CBS News | Poll: Bush Ratings Hit New Low | October 6, 2005 22:30:04: "This CBS News Poll finds an American public increasingly pessimistic about the economy, the war in Iraq, the overall direction of the country, and the President. Americans' outlook for the economy is the worst it has been in four years. Most expect the price of gas to rise even further in the next few months. . .
"The public's concerns affect their view of the state of the country. 69 percent of Americans say things in the U.S. are pretty seriously off on the wrong track — the highest number since CBS News started asking the question in 1983. Today, just 26 percent say things are going in the right direction. . .
"President Bush's job approval rating has fallen to his lowest rating ever. 37 percent now approve of the job he is doing as president, while 58 percent disapprove. Those in his own party are still overwhelmingly positive about his performance (nearly 80 percent approve), but the president receives little support from either Democrats or Independents. And while views of President Bush have lately not changed much among Republicans or Democrats, his approval rating among Independents has dropped 11 points since just last month, from 40 percent to 29 percent now.
The leading edge of the Perfect Storm has made landfall, I think. It is interesting that Republicans continue to approve of his performance. Kool-Aid, anyone?
When Republicans turn against him, that will be the beginning of the end. Some leading pundits have attacked him over Katrina and now Miers. This will be interesting.