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Bloomberg: At 28%, Bush Poll Ratings Before Speech Fall to Nixon's Level

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    Bush Poll Ratings Before Speech Fall to Nixon s Level By Nadine Elsibai http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=a.aveoiqdgBU Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) --
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 22, 2007
      Bush Poll Ratings Before Speech Fall to Nixon's Level
      By Nadine Elsibai

      Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) -- President George W. Bush's approval ratings are
      now the lowest for any president the day before a State of the Union
      speech since Richard Nixon in 1974, according to a Washington Post-ABC
      News poll.

      Sixty-five percent of those surveyed said they disapprove of how Bush
      is handling his job as president while 33 percent approve. The rating
      matches Bush's career low in a May 2006 poll.

      Seventy-one percent of Americans said the country is on the wrong
      track, up from 46 percent in an April 2003 poll, the month after the
      U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. A majority of those polled this month don't
      approve of how Bush is handling the Iraq war, terrorism or the economy.

      Bush, who addresses the nation before a joint session of Congress
      tomorrow, will face many members of his own party who blame him for
      Republicans' losing majority control of the House and Senate in the
      November 2006 midterm elections.

      White House spokesman Tony Snow said Bush's State of the Union speech
      will focus on issues including the Iraq war, energy independence,
      health-care, immigration and education.

      Bush also received career-low approval ratings in a new CNN poll.
      Sixty-three percent of those surveyed said they disapprove of how Bush
      has handled his presidency and 34 percent said they approve. Sixty
      percent disapproved and 38 percent approved of Bush's performance in a
      March 2006 CNN poll.

      CBS, NBC Polls

      Bush reached an all-time low 28 percent approval rating in a CBS poll
      released today. Sixty-six percent of those surveyed in the CBS poll
      said they opposed Bush's sending 20,000 additional troops to Iraq, and
      75 percent said the war there is going badly. Fifty percent said
      Congress shouldn't provide money for the 20,000 additional troops.

      The CBS poll surveyed 1,168 adults nationwide by telephone from Jan.
      18 to 21. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus three
      percentage points.

      Almost two-thirds of people in the U.S. don't support a troop increase
      in Iraq if Congress passes a resolution opposing it, and don't believe
      the war can succeed, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal
      poll. Investigators questioned 1,007 adults from Jan. 17 to Jan. 20,
      and the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

      Giuliani, Clinton

      Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani led among Republicans and New
      York Senator Hillary Clinton paced Democrats in a CNN poll on
      potential 2008 presidential candidates.

      Giuliani received support from 32 percent of Republicans surveyed;
      Arizona Senator John McCain followed with 26 percent; and former House
      Speaker Newt Gingrich was third at 9 percent.

      Giuliani and McCain have both formed presidential exploratory
      committees. Gingrich has yet to say whether he will seek the party's
      nomination for president.

      Support for Clinton dropped to 34 percent from 37 percent a month
      earlier, the poll found. Illinois Senator Barack Obama followed with
      18 percent, up 3 percentage points from a December 2006 poll. Former
      North Carolina Senator John Edwards was third at 15 percent.

      Clinton, Obama and Edwards have each filed papers allowing them to
      raise and spend money through a presidential exploratory committee.

      Of the 1,008 adults in the CNN poll, 365 were asked about the
      Republican nomination and 467 were asked about the Democratic
      candidates. The margin of error for Republicans was plus or minus 5
      percentage points, and plus or minus 4.5 percentage points for Democrats.

      The Washington Post-ABC News telephone poll of 1,000 adults nationwide
      was conducted Jan. 16-19. Opinion Research Corporation conducted the
      CNN telephone poll of 1,008 Americans Jan. 19-21. Both surveys had a 3
      percentage point margin of error overall.

      To contact the reporter on this story: Nadine Elsibai in Washington at
      nelsibai@... .
      Last Updated: January 22, 2007 19:13 EST
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