The survey, released Thursday, reflects widespread discontent over how Bush is handling the war in Iraq, efforts against terrorism and domestic issues. It also underscores challenges Republican presidential and congressional candidates will confront next year when they face voters who seem to be clamoring for change.

Only 32 percent said they were satisfied with how Bush is handling his job overall, the same low point AP-Ipsos polling measured last January and a drop of 3 percentage points since May.

Bush still wins approval from seven in 10 Republicans, though that is near his historic low for GOP support of 67 percent in January. Only a quarter of those initially identifying themselves as independents expressed satisfaction with the president, about equaling his low with them reached in February. Eight percent of Democrats gave him their approval.

On issue after issue, approval of Bush's efforts matched previous all-time lows in the survey.

Twenty-eight percent were satisfied with his handling of the war in Iraq, down 5 percentage points in a month. Two in three Republicans said they approved.

Only a third overall approved of how Bush is handling domestic issues like health care, with the same proportion expressing satisfaction with his job on foreign policy and the war on terror. And 37 percent said they approved of his handling of the economy. Support in all categories dropped slightly since May.

In another indication of the public's bleak mood, only 21 percent said they believe things in the U.S. are heading in the right direction, the worst mark since the AP-Ipsos poll began in December 2003.

Women, older people, and those with low incomes were especially discontent. Only three in 10 conservatives and similar numbers of white evangelicals _ usually strong GOP supporters _ expressed satisfaction with the country's direction.

The poll involved telephone interviews with 1,000 randomly chosen adults from June 4 to 6. It had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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His approval rating has been down for a long time now. And still the country RE-elects the dimwit. Go figure
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Old 06-09-2007, 08:39 AM   #49
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He's popular in Albania

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June 9, 2007
For One Visit, Bush Will Feel Pro-U.S. Glow

TIRANA, Albania, June 8 — The highlight of President Bush’s European tour may well be his visit on Sunday to this tiny country, one of the few places left where he can bask in unabashed pro-American sentiment without a protester in sight.

Americans here are greeted with a refreshing adoration that feels as though it comes from another time.

“Albania is for sure the most pro-American country in Europe, maybe even in the world,” said Edi Rama, Tirana’s mayor and leader of the opposition Socialists. “Nowhere else can you find such respect and hospitality for the president of the United States. Even in Michigan, he wouldn’t be as welcome.”

Thousands of young Albanians have been named Bill or Hillary thanks to the Clinton administration’s role in rescuing ethnic Albanians from the Kosovo war. After the visit on Sunday, some people expect to see a rash of babies named George.

So eager is the country to accommodate Mr. Bush that Parliament unanimously approved a bill last month allowing “American forces to engage in any kind of operation, including the use of force, in order to provide security for the president.” One newspaper, reporting on the effusive mood, published a headline that read, “Please Occupy Us!”

There are, to be sure, signs that the rest of Europe is tilting a bit more in America’s direction, narrowing the gap between “old” and “new” Europe that opened with disagreements over the Iraq war.

France’s new president, Nicolas Sarkozy, wants to forget the acrimony that marked his predecessor’s relations with the United States, even appointing a pro-American foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, who supported the United States’ invasion of Iraq.

Shortly after taking office, Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that Germany did “not have as many values in common with Russia as it does with America.” She has since proposed a new trans-Atlantic economic partnership that would get rid of many non-tariff barriers to trade.

And Gordon Brown, who will succeed Tony Blair as Britain’s prime minister this month, has vacationed several times on Cape Cod and befriended a succession of Treasury officials. He is expected to maintain what Britons call the country’s “special relationship” with the United States, ahead of other American allies.

So “old Europe” has warmed toward the United States, although there has been no fundamental shift toward more American-friendly policies. But even in “new Europe,” as the post-Communist states of Central and Eastern Europe have been called, Albania is special.

Much of Eastern Europe has grown more critical of Mr. Bush, worried that the antimissile defense shield he is pushing will antagonize Russia and lead to another cold war. Many Eastern Europeans, Czechs and Poles among them, are also angry that the United States has maintained cumbersome visa requirements even though their countries are now members of the European Union.

But here in Albania, which has not wavered in its unblinking support for American policies since the end of the cold war, Mr. Bush can do no wrong. While much of the world berates Mr. Bush for warmongering, unilateralism, trampling civil liberties and even turning a blind eye to torture, Albania still loves him without restraint.

Mr. Bush will be the first sitting American president to visit the country, and his arrival could not come on a more auspicious day: the eighth anniversary of the start of Serbian troop withdrawals from Kosovo and ratification by the United Nations Security Council of the American-brokered peace accord that ended the fighting. Mr. Bush is pushing the Security Council to approve a plan that would lead to qualified Kosovo independence.

Albanians are pouring into the capital from across the region. Hotel rooms are as scarce as anti-American feelings.

Albanians’ support for the war in Iraq is nearly unanimous, and any perceived failings of American foreign policy are studiously ignored. A two-day effort to find anyone of prominence who might offer some criticism of the United States turned up just one name, and that person was out of the country.

Every school child in Albania can tell you that President Woodrow Wilson saved Albania from being split up among its neighbors after World War I, and nearly every adult repeats the story when asked why Albanians are so infatuated with the United States.

James A. Baker III was mobbed when he visited the country as secretary of state in 1991. There was even a move to hold a referendum declaring the country America’s 51st state around that time.

