A new poll shows that Bush's approval ratings have dropped to a record low.
Bush's low job approval is far below that of some of his two-term predecessors at this point in their second terms. In November 1985, President Reagan had a 65 percent approval rating, and Bill Clinton's job approval in November 1997 was 57 percent. Bush's rating is higher than Richard Nixon's was at the same point in his administration.
Both Reagan and Clinton endured scandals during their second terms. In January 1998, when facing questions about his affair with Monica Lewinsky, President Clinton's job approval ratings actually rose, reaching the low 70s, and remained at least in the 60s throughout the rest of that year. President Reagan's job approval rating dropped by more than 20 points to 46 percent in November 1986, just after public disclosures about the Iran-Contra scandal. During 1987 Reagan's approval rating hovered around 50 percent, but began to rise again in 1988. President Richard Nixon's approval rating fell as the Watergate scandal became public in the first half of 1973, and was at about 25 percent during 1974.
I find it funny how much Democrats continue to put so much emphasis on idiot polls . . . using them to discredit the President and to feed their anti-Bush rhetoric. But what Democrats don't seem to realize is that these polls mean NOTHING, especially to an incumbent President. In other words, Bush won in 2000 and he won again in 2004 . . . GET OVER IT!!! Bush could have a zero approval rating and he'd still be President for the next 3 years.
Plus, does any Democrat worth mentioning really think that Bush and the rest of GOP are losing any sleep over the President's low ratings? I don't think so. And why should they? Republicans have far more important things to focus on: like furthering their agenda, expanding their base, cutting taxes while increasing spending and getting another conservative judge on the Supreme Court.
So instead of wasting energy on meaningless polls, Democrats would be wise to turn their attention away and be more concerned about the upcoming Congressional elections in 2006. Both the House and the Senate currently own a majority, if Democrats are really interested in hurting Bush, that's where their focus needs to geared towards