For the most part heading into May 2007, six in 10 do not approve of how President George W Bush is handling his job. Republican voters however maintain strong support for the president. In the most recent poll by CBS and The New York Times, 76 percent of Republican voters approve of how President Bush is handling his job and 11 percent of Democrats approve. Overall, 32 percent approve, 61 percent disapprove, and 7 percent are not sure. The quagmire for President Bush is the situation in Iraq, where only 58 percent of Republicans approve of the president's handling of Iraq, whereas nearly seven in 10 disapprove of how the president is dealing with Iraq.
The high rate of disapproval for President Bush started in October 2005 at which time the president's approval rating dropped below 40 percent for the first time and has since maintained a range of approval between 28 percent and 42 percent. The Harris poll gave President Bush his second lowest rating to date on 23 April 2007 of 70 percent rating fair or poor, and 28 percent saying excellent or pretty good (the lowest rating to date.)
Congress doesn't fair much better. Only 27 percent told Harris that Congress is doing an excellent or pretty good job, while 69 percent said Congress qualifies for only fair or poor performance on 23 April. FOX News gave Congress a 35 percent approval rating -- the highest since April 2004. ABC News gave Congress a 44 percent approval rating, the highest since April 2003.
Voters held to their views that the nation is on the wrong track, despite what President Bush has stated about economic growth and low unemployment. On 23 April, 66 percent said the United States is on the wrong track, up from 58 percent in March. Only 22 percent said the country was on the right track - the lowest rating to date. Polls taken by The Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg News reflected the same trend with 25 percent of voters saying the nation is on the right track, the lowest to date, and 66 percent said it is on the wrong track, the highest to date.
Vice president Richard Cheney found his approval rating at 25 percent, or the lowest to date on 23 April. Nearly 70 percent give Cheney a fair or poor rating by the Harris standard. Even with the strong relationship between FOX News and the White House, only one in three of those voters asked by FOX News support the vice president.
Recent immigration reform measures don't help President Bush's ratings either. Only 14 percent support the president's current plan to allow illegal workers the chance to apply for legal, temp worker status. Fifty-one percent disapprove of the measure. While one in ten want immigrants to leave and not return, 42 percent want illegal immigrants to leave and then return to become citizens. Thirty-six percent felt that illegal immigrants should remain and become citizens according to a USA Today/Gallup Poll on 15 April.
More than half (54 percent) hold the view illegal immigrants harm the nation's economy and 77 percent of voters told The Los Angeles Times that employers who hire illegal immigrants should be punished.
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