Bush approval drops to low of 29%
Opposition to the Iraq war has reached a record high, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, a development likely to complicate President Bush's efforts to hold together Republican support as the Senate begins debate this week on Pentagon priorities.This combined with the revelation that the Iraqi government will miss all of it's targets:
Bush's approval rating has reached a new low: 29%.
In the survey, taken Friday through Sunday, one in five Americans say the increase in U.S. forces in Iraq since January has made the situation there better. Half say it hasn't made a difference.
More than seven in 10 favor removing nearly all U.S. troops from Iraq by April.
A progress report on Iraq will conclude that the U.S.-backed government in Baghdad has not met any of its targets for political, economic and other reform, speeding up the Bush administration's reckoning on what to do next, a U.S. official said Monday.I'm not sure that will force the Bush administration make any changes but it should certainly get the Republican lawmakers looking for a way out.
"It makes it much harder for him to hold any Republican in the House or Senate," says Dean Lacy of Dartmouth College, who studies public opinion. "They have to run for re-election. They realize now that Bush can't help them at all; he may hurt them."And it's not just Iraq.
•Two-thirds say Bush shouldn't have intervened in the case of former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who was sentenced to 2½ years in prison for perjury and obstruction of justice in the investigation of who leaked a CIA operative's identity. Bush voided Libby's prison sentence but let his conviction stand.Now the tribe/cult thing has worked really well for the Republicans the last decade but are they going to recognize that the cult leader is going to take the entire tribe off a cliff before it's too late. Now I firmly believe in a two party system and perhaps what the Republican Party needs is a humiliating defeat in 2008 that will indeed send all the kool-aid drinking cultists over that cliff with GWB and Cheney so the adults can regroup and rebuild the party.
•Six in 10 say the economy is worse than it was five years ago, and the same number predict that economic conditions are getting worse.