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Bush's Popularity Reaches New Low
58 Percent in Poll Question His Integrity
By Richard Morin and Dan Balz
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, November 4, 2005; Page A01
For the first time in his presidency a majority of Americans question the
integrity of President Bush, and growing doubts about his leadership have
left him with record negative ratings on the economy, Iraq and even the war
on terrorism, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows.
On almost every key measure of presidential character and performance, the
survey found that Bush has never been less popular with the American people.
Currently 39 percent approve of the job he is doing as president, while 60
percent disapprove of his performance in office -- the highest level of
disapproval ever recorded for Bush in Post-ABC polls.
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Virtually the only possible bright spot for Bush in the survey was generally
favorable, if not quite enthusiastic, early reaction to his latest Supreme
Court nominee, Samuel A. Alito Jr. Half of Americans say Alito should be
confirmed by the Senate, and less than a third view him as too conservative,
the poll found.
Overall, the survey underscores how several pillars of Bush's presidency
have begun to crumble under the combined weight of events and White House
mistakes. Bush's approval ratings have been in decline for months, but on
issues of personal trust, honesty and values, Bush has suffered some of his
most notable declines. Moreover, Bush has always retained majority support
on his handling of the U.S. campaign against terrorism -- until now, when 51
percent have registered disapproval.
The CIA leak case has apparently contributed to a withering decline in how
Americans view Bush personally. The survey found that 40 percent now view
him as honest and trustworthy -- a 13 percentage point drop in the past 18
months. Nearly 6 in 10 -- 58 percent -- said they have doubts about Bush's
honesty, the first time in his presidency that more than half the country
has questioned his personal integrity.
The indictment Friday of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's
former chief of staff, in the CIA leak case added to the burden of an
administration already reeling from a failed Supreme Court nomination,
public dissatisfaction with the economy and continued bloodshed in Iraq.
According to the survey, 52 percent say the charges against Libby signal the
presence of deeper ethical wrongdoing in the administration. Half believe
White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, the president's top political
hand, also did something wrong in the case -- about 6 in 10 say Rove should
Beyond the leak case, Americans give the administration low scores on
ethics, according to the survey, with 67 percent rating the administration
negatively on handling ethical matters, while just 32 percent give the
administration positive marks. Four in 10 -- 43 percent -- say the level of
ethics and honesty in the federal government has fallen during Bush's
presidency, while 17 percent say it has risen.
Faced with its cascade of recent setbacks, the White House is hoping the
latest court nomination can rally disaffected conservatives and score the
president a victory akin to the one he enjoyed in the nomination of Chief
Justice John G. Roberts Jr. Alito begins the confirmation process with the
support of 49 percent of the public, while 29 percent say he should not be
confirmed, the poll found. One in 5 Americans -- 22 percent -- did not yet
know enough about him to make a judgment.
The dissatisfaction with Bush flows in part out of broad concerns about the
overall direction of the country. Nearly 7 in 10 -- 68 percent -- believe
the country is seriously off course, while only 30 percent are optimistic,
the lowest level in more than nine years. Only 3 in 10 express high levels
of confidence in Bush, while half say they have little or no confidence in
Just 35 percent of those surveyed rated the economy as either excellent or
good, with 65 percent describing it as not so good or poor. Although the
government reported last week that gross domestic product rose 3.8 percent
in the last quarter, despite the effects of Hurricane Katrina, 29 percent of
those surveyed said they regard the economy as poor, the highest recorded
during Bush's presidency.
Attitudes toward Bush are sharply polarized by party, as they have been
throughout his presidency. Almost 8 in 10 -- 78 percent -- of Republicans
support the president, while just 11 percent of Democrats rate him
positively. Republicans long have been the key to Bush's overall strength,
but Bush has suffered some defections since the beginning of the year, when
91 percent approved of the way he was handling his job.
Among independents, Bush's approval has plummeted since the beginning of the
year. In the latest poll, 33 percent of independents approved of his
performance, while 66 percent disapproved. In January, independents were
evenly divided, with 49 percent approving and an equal percentage