Pres. Bush’s Low Approval Sets Record,
Congress Enjoys its Own Failure
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24 November 2007:
Comedian Jay Leno never wrote the spam e-mail titled "hits the nail on the head" that many have received. The content of the letter was been widely circulated in the past nine months by those who are seeking to boost sentiment of voters during President George W Bush’s final few months in office. President Bush is set to break President Richard Nixon’s low approval rating record at the end of November 2007. It is doubtful at this time that President Bush will break the all-time record low average set by President Harry Truman.
The so-called Leno letter attempts to draw contrast between poor (or unhappy) consumer sentiment and a semi-democratic system in place across the United States.
It states: What are we so unhappy about? "Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day...air conditioning in summer...95.4 percent employment...and...more food in a single grocery store than Darfur has seen in the last year?"
Pre-Internet, it was difficult to play-up such a rumor. He said/she said circulated in the National Enquirer before 1995, but now myths and lies are taken as simply true because they find their way past the spam filter.
But for the most part, voters in the United States are not unhappy about their personal lives, they are disenfranchised and disengaged with Washington DC.
Voters are clearly unhappy with President Bush as only 1 in 3 approve of how he handles his job.
Congress fails completely with only 1 in 5 voters approving their performance (or lack of it as they say.) The reasons are simple for low approval ratings: No leadership from Washington DC at all; politicians practice self-service, and in the eyes of voters do-nothing politicians should all be voted out of office. But voters won't have their chance as this democracy is not set up to accommodate change…more reason to be unhappy.
Voters believe there is a strong likelihood that gasoline (average) will reach $4 per gallon in the next few months, but their salaries have not increased in years; and despite the real estate collapse the average price of a home is still three times the median household income which is out of reach for 96 percent of those who would like to own.
Nearly 8 in 10 believe the United States is on the wrong track --led by President Bush—and instead of dealing with issues at home the nation is focused upon issues outside its borders with no return for investment. Surprisingly, 60 percent of Republicans felt this way when the poll was conducted in early November, just about all the Democrats felt disgruntled with the nation's so-called leaders according to the poll taken by Associated Press and Yahoo! Inc.
Polls by FOX News, ABC, Newsweek, and CNN point to a solid 32 percent approval rating for President Bush, which has held steady all year, and a 20 percent rating for Congress before these politicians award themselves with a six-week paid Christmas holiday. (Poor babies.)
According to the Associated Press pool, those who are most unhappy with the direction of the United States are most likely to vote during the presidential election in 2008. And those voters, at least what they say one year before the election, are likely to vote Democrat. In the past, Republicans have counted upon Democrats staying home from the polls to win the White House and seats in Congress.
What most voters say is important to them is not important to President Bush or Congress, which include hot button topics of immigration reform, health care, lack of economic opportunity for middle class, and a failed public education system.
No trend in the polling could pin-down what exactly the president and Congress collectively view as national priorities.
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