CBS News | Poll: Bush Ratings At All-Time Low | February 27, 2006 22:05:25: "The latest CBS News poll finds President Bush's approval rating has fallen to an all-time low of 34 percent,"
A Real Hurricane gathers strength as it crosses the warm surface water of Gulf; a political storm gathers strength from the fundamental unpopularity of key figures. President Bush, easily the worst President since Warren G. Harding, and perhaps in the same league as Buchanan and Pierce (an ancestor, on his mother's side, incidentally).
The real significance of Bush moving below the (roughly) 40% level is that he is losing the support of Republicans. Up until now, Bush has had the support of 85-90% of Republicans. That support has weakened in depth and fervor, but never, until now, in numbers. At one time 90% of Republicans supported Bush fervently; up until January or so, 90% of Republicans supported Bush, though maybe not so fervently.
Now, the erosion of numbers among Republicans has begun. The difference between 40% and 34% represents the loss of about 10-15% of Republicans; Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents have despised Bush for a while now -- all of the change has come among Republicans, and it has come in the last month. Bush has lost 10+% of Republicans in one month!