Bush 35% Approval Average in Most Recent Quarter Lowest to Date
PRINCETON, NJ -- George W. Bush's presidency reaches a milestone of sorts on Thursday as he completes his 25th quarter in office. But his 25th quarter is not one on which he will look back fondly, given that he averaged only a 35% job approval rating, the lowest quarterly average of his presidency to date. His previous low was the 36% he averaged in the quarter spanning April - July 2006. Those are both far cries from the quarterly averages in excess of 70% he received from late 2001 through early 2002.To add insult to injury Bill Clinton's Q25 approval rating was 64.6%. Well maybe this is part the reason:
Rate of U.S. losses in Iraq is highest yet
In the past six months, the rate of Americans killed in Iraq has reached its highest level ever, despite four years of fighting.
BAGHDAD -- Over the past six months, American troops have died in Iraq at the highest rate since the war began, an indication that the conflict is becoming increasingly dangerous for U.S. forces even after more than four years of fighting.It certainly explains why 70% disapprove of Bush's handing of the war in Iraq. It probably also explains why Nancy Pelosi has an approval rate of 53% in spit of her "traitorous" trip to Syria and Harry Reid comes in at 46%. What this all means is that as the Democrats go to meet with George W. Bush on Iraq they do so with a strong hand.
From October 2006 through last month, 532 American soldiers were killed, the most during any six-month period of the war. March also marked the first time that the U.S. military suffered four straight months of 80 or more fatalities. April, with 58 service members killed through Monday, is on pace to be one of the deadliest months of the conflict for American forces.
Senior American military officials attribute much of the increase to the Baghdad security crackdown, now in its third month. But the rate of fatalities was increasing even before a more aggressive strategy began moving U.S. troops from heavily fortified bases into smaller neighborhood outposts throughout the capital, placing them at greater risk of roadside bombings and small-arms attacks.
Digby has another idea. Go read the entire thing but here is a teaser.
Every time they see him [Bush] now people are reminded that they were sold a bill of goods and they resent him and reject what he's saying.