“The excitement among Albanians over this visit is immeasurable, beyond words,” said Albania’s new foreign minister, Lulzim Basha, during an interview in his office, decorated with an elegant portrait of Faik Konica, who became the first Albanian ambassador to the United States in 1926. “We truly believe that this is a historic moment that people will look back on decades later and talk about what it meant for the country.”

Mr. Bush’s visit is a reward for Albania’s unflinching performance as an unquestioning ally. The country was among the first American allies to support Washington’s refusal to submit to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. It was one of the first countries to send troops to Afghanistan and one of the first to join the forces in Iraq. It has soldiers in both places.

“They will continue to be deployed as long as the Americans are there,” Albania’s president, Alfred Moisiu, said proudly in an interview.

Most recently, the country has quietly taken several former detainees from the base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, off the Bush administration’s hands when sending them to their home countries was out of the question. There are eight so far, and Mr. Moisiu said he is open to accepting more.

Mr. Rama, Tirana’s mayor, says he is offended when Albania’s pro-Americanism is cast as an expression of “provincial submission.”

“It’s not about being blind,” he said, wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with the Great Seal of the United States. “The U.S. is something that is really crucial for the destiny of the world.”

The pro-American feeling has strayed into government-commercial relations. The Albanian government has hired former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge as a consultant on a range of issues, including the implementation of a national identity card.

Many people questioned the procedures under which a joint venture led by Bechtel won Albania’s largest public spending project ever, a contract to build a highway linking Albania and Kosovo. President Moisiu said state prosecutors were now looking at the deal.

In preparation for Mr. Bush’s six-hour visit, Tirana has been draped in American flags and banners that proclaim, “Proud to be Partners.” A portrait of Mr. Bush hangs on the “Pyramid,” a cultural center in the middle of town that was built as a monument to Albania’s Communist strongman, Enver Hoxha. State television is repeatedly playing a slickly produced spot in which Prime Minister Sali Berisha welcomes Mr. Bush in English.

What Mr. Bush will get in return from the visit is the sight of cheering crowds in a predominantly Muslim nation. When asked by an Albanian reporter before leaving Washington what came to mind when he thought of Albania, Mr. Bush replied, “Muslim people who can live at peace.”

Albania is about 70 percent Muslim, with large Orthodox and Catholic populations. To underscore the country’s history of tolerance, President Moisiu will present Mr. Bush with the reproduction of an 18th-century Orthodox icon depicting the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus flanked by two mosques.

“President Bush is safer in Albania than in America,” said Ermin Gjinishti, a Muslim leader in Albania.
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“President Bush is safer in Albania than in America,” said Ermin Gjinishti, a Muslim leader in Albania.

Hey, maybe we can get them to keep him!
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It appears that Albania's rather unique love of Bush has less to do with Bush and more to do with its love of everything American.
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Originally posted by indra
“President Bush is safer in Albania than in America,” said Ermin Gjinishti, a Muslim leader in Albania.

Hey, maybe we can get them to keep him!
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Old 06-09-2007, 02:15 PM   #53
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To defend the man, the approval rating of Congress is only a few points better than Bush's, so it isnt just a dislike of the President. The American people are sick of all politics and all politicians right now.
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Old 06-09-2007, 02:26 PM   #54
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how does that compare to previous Presidents at this stage in their presidency?

Clinton vs. Congress
January 31 1999

Comparing Clinton with Congress, Congress is far less popular than the president. While Clinton has an overall 67% job approval rating, Congress receives a 46% job approval rating and the same 46% disapproval rating. This is a decline from the Times poll taken in September '98 when 53% of respondents gave Congress a positive job rating and 37% gave Congress a negative rating. Among those following the Senate trial closely, 51% gave Congress a negative job rating, conversely those who are not following the trial, 51% gave Congress a positive job rating. Conservatives and Republicans approve of Congress handling its job (52%, 63% respectively), while Democrats and liberals disapprove (58%, 60% respectively). Moderates and independents were split whether they approve or disapprove of Congress's job performance.
The GOP in Congress had a slightly more unfavorable impression than favorable (41%-38%), while the Democrats in Congress had a more favorable impression (49%-34%). If respondents followed the trial closely, they were divided over their impression of the Republicans, 44% favorable and 45% unfavorable, compared to the Democrats who were seen as more favorable˜53%-39%.
It seems like Clinton is moving the agenda along and the public is responding to it. A question getting at this was asked of respondents: "What do you think should be the most important issue addressed by President Clinton and Congress this year." More than a quarter of the mentions were Social Security, followed by education, 14%, and the economy, 10%.

Poll Analysis: Clinton gets high marks for doing his job,
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They even have him on their stamps. I think he has found the spot for his retirement/library.

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Old 06-11-2007, 09:18 AM   #56
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This just cracks me up for some reason, perhaps it's the inevitable comparisons.

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His approval rating has been down for a long time now. And still the country RE-elects the dimwit. Go figure
Well, he DID run unopposed...........
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Old 06-11-2007, 07:35 PM   #59
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The thing that bothers me is the people who still support him, and there are alot of people who do where I leave. You can't have an intelligent political conversation with any of them. They all roll there eyes or get pissed off when someone dissaproves of Bush, and pump their fist in the air whenever someone praises him.

I have yet to hear a republican come up with a good reason for supporting the war by they way...
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If you want to meet the few republicans who are still gung ho for Bush come to my neighborhood

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